CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto broke out of his slump with a two-run homer and right-hander Mike Leake overcame a rough first inning to pitch seven strong innings, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game weekend series on Friday night at Great American Ball Park.
In the ninth, Aroldis Chapman struck out Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, and Hanley Ramirez, all swinging, for his 35th save.
Leake (12-6) settled in after a rough first inning and held the Dodgers to three hits through the subsequent 6 2/3 innings, retiring 13 straight in one stretch.
LA starting pitcher Chris Capuano left the game in the second inning with a mild left groin strain. The Dodgers bullpen allowed Votto, who was mired in a 3-for-37 slump, to go 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer into the second-deck bleachers in left field, putting the Dodgers ahead 2-0 in the first inning. His 16th home run of the year traveled an estimated 432 feet.
The Dodgers bullpen went to work after Capuano's injury in the second. The Reds were held hitless until Votto singled leading off the fourth against Stephen Fife.
Votto hit a two-run homer off J.P. Howell with two outs in the fifth, putting Cincinnati ahead 3-2.
NOTES: Dodgers OF Matt Kemp has suffered a setback, making it less likely he'll return this season. "He's not having a very good couple of days," manager Don Mattingly said. "He felt some hamstring stuff (Thursday), so he didn't hit today. I would say he's slowing his roll a little bit." Kemp has been on the DL since July 22 with a left ankle sprain. Asked if the hamstring issue could jeopardize Kemp's season, Mattingly said, "I don't like to concede anything." ... Puig made his first start since leaving Monday's game with a strained right knee. "We wouldn't we put him out there if we didn't think he was good to go," Mattingly said. "He says he's good. Training staff says he's OK. So he's back." ... Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup after leaving Thursday's game with a left quad contusion. ... The Reds are honoring Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan throughout the weekend series. Each of the "Great Eight" members of the storied Big Red Machine teams of the 1970s, including Morgan, Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion and Pete Rose, are expected to participate.