Red-hot Cincinnati wins seventh straight

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Los Angeles, CA – Homer Bailey pitched seven effective innings and Brandon Phillips had three hits and drove in all of Cincinnati's runs in a 3-1 win over Los Angeles, as the Reds snapped a 12-game skid at Dodger Stadium.

Bailey (3-2) allowed four hits and a run, walked two and struck out six, as the Reds won their season-high seventh straight game overall and eighth in a row on the road. They widened their lead to 4 1/2 games over St. Louis in the NL Central.

"Homer was strong. He was throwing as hard at the end as he was in the beginning," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We scratched and clawed, and three runs were enough."

Carlos Monasterios (3-4) was charged with eight hits and three runs -- one earned -- over 4 1/3 innings for the Dodgers, who have lost seven of their last 10 contests.

"We have to find a way to generate some offense," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "We have to get some base hits. Monasterios got into a slow rhythm and he was unsure of himself."

Ryan Hanigan singled leading off the second inning, and Bailey added a base hit up the middle with two outs. Phillips' single to left plated the first run.

The Dodgers put men on second and third with one down in the third, but managed just one run. Scott Podsednik lined out to shortstop and then Ryan Theriot bunted for a base hit, scoring Jamey Carroll. Andre Ethier struck out swinging with runners at the corners.

The Reds regained the lead the next inning, helped by an error from Monasterios. Hanigan singled, and Drew Stubbs reached safely on a throwing error from the pitcher. After consecutive groundouts, Phillips singled to center for a 3-1 margin.

Theriot fouled out to first to leave two men on base in the fifth and Bailey fanned pinch-hitter Ronnie Belliard, leaving Casey Blake stranded at third to conclude the seventh.

"I felt good, I was happy with the way I threw," Bailey said. "The defense did a good job and we scored some runs. The good guys win again."

Arthur Rhodes retired the side in order in the eighth and Francisco Cordero gave up a single to Matt Kemp in the ninth before getting Blake to ground into a double play to end the game. It was Cordero's 33rd save of the year.

Game Notes

Monasterios was taking the place of Vicente Padilla, who landed on the disabled list with a bulging disc in his neck...At 71-51, the Reds are 20 games above .500 for the first time since they were 29 over at 96-67 at the conclusion of the 1999 season...This was Cincinnati's 1,000th win over the Dodgers since 1900...This was the Reds' first win at Dodger Stadium since their final appearance of the 2005 season, a 6-1 victory by Brandon Claussen on July 28 that year...Johnny Cueto finished serving his seven-game suspension and is due to start Saturday's game for the Reds.


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