Published April 20, 2010
| Associated Press
CINCINNATI (AP) — Paul Janish singled home the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night, and the Cincinnati Reds blew a six-run lead before rallying to an 11-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers that broke their five-game losing streak.
Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer in the eighth that tied it 9-all and put the onus on an LA bullpen that has been a big problem. Ramon Troncoso (1-1) walked two before Janish singled with two outs.
Mike Lincoln (1-0) got the final out that ended the Dodgers' comeback in the eighth. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his fifth save in six tries, extending Cincinnati's penchant for dramatic wins. All six Reds victories have come off rallies in their final at-bat.
Usually, the Dodgers are at their best against the Reds, going 22-5 against Cincinnati since 2006. It's their best winning percentage against any team during that span, according to STATS LLC.
This time, they couldn't overcome Chad Billingsley's early meltdown. The Dodgers failed to move above .500 for the second time this season.
The Reds learned before the game that right-hander Edinson Volquez got a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned fertility substance. The punishment won't hurt the Reds — Volquez is coming back from reconstructive elbow surgery and won't be ready to pitch until late July, after the suspension ends.
Homer Bailey, one of the young pitchers counted on to steady the rotation while Volquez is gone, got off to a poor start. The 23-year-old right-hander had a 31-pitch first inning, when the Dodgers loaded the bases with the help of a pair of walks and Casey Blake doubled for a 3-0 lead.
Blake also tripled home a run in the sixth, when the Dodgers knocked Bailey out of the game with Cincinnati ahead 9-5 lead. Masset gave up four runs in the eighth to tie it.
The Reds appeared to be in control after Billingsley's early meltdown. They scored six runs in the second, which started with Brandon Phillips' homer and was extended by Billingsley's wild throw to first base on Bailey's sacrifice attempt. Joey Votto's two-run homer made it 9-3 in the fourth.
Manny Ramirez was back in the Dodgers' lineup after starting the last two games on the bench because of a tight right calf. He had no trouble running out a double in the sixth inning.
NOTES: RH Ronald Belisario is expected to be added to the Dodgers' roster as soon as Wednesday, bolstering the bullpen. ... Dodgers RH reliever Jon Link made his major league debut, throwing two hitless innings. ... 3B Scott Rolen was back in the Reds' lineup after missing three games with a sore back. He had three hits. ... Hall of Famer Joe Morgan visited Reds manager Dusty Baker before the game. Pete Rose watched the game from the stands.