The Los Angeles Dodgers hit five home runs en route to a 10-5 win that completed a season sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. It marked the Dodgers’ seventh overall series sweep this season and their first at Great American Ball Park since 2017.
The Dodgers also swept a seven-game season series against the Reds for the first time in franchise history. They accomplished the feat despite a sluggish start that saw them run into an out on the bases in each of the first three innings.
Nevertheless they jumped out to a 3-0 lead by that point behind Cody Bellinger’s sacrifice fly and Freddie Freeman’s two-run home run.
Bellinger then slugged a homer in the fourth inning, and Max Muncy connected for one of his own in the fifth. Trea Turner added an RBI double in the sixth inning and Will Smith joined the home run parade with a solo shot in the seventh.
Justin Turner, Trea Turner, Bellinger and Muncy tied for the team lead with three hits each. Freeman, Muncy, Smith, Bellinger, Justin Turner and Trea Turner combined to go 15-for-28 with three doubles, four home runs and nine RBI.
Freeman has hit a home run in three of the past four games as he’s continued to emerge from a slump, Muncy had his first three-hit game of the season, and he and Turner both had multiple hits in the same game for the first time this year.
Trayce Thompson capped off the Dodgers’ power display with a home run to the upper deck in the ninth inning.
Dodgers bullpen hangs on after Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw continued building up since returning from the 10-day injured list, throwing 80 pitches over six innings. He allowed seven hits but held the Reds to just one run thanks in large part to collecting seven strikeouts behind a steady dose of curveballs.
After combining for eight scoreless innings through the first two games, the Dodgers’ bullpen stumbled a bit in the finale. Specifically Phil Bickford, who allowed four runs and failed to make it through the seventh inning.
Yency Almonte got four outs and David Price finished the game with a scoreless ninth.
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