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Harvey debuts as Reds defeat Dodgers, Maeda

The Associated Press

The Cincinnati Reds’ Scooter Gennett, left, watches his two-run homer off Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning Friday in Los Angeles.

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Harvey toed the rubber against Chase Utley and fell behind 3-0 facing his first batter in his Reds debut.

His next pitch was a 146-kph strike and then he got Utley to fly out to left for his first out in his first start since April 19.

From there, Harvey tossed four innings of one-hit ball and Cincinnati defeated the scuffling Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Friday night, extending their season-high winning streak to four games.

“Everybody was saying we haven’t lost since they traded for me,” Harvey said. “I had to go out there and keep that going for everybody.”

Harvey struck out two and walked none in a 55-pitch outing that was cut short because of his lack of recent game competition. The right-hander’s fastball topped out in the mid-150s.

“I hadn’t seen that in a while. It was good to know it’s still in there,” said Harvey, whose velocity had been questioned. “I let one go and I took a peek just to see where I was at. It was nice.”

Harvey is seeking to revive his career after going 9-19 over the last three seasons with the New York Mets.

The team cut him last weekend and the last-place Reds acquired him on Tuesday for catcher Devin Mesoraco and cash on Tuesday after Harvey declined a demotion to the minors. He was 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in eight games, including four starts, for the Mets this season.

“I was just really happy for him. I know he had to be very anxious about pitching,” interim Reds manager Jim Riggleman said.

Scooter Gennett was the Reds’ big bopper for the second straight night. He went 4 for 5, drove in three runs and scored twice. He hit a two-run homer into the lower right field seats in the fifth, extending the lead to 5-0.

The Dodgers fell to 8-11 at home and got no help from Kenta Maeda (2-3), who hasn’t won in nearly a month.

Maeda gave up season-highs in runs (five) and hits (nine) in 4⅔ innings, struck out five and walked two.

Maeda put the Dodgers in an early hole for the third time in as many starts. Joey Votto’s RBI single gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the first before Maeda escaped a bases-loaded jam on Barnhart’s lineout to end the inning.

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Ichiro to serve as coach

Ichiro Suzuki will get a new job, at least for a day.

The 10-time All-Star is expected to be Seattle’s bench coach for Saturday’s doubleheader at Detroit. The Mariners announced earlier this month that the 44-year-old Suzuki was stepping aside as a player this season and was shifting into a front office role.

With manager Scott Servais away to see his daughter receive a master’s degree at Mississippi, bench coach Manny Acta will be the skipper for the twinbill at Comerica Park, and Suzuki will work in the dugout. “I’m honored to have a guy like Ichiro to be my bench coach,” Acta said.Speech

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