CINCINNATI -- Todd Frazier's RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning drove home rookie Billy Hamilton with the winning run, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. In the tenth inning, Brian Wilson issued a leadoff walk to Ryan Ludwick. Hamilton, who's now 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts since being recalled from Triple-A this week, pinch-ran and promptly stole second. Frazier lined a single to right and Hamilton scored the game-winner. Cincinnati (81-62) moved to within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central. The magic number for the Dodgers (83-58) to clinch the National League West Division remained 11. J.J. Hoover (4-5) earned the victory. Wilson (1-1) took the loss. Yasiel Puig hit his 15th home run for Los Angeles in the second inning. Second baseman Cesar Izturis, starting in place of Brandon Phillips, went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Dodgers starter Zach Greinke allowed two earned runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out nine. Reds starter Mat Latos gave up three earned runs in seven innings. He allowed two hits with a walk and a hit batter in the first inning, but the Dodgers managed just one run. RBI singles by Jay Bruce and Ludwick in the bottom of the first put Cincinnati ahead 2-1. Greinke allowed two runs on four hits in the first inning, but he cruised from there. The Reds managed just four hits over his subsequent five innings. Puig launched a 2-2 pitch from Latos for a two-out, two-run home run putting the Dodgers up 3-2 in the second. The Dodgers missed a chance to increase their lead in the fourth when, with runners on first and second, Adrian Gonzalez singled to right but Greinke was tagged out in a rundown between third and home. Cincinnati loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. But Greinke struck out both Bruce and Ludwick swinging to end the inning. Greinke exited with 106 pitches after six innings, and the Reds took advantage of the Dodgers bullpen. Izturis' RBI double off Paco Rodriguez drove home Shin-Soo Choo to tie the score 3-3 in the seventh. NOTES: Phillips, still feeling the effects of a left quad contusion suffered in Thursday's game, wasn't in the starting lineup on Saturday. ... Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano, who left Friday's game with a mild left groin strain, plans to throw a bullpen session on Monday then determine next steps. "We don't know if he can make his next start until he throws a bullpen," said manager Don Mattingly. "We'll see where he is then." RHP Edinson Volquez will start on Tuesday against Arizona. ... Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, who skipped a start due to mid-back soreness, will throw a bullpen session on Sunday. "Ryu feels good enough to throw a pen tomorrow," Mattingly said. "We're very confident he'll be ready (to start) Wednesday." ... The Reds honored Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan in a pregame ceremony on Saturday and unveiled a bronze statue of him outside Great American Ball Park prior to the game. ... Choo's single in the fifth extended his on-base streak to 14 games.
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By Jeff Wallner, The Sports Xchange September 7, 2013 5:21 PM