By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Joey Votto netted a brace, Jesse Winkler homed and led in two runs and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for the second night in a row to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 on Tuesday.
The defending World Series champions have lost six of eight, including three in a row for the first time since 2019.
Votto’s two-point brace over Scott Alexander’s (0-2) right field in the seventh broke a 0-in-15 slip and gave Cincinnati the lead. The Reds followed by two early in the set, but Tucker Barnhart started with a brace and scored when Kyle Farmer had a single down center left.
Winker had three hits – including a first home run – to extend his hitting streak to a career tied for 12 games.
The Dodgers have only managed four hits on six Reds pitchers, including Will Smith’s home run in the fourth. Los Angeles benefited from eight steps, but left eight on base.
Ryan Hendrix (1-0) took the win for the Reds, who have won two in a row after losing seven in a row.
Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler struck out 10 points but allowed five runs and seven hits. It was the ninth time the right-hander has hit double-digit strikeouts.
Winker, who pulled off the tiebreaker in the 10th inning of Monday’s 5-3 win at Dodger Stadium, wasted no time going further. He drove Buehler’s fastball over the wall to center right on the opening pitch of the game.