CINCINNATI — Order has been restored in the baseball universe.
The Dodgers avoided their first season sweep by the Cincinnati Reds in franchise history, breaking out offensively for a 8-1 victory Wednesday afternoon.
The win followed six consecutive losses to the Reds this season, the Dodgers’ longest losing streak to the Reds since 1978-79.
The Dodgers took their time about it. Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani retired the first nine batters he faced, striking out four.
But Joc Pederson hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and the Dodgers scored seven more times before the end of the sixth inning.
Justin Turner (back in the lineup after getting Tuesday night off) drove in three of those runs with a two-run single and an RBI double. Yasmani Grandal also had three RBI, one on a ground-rule double when a fan in the right-field stands reached over and caught his drive just before it would have hit the top of the wall. Grandal also had a pair of RBI singles. Yasiel Puig was on base four times (two singles, a double and a walk).
It was the 11th time in 50 games since the All-Star break the Dodgers have scored eight or more runs in a game – but Tuesday’s loss was the 25th time in that stretch they were held to three runs or fewer.
Ross Stripling made his first start since Aug. 9 and was limited to 51 pitches over 3 1/3 innings. He allowed a solo home run to Jose Peraza in the first inning, but the Reds didn’t score again.
Stripling and six relievers combined to hold the Reds scoreless on three hits over the final eight innings.
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