The Dodgers hope to recover when they take on Eric Milton, who has allowed the most homers in the majors, in the finale of a three-game set against the Reds.
This series began Friday with Los Angeles sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 13-6 victory. It was the Reds’ eighth straight defeat, and another one Saturday would have given the team its longest losing streak since an 11-game slide in June 1998.
Things seemed headed that way with the Dodgers leading 3-0 through five innings, but the Reds scored six runs while batting around in the sixth and went on for an 11-3 victory.
D’Angelo Jimenez, who had been in a 1-for-14 slump, came off the bench in the sixth and ended up getting three hits—all from the left side—and scored three runs.
“I’ve been struggling with my left-handed swing,” the switch hitter said. “Coming off the bench and getting those hits in a win is good. The big thing is getting the win.”
Cincinnati now is in position to win a series for the first time since taking two of three against Houston from April 15-17.
To win this game, though, the Reds likely need Milton to keep the Dodgers’ lineup in check. In six starts, he has already given up 11 homers. No other pitcher had allowed more than eight entering the weekend.
The good news for Cincinnati, though, is that Milton has given up just four homers in 23 1-3 innings at home, compared to seven in 9 1-3 innings on the road.
Los Angeles, which came into the weekend fifth in the majors with 33 homers and third with a .441 slugging percentage, had 10 hits Saturday but just two were for extra bases. J.D. Drew hit his fifth homer, but Jeff Kent and Hee-Sop Choi, who combined for three homers and eight RBIs on Friday, were each held to a single and no RBIs.
The Reds, meanwhile, saw Austin Kearns homer for the second straight game and the team had five doubles while matching its highest run total of the season.
“They’re a good offensive team,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “They didn’t hit a lot of balls hard in that (sixth) inning, outside of Kearns, but they got us.”