Wolf's standing ovation when he left the game
The Dodgers made short work of the Reds in this game, expending most of their energy and runs in the first inning, then riding the 9-1 lead to a 12-3 victory. Manny Ramirez tripled in two runs in the first, then was hit on the left had by a pitch, however there are no broken bones and he is day-to-day. Randy Wolf won his first game at home with a strong seven+ innings
Wolf (5-4) gave up a long home run to Johnny Gomes in the second inning, then held Cincinnati hitless until the eighth inning. By this time the Dodgers led by 11 runs and the hay was in the barn.
He surrendered another run in the eighth, then with one out turned the game over to Claudio Vargas, who allowed a home run in the ninth but closed out the win.
Wolf allowed four hits and a pair of runs while walking one and striking out four. He threw 115 pitches and lowered his ERA to 3.45. He added a single and an RBI double and received a standing ovation when he left the game in the eighth.
His 12-hit support included home runs by Matt Kemp and Rafael Furcal, both two-run shots as the Dodgers won their 60th game of the season a picked up a full game on both Colorado and San Francisco.
Ramirez tripled home two in the first but then, leading off the third, Homer Bailey, attempting to go inside on him, hit him on the left hand. He left the game immediately but x-rays were negative.
“I’m glad that it didn't break his hand or there would have been a lot of Los Angeles fans mad at me,” Bailey said after the game. “I was trying to get the pitch about stomach-high and in on him. You don’t want to miss over the plate because he’s liable to hit it 800 feet. The pitch just got away from me. I’ve never intentionally tried to hurt anybody, so I’m sure he understands.”
True to baseball tradition, Johnny Gomes, who incidentally homered off of Wolf to lead off the fourth, was nailed by Wolf. It isn't exactly the two-for-one HBP Don Drysdale advocated, and Bailey probably didn't mean to hit Ramirez, but it seemed to be a purpose pitch nonetheless.
Wolf earned a decision in his third consecutive start after getting just three in his previous 10. Seven of his no-decisions have been at home, along with two of his losses.
“It’s been a weird year, either feast or famine,” he said. “Anytime you get kind of a no-brainer win it feels good.”
Ramirez got the offense going with his triple in the first, made a nice running catch to end the second and then was hit leading off the third.
The Dodgers moved into a 4-1 lead in the second on Kemp’s two-run homer and then broke the game open with five in the third.
James Loney, who went 3-for-4, added a two-run single in the inning and Furcal’s two-run single with two outs made it 9-1. Wolf’s RBI double and Furcal’s fifth homer, a two-run shot, gave him a season-high four runs batted in.
The Dodgers are 26 games above .500 for the first time since 1991, have their best record at this point since 1974 and a four-game winning streak, have increased their National League West lead to nine games for the first time since June 18 and have won 19 of their past 22, including 11 straight at Dodger Stadium.
Manager Joe Torre was pleased the laugher allowed his bullpen a full day off after having used Jonathan Broxton and Ramon Troncoso three days in a row.
Wolf said he change his delivery a bit while warming up, hesitating when he lifted his left leg to keep his weight back.
"I went 1-2-3 in the first inning, so it must have helped," said the left-hander. "I sometimes rush early in the game and that makes me spin away and the ball cut."
With a chance for a sweep, the Dodgers will start RHP Chad Billingsley (9-5, 3.76 ERA), yet again in search of his 10th win. He was thumped by the Astros in his first start after the All-Star game and left in the third inning. Billingsley is 2-1 with a 0.92 ERA in his career against the Reds.
Cincinnati counters with RHP Bronson Arroyo (10-8, 5.07 ERA) who stopped the Brewers 4-0 for his second consecutive win. 4-0 win over the Brewers. He hasn't allowed a run in 16 consecutive innings and is 1-3 with a 4.46 ERA in eight career starts against the Dodgers.
SCore by innings
Cincinnati 010 000 011- 3
Los Angeles 225 030 00x-12
Los Angeles ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss 5 2 3 4 .255
Hudson 2b 4 1 1 0 .292
Castro 2b 1 0 0 0 .325
Ramirez lf 1 0 1 2 .343
Pierre lf 3 1 0 0 .315
Ethier rf 4 1 1 0 .257
Blake 3b 3 1 0 0 .279
DeWitt 3b 1 0 0 0 .138
Martin c 4 0 0 0 .261
Loney 1b 4 3 3 2 .282
Kemp cf 2 2 1 2 .323
Wolf p 3 1 2 1 .125
Vargas p 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 35 12 12 11
Cincinnati 31 3 5 3
Two base hits- Ethier (19). 3B- Ramirez (1).
HR- Kemp (13), Furcal (5). RBI- Ramirez 2 (33),
Kemp 2 (55), Lone 2 (57), Furcal 4 (26), Wolf
(6). S- Wolf. LOB- Los Angeles 4, Cincinnati 3.
DP- Furcal, Hudson and Loney.
Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era
Wolf (5-4) 7.1 4 2-2 1 4 3.45
Vargas 1.2 1 1-1 0 1 1.59
HBP- Ramirez; by Wolf. TD- 3:01. Att- 49,027.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Reds haven’t won at Dodger Stadium since July 28, 2005 and have won eight in a row over Cincinnati. ...Los Angeles improved to 48-0 this season when leading after eight innings. ...The clubs' four-game winning streak is the longest since it won four in a row May 25-28. ...Matt Kemp homered for the third time in his past eight games. He also has 14 RBIs in his past 14 games.