Turner, Guti step up as LA handles Cincy

June 10th, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- slugged a two-run home run in his first at-bat off the disabled list Friday night and also had two RBIs in his first multihit game of the season as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 7-2, at Dodger Stadium, snapping Cincinnati's four-game winning streak.

Dodgers starter Rich Hill (3-2) overcame three walks in five innings to get the win, and followed with six strikeouts in four innings of relief, joining to give the Dodgers two four-inning saves in the same season for the first time since 2000.

Turner homers in first at-bat off disabled list

Hill endured a 35-pitch scoreless third inning, walking the pitcher leading off and having the Reds foul off pitches repeatedly. But he credited catcher with a dugout chat that changed his approach and allowed him to retire eight of the last nine batters he faced. He was removed with a pitch count of 98.

"We had a lull for me committing and having the aggressiveness," Hill said. "But in the fourth and fifth, [my pitches] were very good, you could see the contrast. I finished up strong, completely different. The aggression and conviction behind the pitches was there. You can see the difference, it was night and day."

For Maeda, demoted to the bullpen on Wednesday, it was his first relief appearance since 2008 in Japan. He allowed a solo homer to Joey Votto in a three-hit ninth after cruising through three hitless innings.

Maeda's relief debut is a 4-inning, 6-K save

Votto's home run was his 17th of the season, tying his teammate and former Dodger and the Nationals' for the most in the National League.

"I think the thing that's great is last year he kind of got off to a slower start," Reds manager Price said of Votto. "This year, we're just over two months into it and he's one of the premier offensive performers so far, as far overall run production."

Former Dodgers prospect cashed in a walk and a Hill throwing error with an RBI single in the second inning for the first Cincinnati run. He had three of the Reds' five hits.

Reds starter left the game after being struck on the pitching hand by Austin Barnes' line drive leading off the second inning. X-rays were negative and Garrett is considered day to day with a left hand contusion.

Garrett exits after getting hit in hand by liner

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Comebacker damage: Barnes' second-inning line drive (Statcast™ exit velocity 102.8 mph) that ended Garrett's night wasn't the catcher's only impactful infield hit. Barnes also had a third-inning two-out chopper that reliever threw away, allowing two runs to score.

Hill bailed out: Peraza's RBI single put runners at first and second with one out in the second inning, but grounded sharply to second baseman to start a 4-6-3 double play and short-circuit the threat. Earlier in the inning, Forsythe flagged down a 106.4-mph line drive (as captured by Statcast™) off the bat of former Dodger Scott Schebler.

QUOTABLE

"I used [Cody] Bellinger's bat. There are home runs in it." -- Turner, on homering four pitches into his return from the DL

"We weren't able to do anything until the ninth, when Joey hit the home run and we got the two other base hits." -- Price, on the Reds' lack of offensive production

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The last two Dodgers relievers with four-inning saves in the same season were Alan Mills and Matt Herges in 2000.

WHAT'S NEXT

Reds:Asher Wojciechowski makes his first career start against the Dodgers as the series continues Saturday at 10:10 p.m. ET. The rookie right-hander allowed eight hits over six innings against the Cardinals in his most recent start and is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA on the season.

Dodgers:Alex Wood returns from the DL to make this 7:10 p.m. PT start. Wood went on the shelf with inflammation near his sternum after earning National League Pitcher of the Month for May. The lefty brings with him a streak of 25 1/3 scoreless innings,and he's 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his career against Cincinnati.

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