Dodger Bats a No-Show -- Again

A pair of young Cincinnati players led the charge as the Reds knocked Hong-Chih Kuo out in the fourth inning and roll up an 8-1 lead. The Dodgers finished a five game road trip by losing four of them during which they scored a single run each time.

Edinson Volquez (3-0), sporting a 97 mph fastball and a disappearing changeup, remained unbeaten in four starts by allowing up three hits -- all doubles -- and a run in seven innings. The Reds got Volquez from Texas in the trade for Josh Hamilton last December.

On the offensive side of the books, Jerry Harriston, newly arrived from AAA Louisville where he was hitting .421, went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in to lead a 15-hit attack.

The young outfielder was called up before the first game of the series and got the Reds rolling in the second, becoming the first Reds player to get four hits in a game this season.

The Dodgers, fresh off a 9-1 win in the first game of the series, led in the game for about 10 minutes in the third inning. Reds KO Kuo, Top L.A. 8-1 During this time they had Volquez on the ropes but let him wriggle away.

Kuo himself slammed a shot off the left field fence for a double and scored when Rafael Furcal bounced a long shot over the center field wall for another two-bagger.

Russ Martin drew the first of four walks but Nomar Garciaparra bounced into a force play and Jeff Kent struck out, the first of his three strikeouts.

The Reds bounced back to tie the game when Jeff Keppinger lined a shot off his thigh to drive in the tying run in the bottom of the inning.

Kuo got the first batter in the fourth inning on a ground ball, then surrendered a home run, a double a two singles before manager Joe Torre rescued him and the Reds led 3-1.

Scott Proctor gave up a two-run single to Harriston and suddenly it was 5-1 and getting worse fast.

Esteban Loaiza surrendered a home run, single and double in the fifth and the Reds were never in trouble again.

Andre Ethier had singled in the second inning before Kou and Furcal doubled in the third and that was the extent of their offense against Volquez, who worked seven innings and struck out seven.

After Furcal's double in the third, his single in the eighth and James Loney's single in the ninth were the final Dodger hits of the evening.

The Reds split their two-game series with a rare victory over the Dodgers, who are 11-3 against Cincinnati since 2006. Two struggling lineups took turns breaking out during the short series.

After scoring only three runs over the weekend while getting swept in Atlanta, the Dodgers piled up 15 hits in a 9-3 win on Monday night.

After their one-game breakout, the Dodgers were back to scoring one run a game—their total output in four of the last five.

Kuo, who gave up eight hits and five runs in 3.2 innings. The left-hander hasn't made it to the fifth inning in any of his three starts.

Kuo had surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow last July and had some soreness in the elbow during spring training. He has thrown more pitches in each of his three starts, encouraging manager Joe Torre to stick with him for at least one more start.

Kuo came into the game with a sparkling 0.79 ERA (1 ER/11.1 innings) and was making his third start of the season and first on the road. He had never faced the Reds and was making just his 14th Major League start.

The Dodgers return home to meet the sizzling Arizona Diamondbacks who are threatening to run away and hide from not only the rest of the N.L. West but the National League as a whole.

The last time the Dodgers lost 12 of their first 20 games was 1996. They would go on to win 90 games that season and capture the NL wild card.

In a three-game sweep by Atlanta over the weekend, the Dodgers went a pitiful 1-for-22 with runners in scoring position. In the finale here, they went 1-for-8.

After Thursday, the Dodgers won't get another crack at Arizona until after the All-Star break so if you see the series with the Diamondbacks as a must-win event, you have a lot of company.

"You never want to take anything away from someone who pitched well, but we're better than what we have been showing," Torre said.

"We score runs, but they have been in bunches. We need to be a more consistent type of offense that we can throw at people, and that is one thing we expect will happen."

The Dodgers get a break in that they won't have to face former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb this series but that didn't bother the Diamondbacks the last time when they outscored L.A. 23-11 in the three-game sweep.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	001 000 000-1
Cincinnati	001 420 01x-8 

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  2  1  .397
Martin c	1  0  0  0  .231
Garciaparra 3b	4  0  0  0  .158
Kent 2b	        4  0  0  0  .262  
Ethier rf	2  0  1  0  .324
Kemp cf	        3  0  0  0  .276 
Loney 1b	4  0  1  0  .280
Pierre lf	4  0  0  0  .262
Kuo p	        1  1  1  0  .667
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Young ph	1  0  0  0  .222
 Loaiza p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Jones ph	1  0  0  0  .156
 Broxton	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	27 1  4  1
  Cincinnati   	37 8 15  8

 2b hits- Ethier (6), Kuo (1),
Furcal (9). RBI- Furcal (9).
LOB- Los Angeles 6, Cincinnati
7. DP- Kemp and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kuo (0-1)	3.2  8  5-5  0  1  3.60
Proctor	        0.1  1  0-0  0  0  8.64
Loaiza	        3.0  4  2-2  1  2  4.32
Broxton	        1.0  2  1-1  0  1  2.16
 T- 3:02. Att- 14,763.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Slumping Andruw Jones was out of LA's starting lineup with what he called allergies and Torre called the flu. Jones pinch-hit and struck out for the ninth time in his last 17 at-bats. "All your joints feel sore, like you've been hit by a car or something," Jones said. Jones spent the last few days working with special assignment coach Don Mattingly, who was with the team on its five-game trip. Torre said Jones' problems are obvious: He's trying to pull everything for a home run. ...Andy LaRoche will begin his rehab assignment at Double-A Jacksonville at Montgomery tonight. He'll DH in that game, then play 3B for the first time on Thursday night at Huntsville. Torre again mentioned that Andy will likely need the full 20 days because he didn't have much of a spring training. ...Their are some that feel the Dodgers will pick up Juan Castro, who played in the Los Angeles system for nine years and was just released by Cincinnati. He is an outstanding fielder and could allow the Dodgers to send Chin Lung Hu back to the minors where he could play every day. ...Yhency Brazoban struck out two in a scoreless inning for Jacksonville last night. Brazoban, who is in the minors to build arm strength, hasn't given up a run in 8.2 innings this season and has 11 strikeouts. Torre said Brazoban has lost anywhere from seven to 10 pounds and would be the first reliever called up when the Dodgers resume carrying 12 pitchers. ...The Dodgers will hold a news conference Thursday to announce the next round of renovations at Dodger Stadium. ...Diamond Leung of the Riverside Press-Telegram pointed out that the Dodgers hitting gnome was nowhere to be found in the dugout before the game. "Was it a coincidence the team lost 8-1?" he wondered.

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