The Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda threw five strong innings and drove in two runs, Logan Forsythe and Justin Tuner homered, and Kike Hernandez made a spectacular game-saving catch as the Los Angeles Dodgers held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 in Major League Baseball on Sunday.
Cincinnati nearly rallied all the way back from an 8-1 deficit in the sixth inning. However, Hernandez went back to the left-field wall and made an awkward leaping grab of Joey Votto’s attempt at a go-ahead extra-base hit with runners on first and third in the eighth.
Maeda (5-3), in his first appearance since June 9 and first start since June 4, allowed just three hits and one run in five innings to help the Dodgers complete a three-game sweep.
“The team wanted me to be aggressive and pound the zone and that’s what happened,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “It took some time for me to start again, but I was able to get into a rhythm. I tried to stay aggressive and not change my plan with runners on base.”
The Dodgers scored all of their runs with two outs, including Forsythe’s two-run drive in the third inning and Turner’s three-run shot in the sixth. Both of those shots reached the upper deck in left field and gave the Dodgers seven homers in the series.
Veteran Cincinnati pitcher Bronson Arroyo had the shortest outing of his season. It also might have been the last of his career. The 40-year-old right-hander was roughed up for five runs and seven hits in just three innings.
Arroyo (3-6), attempting a comeback this season with his former team after missing 2½ seasons with arm and shoulder problems, revealed after the game that he’d been receiving cortisone shots in his shoulder since spring training.Speech