Fighting off a small early-season slump, outfielder A.J. Pollock provided all the firepower the Dodgers needed on Wednesday afternoon, as Los Angeles cruised to a 3-2 victory over the Reds and swept the three-game series in the process.
The Dodgers now find themselves in the middle of a four-game winning streak.
Pollock’s two-run shot to center came off of Cincinnati starter Sonny Gray in the bottom of the sixth inning. Scoring on the play were Austin Barnes and Cody Bellinger, who both reached base on walks by Gray.
Pollock’s blast also allowed the Dodgers match a MLB record—32 consecutive home games with a home run.
In his fourth start of the year, righty Walker Buehler looked sharp, allowing just one run on three hits and one walk while striking out eight. Buehler threw 92 pitches over 6-1/3 innings.
Scott Alexander and Pedro Baez combined to finish off the seventh without any damage. Baez also threw the entire eighth inning, but ran into a bit of trouble after hitting former teammate Kyle Farmer.
Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to record his fifth save of the season. Jansen encountered a problem when second baseman Enrique Hernandez apparently lost a Yasiel Puig pop-out in the sun. Puig later advanced to third on an errant throw by Barnes and scored on a Matt Kemp sacrifice fly to left field.
Gray took the loss after going an even six innings. The right-hander allowed all three Los Angeles runs on two hits and two walks while striking out nine.
Aside from Pollocks homer, Bellinger and Alex Verdugo added singles for Los Angeles. The Dodgers were limited to a total of three hits on the afternoon.
Puig, Kemp and Jose Iglesias had the only hits for the Reds. Yasiel scored his first run of the game when Eugenio Suarez grounded into a fielders choice to shortstop Chris Taylor in the top of the seventh frame.
Immediately following the game, the Dodgers packed their bags and set off for Milwaukee, where they will begin a four-game set against the Brewers on Thursday. Milwaukee stole two of three from Los Angeles last weekend at Dodger Stadium.
Stay tuned on Friday morning as we plan on putting together a concise preview of the Milwaukee series.