Rolen gets Reds past DodgersJun 4, 2011 - 5:24 AM Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Scott Rolen's single in the fifth inning brought around two runs as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1, to start a three-game weekend series.
Rolen finished 2-for-4 while Drew Stubbs also had a pair of hits in the win, the Reds' third in four games.
Bronson Arroyo (4-5) was solid in six innings to get his first win in his last seven starts. He allowed just five hits and one run with two strikeouts.
James Loney drove in the lone run for the Dodgers, who have dropped two straight after reeling off consecutive three wins.
"We're going to have to consistently find ways to score," Dodgers manger Don Mattingly said. "We have to be able to put some runs to be able to compete."
Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) suffered the loss, his first career setback against the Reds. He gave up two runs on six hits and four walks over six innings.
Cincinnati took the 2-1 lead in the fifth on a bases loaded opportunity. Stubbs had a one-out single before Joey Votto and Jay Bruce drew two-out walks. Fresh off two days rest, Rolen came up and singled up the middle. Rolen was 1-for-17 leading up to the at-bat and sat out Wednesday's 4-3 win against Milwaukee.
"I needed these two," Rolen said of his RBI hit. "It's a big deal for me."
Arroyo went one more inning, while the Reds' bullpen finished off the game. Logan Ondrusek, Nick Masset and Francisco Cordero each threw a shutout inning the rest of the way. Cordero retired all three batters he saw in the ninth to get his 11th save of the season.
The Dodgers' run came from a squandered bases loaded situation in the fourth. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp started it off with singles then Jay Gibbons was hit by a pitch to fill the bags with no outs. Loney flied out to left field to score Either, while Kemp was caught between second and third for the double play. Dioner Navarro grounded into force out to end the threat.
Dodgers shortstop Rafeal Furcal strained his left side on a throw to third in the second inning and left the game. He is listed as day-to-day...Votto has reached base safely in 55 of 57 games he has played this season. Cordero now has 301 career saves, surpassing Bruce Sutter for 21st on the all-time list. list.
- LOS ANGELES: 1
Jun 3 10:10 PM
- Scott Rolen single to center scored Drew Stubbs and Joey Votto with two out. On the play, Jay Bruce advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Fred Lewis due up.
Dodgers 1, Reds 2 Bot 5, 2 OutsJun 3 9:05 PM
- James Loney sacrifice fly to left scored Andre Ethier with one out. On the play, Matt Kemp was tagged out between second and third. Runner on first with two outs and Dioner Navarro due up.
Dodgers 1, Reds 0 Top 4, 2 OutsJun 3 8:31 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 3 7:11 PM
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