Reds 11, Dodgers 3

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CINCINNATI (AP)—Just when D’Angelo Jimenez’s job seemed to be in jeopardy, he hit his way back into the picture.

Jimenez snapped a slump by coming off the bench to produce three hits, including two doubles, and Austin Kearns hit his second home run in two days as the Cincinnati Reds snapped an eight-game losing streak with an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

The switch-hitting second baseman didn’t enter the game until the sixth, but went 3-for-3 from the left side and scored three times as the Reds matched their season high in runs and avoided their longest losing streak since an 11-game drought in June 1998.

“I don’t remember (anybody getting) three hits off the bench,” manager Dave Miley said. “Somebody might’ve had two, but you don’t usually see that when you double-switch and the guy stays in the game. It’s a good sign that he kept working.”

Jimenez was hitting .111 (6-for-54) left-handed this season, and he’d lost his starting job after getting one hit in his last 14 at-bats. He said he noticed a flaw in his stride while watching video on Friday night.

“I’ve been struggling with my left-handed swing,” he said. “Coming off the bench and getting those hits in a win is good. The big thing is getting the win.”

Los Angeles starter Derek Lowe had a 3-0 lead and had allowed just one hit before the Reds sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth.

Jimenez, pinch-hitting for reliever David Weathers, led off with a single, and Felipe Lopez broke up the shutout with a double one out later. Lopez scored on a single by Sean Casey and, after Ken Griffey Jr. lined out, Casey moved to third on Adam Dunn’s single to right.

Casey scored the tying run and Dunn moved from first to third on a wild pitch to Joe Randa, advancing as Lowe argued with plate umpire Rick Reed.

“(Third base coach) Mark Berry had just said, ‘If the ball kicks around, be ready to score,”’ said Casey, who slid headfirst. “He told me to look for something in the dirt. I saw it bounce and when it popped in the air, I took off.”

Said Lowe: “Randa’s had a lot of success against me. Sometimes, you try to make the perfect pitch and you throw a 58-footer. It’s stupid … frustrating.”

On the second pitch after the wild pitch, Randa gave the Reds a 4-3 lead with a single before Kearns’ fifth homer of the season and second in two games.

“I don’t know if it’s all coming together,” said Kearns, who had two hits in his last 19 at-bats, including Friday’s homer. “I’m just trying to make it come together.”

The Reds added two runs in the seventh on a fielder’s choice groundout by Lopez and Griffey’s double and three in the eighth on Jimenez’s second double, Ryan Freel’s single and another fielder’s choice by Lopez.

“They’re a good offensive team,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “They didn’t hit a lot of balls hard in that inning, outside of Kearns, but they got us.”

Lowe (2-3) gave up seven hits and six runs in 5 2-3 innings.

Weathers (2-0) recorded two outs in the sixth inning to get the win.

Ramon Ortiz made his second start for the Reds since coming off the disabled list. Ortiz, who lasted fewer than three innings in Cincinnati’s 13-3 loss at Milwaukee last Sunday, allowed eight hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings.

The Dodgers couldn’t score after loading the bases with one out in the first inning, but J.D. Drew gave them a 2-0 lead in the third by following Hee-Seop Choi’s single with his fifth home run.

Los Angeles made it 3-0 in the fourth when Mike Edwards tripled with one out and scored on Paul Bako’s squeeze bunt.


The Reds’ sixth-inning lead was their first since blowing a 9-3 lead in the ninth on Monday. They went 32 innings over four games without leading. … Since going hitless in his first 25 at-bats of the season, Drew is hitting .370 (27-for-73) with five homers and 13 RBIs in 24 games. … Edwards’ triple was his first in the majors. … Dodgers CF Milton Bradley was hitless in 10 at-bats before he singled in the eighth. … Casey was hitless in his 11 at-bats before his single in the sixth. … Griffey extended his hitting streak to 11 games, matching his longest in six seasons with Cincinnati.

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