The Dodgers raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Reds rookie Asher Wojciechowski, on an RBI single from Seager, a sacrifice fly from Adrian Gonzalez and Cody Bellinger‘s 13th home run of the season.
Reinstated from the disabled list, Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood made his first start in two weeks and saw his league-leading scoreless-innings streak snapped at 28 after Jose Peraza smacked an RBI single with two outs in the third. Wood worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with seven strikeouts.
Wood finished the game after 87 pitches, which was manager Dave Roberts’ target for the southpaw.
“What he did coming off the disabled list, he pitched the heck of a ballgame,” Roberts said. “He was great, dominating.”
While the Reds were disappointed in the final result, manager Bryan Price credited his players for rebounding from an early deficit.
“They scored one off the bullpen there in the ninth to beat us, but we didn’t beat ourselves in that ballgame,” Price said. “I thought we played a pretty good ballgame.”
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Coming back strong: Trailing, 4-1, the Reds had two runners on with two outs in the sixth inning against Wood, prompting Roberts to call on Josh Fields for a righty-righty matchup with Devin Mesoraco. The Reds catcher won the battle, launching a three-run homer to tie the game.
“This is a very good bullpen, they have good numbers, and I was looking for a fastball in the middle part of the plate and put on a good swing,” Mesoraco said.
Catch at the track: After the Reds tied the ballgame, Scooter Gennett came to plate with nobody on in the sixth with two outs. Gennett hit a fly ball deep to center field that would have been a double, but Chris Taylor robbed Gennett with a great leaping catch at the track.
“Gennett hits one to the wall in right-center and [Taylor] makes another nice play,” Price said. “Things that could have happened, but didn’t. We took some good at-bats.”
“That’s the first one? I’m betting that won’t be his last. Corey’s been swinging the bat better than the numbers have indicated. He’s barreling baseballs, taking good swings.” — Roberts, on Seager’s walk-off
“Good things happen when you put it in play sometimes. It is what it is. I would throw the same pitch again, probably get an out.” — Reds reliever Tony Cingrani, on his pitch to Seager
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Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has reached base safely in 32 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the Majors and four games shy of Dave Concepcion’s club record for a shortstop.
Reds: Tim Adleman (4-2, 4.42 ERA) gets the ball in Sunday’s series finale seeking a fourth consecutive quality start. In his last three outings, the right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET.
Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-6, 4.08 ERA) makes his third start since a brief stint in the bullpen in Sunday’s series finale, with first pitch slated for 1:10 p.m. PT. The start comes on the heels of Ryu’s longest outing since 2014, seven innings and four runs allowed against the Nationals on Monday.
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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Dodgers on Saturday.
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Reds on Saturday.
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