Congratulations to Jason Schmidt for his first win in over a year, which wasn't easy. After giving up three earned runs in a 36-pitch first inning, Jason battled back to allow only one more hit over the next four innings, gutting out a 91-pitch, five inning performance with not a lot of velocity (topping at around 85 mph), but keeping the Reds off-balance after that shaky first. Schmidt struck out two and walked three, and left to a round of applause. Well done, Jason, and welcome back!
The Dodgers also helped Schmidt out, opening up the bottom of the first with a four-run inning to quickly take the lead back. Martin ended up going 3-for-3 in the two-hole and is batting around 100 points better in that slot. If Martin hadn't gotten caught stealing twice, it would have been a pretty good night all over for him. Manny Ramirez, Andre Ethier, and Casey Blake all had two RBI each, with James Loney adding a seventh. And Ramirez hit his tenth HR of the season (moving him into 15th place all-time, ahead of Mickey Mantle), and Ethier with his team-leading 19th homer.
The Dodgers have now won 10 in a row against the Reds at Dodger Stadium, and move to 25 games over .500 for the first time this season. With the Giants' loss and the Rockies' win, the Dodgers stay eight games ahead of second-place Colorado, with SF a half-game behind them for third place.