The Dodgers came up with a 2-1 win in the opener on Tuesday, a rare one-run victory. Los Angeles has won three of eight one-run games, including dropping four straight from April 10-15.
“After a day off, it was a little bit of a struggle,” Brian Jordan said. “We still had some jet lag in us, but guys came through. You need a game like that.”
The Reds, meanwhile, lost for the eighth time in their last 10 to fall to an NL-worst 6-14. Cincinnati ranks last in the NL in pitching, last in defense and second-to-last in hitting.
“Everybody looks at the record and makes a big deal about our record, but we’re not worried about that,” Reds manager Bob Boone said. “We’re worried about putting a game together. I thought we put a good game together tonight.”
Tuesday’s game featured a rare pitcher’s duel at Great American, where for the first time in 10 games there was not a home run.
STANDINGS: Dodgers - 3rd place, 6 1/2 GB, NL West. Reds - 6th place, 76 GB, NL Central.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Darren Dreifort (1-0, 3.79 ERA). Dreifort pitched well in his last start, but did not earn a decision in Los Angeles’ 4-3 win over San Diego on Thursday. The right-hander allowed three runs, four hits and two walks over seven innings, while striking out seven. Dreifort is 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA lifetime against the Reds.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Chris Reitsma (6-12, 3.64 ERA in 2002). Reitsma is making his first start after opening the season at Triple-A Louisville. The right-hander was one of Cincinnati’s most consistent starters last season, but was demoted after allowing 10 earned runs in 15 1-3 innings this spring. Reitsma is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA in his career against Los Angeles.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Dave Roberts, .310 avg., 15 runs and 10 SBs; Shawn Green and Jordan 12 RBIs; Jordan, 3 HRs. Reds - Sean Casey, .364 avg.; Austin Kearns, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs and 15 runs; three tied with 1 SB.
SEASON SERIES: Dodgers, 1-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - OF Roberts dropped a fly ball on Tuesday for his first error in 222 games in the majors. … RHP Guillermo Mota didn’t get into Tuesday’s game. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Monday morning. … OF Roberts has seven stolen bases in his last eight games. Reds - Bench coach Ray Knight had surgery for kidney stones Tuesday and will be sidelined until early May. Knight has a history of kidney stone problems, missing three games as the Reds’ manager because of them in 1996. … 1B Casey singled in his first at-bat on Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to eight games. … Prior to Tuesday’s 2-1 loss, the lowest scoring game at Great American was Cincinnati’s 5-4 win over Chicago on April 6.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 4-7 on the road; Reds - 3-7 at home.
INJURIES: Dodgers - OF Chad Hermansen (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL. Reds - IF Barry Larkin (calf), 15-day DL; OF Russell Branyan (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jimmy Haynes (back), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (arm), 60-day DL.