Cincinnati (35-33) at Los Angeles (31-37)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Tue Jun 14, 2011
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While Johnny Cueto(notes) has pitched consistently well for the Cincinnati Reds, the same can’t be said for Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw(notes) of late.

The two will oppose each other for the second time in just over a week Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Cueto (3-2, 1.93 ERA) is coming off perhaps his best outing of the season Thursday, pitching seven innings and striking out a season-high eight in a 3-0 win at San Francisco. The right-hander hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his seven starts, including a productive outing June 4 against the Dodgers.

Cueto allowed two runs in seven innings but did not earn a decision in Los Angeles’ 11-8, 11-inning victory, ending a three-start losing streak against the Dodgers. He’s 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in those four outings, though he may be able to earn that elusive victory given his recent overall success.

Kershaw (6-3, 3.44) also didn’t earn a decision opposite Cueto in that meeting, though his outing wasn’t as productive. He allowed six runs in 6 2-3 innings, marking the first of two straight starts yielding at least six runs.

The left-hander followed that outing by allowing seven in six innings Thursday against Colorado, again escaping without a decision. His ERA has risen nearly a full run over those two starts, jumping from 2.62 after pitching a two-hit shutout May 29 against Florida.

Kershaw is 4-1 with a 2.61 ERA at home this season, though Los Angeles (31-37) fell 6-4 to Cincinnati (35-33) on Monday in its return to Dodger Stadium following a 10-game road trip.

The Dodgers scored 21 runs and had 35 hits in their last two wins against Colorado, but the Reds held them to six hits.

Reigning NL MVP Joey Votto(notes), who is hitting .308 with two homers lifetime against Kershaw, hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning Monday to give the Reds a four-run lead.

Votto is hitting .348 with three homers and 12 RBIs in his 12 games this month. Monday’s blast was his first homer since hitting a three-run shot off Kershaw on June 4.

“(Votto) is very confident and he has a tremendous idea of what he’s doing out there because he studies,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He stays all business and comes to play. I mean, he has fun, but he’s basically a no-nonsense guy when the game starts. He’s just a pleasure to be around and he’s very easy to manage.”

Cincinnati played without third baseman Scott Rolen(notes), who is day to day after fouling a ball of his foot Sunday against San Francisco. Rolen hopes to be in the lineup Tuesday.

“I’m not dead and it’s not broken,” Rolen told the team’s official website. “But it happened in the second inning (Sunday) and I had to stand out on it for three hours. I’ll be pretty hobbling on it.”

Matt Kemp(notes) and Andre Ethier(notes) both have had success against Cueto. Kemp (5 for 9) and Ethier (3 for 9) are hitting a combined .444 with three home runs against the Reds starter.

Kemp, who is having one of the best seasons of his career, is hitting .457 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in his last 10 games.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Cueto KC vs. C. Kershaw LAD
9-5 Record 21-5
2.31 ERA 2.28
104 K 248
47 BB 54
1.09 WHIP 0.98


Tuesday, Jun 14