CINCINNATI — Derek Lowe earned his first road win since last August by pitching into the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their season-long domination of the Cincinnati Reds with a 6-1 victory on Wednesday night.
James Loney had a solo homer and a run-scoring double off Bronson Arroyo (4-6), sending the Dodgers to their sixth victory in seven games against the Reds this season. Juan Pierre broke the game open with a two-run triple in the seventh.
”I don't know what it is about the Dodgers,“ Reds Manager Dusty Baker said. ”They beat us pretty good.“
For Lowe (5-6), it was an elusive victory. The right-hander hasn't won on the road since Aug. 22 at Philadelphia, going 0-6 in his next 11 starts away from Dodger Stadium.
He finally broke through against Arroyo, one of his teammates on Boston's 2004 World Series championship team.
Lowe gave up three hits, including Edwin Encarnacion's solo homer. His six strikeouts matched his season high.
The Reds lost for the 11th time in 16 games, a slump set up by their all-or-nothing offense. Cincinnati is 2-6 on a homestand that ends Thursday, scoring a total of 17 runs.
”We've been a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team offensively,“ Baker said. ”We score a lot of runs, then we don't score any. We need Dr. Jekyll to show up.“
Arroyo is in his own slump. The right-hander hasn't won since May 26, going 0-2 in his last four starts with a 6.33 ERA. He gave up seven hits and six runs in 61⁄3 innings, and threw a wild pitch that let in a run.
Bailey sent down
Right-hander Homer Bailey was sent back to the minors Wednesday, the Reds' latest attempt to turn around their prized prospect.
The Reds also activated outfielder Norris Hopper from the disabled list.
The 22-year-old Bailey was likely to be optioned to Triple-A Louisville after he gave up five runs in only 21⁄3 innings of a 9-0 loss to Boston on Sunday. In three starts this season, Bailey went 0-3 with an 8.76 ERA.