June 18, 2017
Logan Forsythe and Justin Turner homered as the Dodgers held on to beat the Reds 8-7 on Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. The win gave LA a 3-game sweep over Cincinnati.
Kenta Maeda (5-3) got the win after pitching five strong innings, and driving in two runs. Kike Hernandez also made a game-saving catch in the 8th inning to help LA get the win.
The victory was the Dodgers’ ninth in the last ten games. It also completed a six game road trip in which they went 5-1 against the Indians and Reds.
“It got a little close for us,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “Our bullpen has been lights out all year. They put some good at-bats against us. Like I’ve said, that’s a very good offensive club. To get out of here with three (wins) is huge.”
Maeda, in his first appearance since June 9 and first start since June 4, allowed just three hits and one run in five innings.
Kenley Jansen came in to record the last three outs for his fifteenth save of the season.
The Reds rallied for six runs against the Dodger bullpen, including three home runs by Scooter Gennett, Adam Duvall, and Eugenio Suarez. They came against Grant Dayton, Josh Fields, and Pedro Baez.
Bronson Arroyo took the loss, falling to 3-6 on the season. He gave up five runs on seven hits in just three innings of work.
The Dodgers now return home to begin a four-game series with the Mets beginning Monday night at Chavez Ravine. Clayton Kershaw (9-2, 2.23 ERA) gets the ball for LA. Zack Wheeler (3-4, 4.48 ERA) goes for New York.