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Ethier, Greinke lead Dodgers over Reds

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Andre Ethier homered and drove in four
runs to back another solid start from Zack Greinke, as the Los Angeles Dodgers
downed the Cincinnati Reds, 6-3, in the second test of a three-game series
Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

Ethier smacked a solo shot in the second and added a bases-clearing triple in
the fourth in support of Greinke (8-1), who struck out 11 and held the Reds to
three runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. Greinke had gone an MLB-record 22
straight starts without allowing more than two earned runs.

J.P. Howell fanned Jay Bruce to end the eighth and Kenley Jansen worked a
1-2-3 ninth to record his 16th save of the season.

Hanley Ramirez returned from a three-game absence and added an RBI for the
Dodgers, who have won three straight games.

Devin Mesoraco drilled a two-run homer for the Reds, who have lost four in a
row. Alfredo Simon (6-3) absorbed the loss after giving up five runs on five
hits and four walks in just 3 2/3 innings.

Ethier’s two-out blast in the second staked Los Angeles to a 1-0 lead before
the Dodgers loaded the bases in the fourth following back-to-back singles from
Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig and a one-out intentional walk to Adrian
Gonzalez.

Ethier then cleared the bags with a triple into the right-field corner, and
after Drew Butera walked, Chone Figgins smacked a single to right to score
Ethier for a 5-0 lead.

The Reds finally broke through against Greinke in the fifth, as Donald Lutz
clubbed a one-out double and scored two batters later on Roger Bernadina’s
single to center.

Los Angeles got the run back in the seventh when Ramirez ripped a base hit
back up the middle to score Crawford, who walked earlier in the frame.

Cincinnati chased Greinke in the eighth, as pinch-hitter Chris Heisey stroked
a leadoff double before moving to third on Billy Hamilton’s groundout.

Greinke bounced back to fan Skip Schumaker, but Mesoraco crushed a 3-2
fastball out to left to bring the Reds within 6-3.

Game Notes

Crawford left the game in the eighth inning with a sprained left ankle after
turning his ankle attempting to track down Heisey’s double. He was replaced in
left field by Scott Van Slyke … Ethier’s homer was his first since April 19
… Puig went 1-for-2 and has reached base safely in 28 straight games dating
back to April 25 … Cincinnati finished 2-for-7 with runners in scoring
position and left four men on base … Lutz finished with two of Cincinnati’s
eight hits.