Cincinnati (42-58) at Los Angeles (46-54)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Wed Jul 27, 2005
  • TV: FSOH, FSN2
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are making up ground in the weak NL West.

The Dodgers will look to move closer to the top of the division when they continue their four-game series with the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers beat the Reds 7-4 on Tuesday for their second straight win and fifth in seven games. With the victory, they moved within four games of the NL West-leading San Diego Padres, who lost their eighth straight on Tuesday.

Los Angeles also moved within one game of the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who have lost five of their last seven.

“That’s just a testament to how weak our division is,” second baseman Jeff Kent said. “But that’s what’s going to be fun for these games in September. The only thing you need to do as a player is keep showing up and trying. That’s what we’re doing, and we’ll keep doing that until we can’t try anymore. It’s going to be very interesting.”

Kent and Olmedo Saenz homered and Cesar Izturis hit a go-ahead single in the seventh for the Dodgers, who have a tough three-game series against the NL-leading St. Louis Cardinals looming this weekend.

“When you win, it’s more fun. You bet,” Kent said. “Guys are a little bit more happy and a little more upbeat. We try not to overanalyze it—just keep doing it.”

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 523rd career homer for the Reds, who fell to 7-5 since the All-Star break. Starter Eric Milton, who became the NL’s first 11-game loser, added his second career homer.

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