Holding the Reds, the NL's second most prolific offense, to a mere two runs, is quite an accomplishment. Hiroki Kuroda battled through six innings and gave up six hits and two ER, both of which derived from a fifth-inning Scott Rolen single with the bases loaded.
Kuroda ended up taking the loss, however, since all the Dodgers could muster from their wimpy offense was a meek James Loney "sacrifice double play" (bases loaded, none out--and Loney flies out to left and the relay cutoff picks off Matt Kemp trying to advance to third; credit Loney with an RBI). Dioner Navarro, who is not batting his weight, promptly makes the third out and THAT, my friends, is how the Dodgers extinguish a rally.
Oh sure, the Dodgers sent .216 batter Rod Barajas to PH in the eighth inning, with Andre Ethier at second and Matt Kemp IBBd to first. Barajas, a pinch hitter. That's a laugher, not a rally.
After three straight games of seven runs or more, the Dodgers now have two straight games with an aggregate of one run. From James Loney, no less. Bad start to a ten-game road trip. But at least they got this loss out of the way early enough for me to enjoy the rest of my Friday evening.