Devin Mesoraco launched a two-run homerun, his sixth long ball this year, in the eighth inning of Tuesday evenings game against Los Angeles but it was too little too late as the Dodgers went on to win 6-3 to hand the Cincinnati Reds their fourth consecutive loss.
Dodgers starting pitching has been the Reds kryptonite this series. After Cincinnati was six out away from being part of a perfect game, Zack Greinke went seven and two-thirds of an inning allowing just three earned runs on eight hits while fanning 11.
"He's a very good pitcher," Reds manager Bryan Price said of the Dodgers starter. "But we just weren't in the position where we could give up a bulk of runs. We did. They had a big inning. Against him when he's on, it's a knockout blow."
On a lighter note, the Reds offense is the first team this season to score more than two runs against Greinke.
Before Mesoraco's home run in the eighth, the Dodgers held a 6-1 lead. Los Angeles struck first off of starter Alfredo Simon when Andre Ethier homered with the bases empty with two outs in the second inning. Two innings later the Dodgers plated four runs thanks to a three-run triple from Ethier and an RBI single from Chone Figgins.
Cincinnati finally got on the board with an RBI single courtesy of Roger Bernadina in the top of the fifth.
"Ethier just got a pitch to hit, and he hit it and we couldn't stop the bleeding," Price said.
This was Simon's worst start since allowing five runs in three innings against the Rockies earlier this month.
"He's been so good this year about getting out of jams," Mesoraco said. "He's had guys on base and been able to find a way to get out of it. Today, he left some pitches over the middle part of the strike zone, and they capitalized on it."
The bullpen was able to keep the offense in check. Logan Ondrusek pitched two and a third innings allowing just one hit. Sean Marshall allowed a run in an inning and J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless inning as well.