BY JILL PAINTER LOPEZ, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scott Schebler hit a go-ahead three-run homer to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night.
The Reds (13-27) have won five consecutive games.
Schebler hit the home run to left field off Dodgers reliever J.T. Chargois in a four-run fifth inning. It was Schebler’s fourth of the season and first since April 28. Chargois had come in for relief of starter Ross Stripling, who made a quality start. Chargois allowed a single to Scooter Gennett, the first batter he faced, then gave up the home run.
Chargois gave way to reliever Pat Venditte, the ambidextrous pitcher, who was called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He pitched in his first major league game since 2016 when he was with Seattle. Venditte, who pitched both lefty and righty against the Reds, allowed a hit and struck out one while getting four outs.
Stripling had struck out a career-high seven batters and allowed just two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Stripling started the season in the bullpen and was pulled after 79 pitches.
The Dodgers have lost three consecutive games and six of their last seven.
The Reds are the National League Central’s worst team, but have found a groove on the road. After throwing four scoreless innings in his first start with the Reds on Friday, Matt Harvey mentioned that the Reds haven’t lost since they traded for him from the Mets. It’s still true.
Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run in the third inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Bellinger, like many of the Dodgers, hadn’t been hitting for power, but he got all of a Homer Bailey fastball. It was his first home run since May 1 and second home run in the last 20 games.
The Dodgers added to that lead in the fourth inning when Joc Pederson’s single scored Austin Barnes.
Jesse Winkler hit a run-scoring single to right field to get the Reds on the board in the fifth inning. And in the sixth, the Reds took the lead via the Schebler home run, yet another disappointment by the Dodgers bullpen.
Max Muncy had two hits Saturday after having two hits Friday as well.
Bailey allowed three runs on 10 hits. Reliever Jared Hughes earned the save.
Reds: INF Scooter Gennett (shoulder) is playing but not at 100 percent and homered in his four previous games. Still, Riggleman said he will try to to find an off day here or there so he can rest his shoulder.
Dodgers: INF Justin Turner (fractured wrist) played third base in a rehab game Saturday. Turner could play his first game of the season with the Dodgers on the upcoming roadtrip to Miami and Washington. INF Logan Forsythe (right shoulder inflammation) was scheduled to be the designated hitter in a rehab assignment Saturday. He’ll play second base Sunday and could join the Dodgers on their roadtrip starting Tuesday in Miami.
Reds: Luis Castillo (2-4, 6.47) will make his first career appearance against the Dodgers. He retired the first 14 batters he faced in the Reds’ win against the Mets, which started the team’s win streak.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (1-1, 7.11) has struggled his last two starts, both against the Diamondbacks, allowing a combined 12 earned runs in nine innings.
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