If there was a point this season where the Cincinnati Reds were most desperate for a win, it would have been last night. After losing Tuesday evening pushing the losing skid to four games, a win Wednesday night would be a huge confidence booster before heading to Arizona.
Even with ace Clayton Kershaw standing in the way, the Reds somehow found a way, thanks in part to a Brandon Phillips bomb and a great outing from Homer Bailey, to pull off a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"It was a really big win. Whew, we needed that one," Bailey said. "You don't ever want to get swept — I don't care where you're at or who you're playing. We really needed that, especially with a road trip tonight heading over to Phoenix. We need to start that series on a good note."
Bailey brought his A-game as he pitched seven innings giving up just two earned runs on five hits and fanning six. It was his third win in his last four starts.
Kershaw got nicked early by the Reds offense. Todd Frazier
smacked a one-out double down the left field line. He was followed by Phillips who launched his fourth home run this season.
"Brandon hitting the two-run homer was big. That was a big early lead for us," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It was important. Runs were a premium. The mist comes and the air gets heavier. Not a lot of balls are going to go over the fence in this ballpark later in the game."
Both pitchers settled in and the game went scoreless for the next three innings until the Dodgers were able to plate a run in the fifth. Justin Turner doubled to lead off the inning, advanced to third on a groundout, and finally scored on a passed ball to cut the Reds lead to one.
But that one run lead was short lived as the Reds came back the next half inning and scored on a wild pitch. Frazier doubled again and advanced on a groundout. Following a Devin Mesoraco walk, Frazier scored when the ball got away from Kershaw pushing the lead to 3-1.
The Dodgers weren't finished yet. Leading off the bottom half of the sixth, Yasiel Puig, who has been one of the hottest batter in the month of May, launched his 11th home run of the season. The solo shot made the score 3-2.
The Reds bullpen took over and came up big. Manny Parra
walked the leadoff batter but was able to record the first out of the inning before Jonathan Broxton
came in. He faced Puig and Hanley Ramirez and forced both to fly out to Jay Bruce to end the threat.
was retired in the ninth, Aroldis Chapman took over and retired the side in order to collect his fifth save of the year.
"We're kind of past that early part of the season. We're not in the early stages," Price said. "We're getting into the meat of the middle of this thing. We need to play better, and we need to secure wins. Here is a great one-run victory where we grinded it out and found a way to get a lead. The bullpen did a great job of shutting it down. It was a huge win."
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