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Rolen sparks Reds' rally in 8-5 win over Dodgers

CINCINNATI (AP) — Scott Rolen hit a go-ahead, two-run double to spark a seventh-inning rally and rookie Mike Leake earned his first major league victory in the Cincinnati Reds' 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

Leake was making his third professional start — all in the major leagues this year. He went seven innings and became the first Cincinnati starter to win this season.

Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer for the Reds, who came from behind twice for their seventh victory of the year.

Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez left in the sixth after straining his right calf while running out a single. It was not immediately known how long the slugger will be sidelined.

Andre Ethier and pinch-hitter Garret Anderson each had a two-run homer for Los Angeles.

The Dodgers were leading 5-4 when Rolen smacked a two-run double off the left-center wall with two outs in the seventh. Drew Stubbs and Ryan Hanigan added run-scoring singles as the Reds sent nine batters to the plate against Los Angeles relievers Hong-Chih Kuo (0-1) and Ronald Belisario.

Leake (1-0) allowed eight hits and five runs with one walk and five strikeouts. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities.

Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla gave up eight hits and four runs — three earned. He didn't walk anybody and finished with eight strikeouts, giving him 1,000 in his career.

Matt Kemp singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and Ethier followed with his fifth home run of the season and second in two nights.

Chris Dickerson led off the bottom half with an infield single, moved to third on Orlando Cabrera's chopper over the head of third baseman Casey Blake and scored on Joey Votto's sacrifice fly down the left-field line that Ramirez tracked down with a lunging catch after a long run.

The Dodgers got that run back in the fifth on Blake DeWitt's leadoff single and a two-out RBI single by Rafael Furcal, who drove in four runs in the Dodgers' 14-6 win on Wednesday.

Bruce gave the Reds a 4-3 lead in the sixth with a two-run shot into the visitors' bullpen down the right-field line, but Anderson got it back for Los Angeles by lining a two-run drive into the right-field seats in the seventh. The homer was his first since last Sept. 21 for Atlanta at New York.

NOTES: Slumping Reds OF Drew Stubbs batted somewhere other than leadoff for the first time in 49 career starts. Stubbs, who went into the game hitless in his last 19 at-bats, flied out in the first before singling in the fifth while batting seventh. ... DeWitt singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to a career-high six games. He had been stopped at five three times. ... Before the game, the Dodgers placed RHP Jeff Weaver on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms and activated Kuo. ... Los Angeles also announced that RHP Russ Ortiz had chosen to become a free agent after being designated for assignment on Sunday. ... The Reds optioned RHP Logan Ondrusek to Triple-A Louisville and recalled RHP Carlos Fisher.