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Cincinnati Reds Take Opener with Los Angeles Dodgers

It appeared to be another, here we go again, for Cincinnati Reds’ fans as Homer Bailey allowed 2 runs in the first 2 innings Monday evening against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  However, as it turned out, Bailey really settled down and pitched very well from the second inning on.  He allowed 2 hits and no runs after the second to pick up his 6th win of the season 8-2.

Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier were the heroes for the Cincinnati Reds this go around at the plate.  The catcher, who hadn’t had an RBI since the very first week of June, came through big time for the Reds.  He went 2-3 and drove in 3 runs (all came with two outs) to give the Reds the lead.  Frazier, not to be outdone, drove in 3 runs himself.

It was the last four frames that proved to be the winner for the Reds.  After falling behind 2-0, the Cincinnati Reds came through with 8 runs from the 6th inning on.

The short handed Cincinnati Reds really played well with the subs.  Joey Votto, Scott Rolen and Zack Cozart were out for this one.  Actually, Cozart started the game but was nailed with a 91 mph fastball in the head during the 5th inning.  He, of course, did not return.

The final line for Bailey was 8 innings pitched, 2 earned runs, 5 hits, 1 base-on-balls, 6 strikeouts.  Aroldis Chapman came in to finish the game by striking out 2 and allowing one hit.

The same two teams will go at it again on Tuesday night as the Cincinnati Reds will send out Johnny Cueto, who will be going for his 10th victory of the season. 

It looks as though Votto will be back in the line-up on Tuesday and possibly Rolen.  Cozart will, more than likely, remain out to get further testing, just in case.  He left the game under his own power and smiling.

The win moved the Cincinnati Reds back to 9 games over .500 (44-35) and kept them one game ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the divisional lead.

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