"I was just sitting around trying to stay loose, and I'm not 23
anymore," Beckett said. "I was ready for a 7:10 game. It's been
awhile since I've been through one of those."
Beckett recovered from the 2 hour, 5 minute delay and delivered what
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called his cleanest performance since
his May 25 no-hitter, throwing six shutout innings in a 6-1 win over
the Cincinnati Reds at soggy Great American Ball Park.
Beckett (4-3) allowed two hits while walking one and striking out
seven over 90 pitches.
"The ball came out better, he had a better changeup," Mattingly
said. "The long delay, he was pacing around for two hours. His last
two innings the ball started to get up and he wasn't as sharp. He
was out of gas there."
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles to
pace the Dodgers' 12-hit outburst. "His at-bats looked better," said
Mattingly. "Looked like he had some bat speed. Looked like the old
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a two-run single and right fielder
Yasiel Puig had two hits and reached base for the 40th straight game
for the Dodgers (35-31), who improved to 24-16 all-time at Great
American Ball Park.
"The pitching's been there for us the whole time", said center
fielder Andre Ethier, who went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.
"Josh's performance tonight is a perfect example of what they've
given us. It's nice to score some runs to make those efforts
Right-hander Mike Leake (3-6) allowed five earned runs and a
season-high nine hits, while walking one and striking out seven.
After pitching into the seventh inning in his first nine starts,
Leake failed to escape the fifth inning for the second straight
"It was a weird night," Leake said. "I missed some spots. I got some
ground balls but they found holes. I didn't do my job today. It's
getting to the point we have to do better than what we're doing. The
type of team we are is yet to be determined."
Shortstop Zack Cozart's RBI single in the seventh drove in the lone
run for Cincinnati (29-34), which has dropped four of five against
the Dodgers this season.
Leake, who allowed five earned runs in his last start and later
complained of neck stiffness, got hit hard again Tuesday.
Gonzalez returned to the Dodgers lineup after a day off and promptly
doubled and scored when Ethier, who was batting .417 against Leake,
doubled to make the score 1-0 in the second.
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Ramirez's two-run single highlighted a three-run fifth inning for
Los Angeles, making the score 4-0.
Beckett, making his first road start since throwing the no-hitter at
Philadelphia on May 25, retired the first eight batters he faced
Tuesday, three via strikeout.
"It's a game of frustration," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "We
know that. We're frustrated right now but there is no loss in belief
of what we have here or our roster. Just because we haven't done
what we're capable of doing."
NOTES: The rain delay was the 10th this season at Great American
Ball Park involving eight games. ... The Reds got a brief scare in
the fifth inning when SS Zack Cozart was struck in the helmet by an
84-mph pitch from RHP Josh Beckett. Cozart was tended to by the
training staff before trotting to first base. "You'd like to say it
doesn't bother you, but it does. That's a bad feeling," Beckett
said. "I was worried. I tried to give him a little extra time at
first base." ... Reds 1B Joey Votto, out since May 21 with a
strained quadriceps in his left knee, returned from a rehab
assignment and was activated from the disabled list. "I wouldn't
come back unless I felt like I could play to my high standard,"
Votto said. "I'm optimistic, hopeful that (the knee) will be
cooperative and I'll be able to play and make progress and continue
to make improvements during the season." ... To make room for Votto
on the roster, 1B Donald Lutz was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
... Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon returned to the starting lineup Tuesday
for the first time since leaving Saturday's game with a hip injury.
... Reds RHP Mat Latos, who has been on the DL since undergoing
offseason elbow and knee surgery, is expected to be reinstated
during the weekend series at Milwaukee. ... Reds C Devin Mesoraco
snapped an 0-for-19 skid with a single in the eighth inning.
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