The Dodgers were in this game until the seventh inning, and then *SNAP!* they were out of it. Joey Votto provided the dagger off of Matt Guerrier in the seventh, after Guerrier replaced Hiroki Kuroda with a man on first and a 3-2 deficit--which became a 6-2 Cincinnati lead after Votto's three-run homer.
That's a big enough lead that even Dusty Baker's bullpen mismanagement can't overcome, so even when the Dodgers got two back in the eighth off a Dee Gordon triple (scoring Tony Gwynn) and an Aaron Miles sacrifice fly (scoring Gordon), it seemed closer than it really was. Matt Kemp's leadoff walk in the ninth also raised false hope, which was quickly dashed when James Loney Kd on a weak-sauced, one-knee swing; Rod Barajas tried to PH but Kd, and Dioner Navarro was simply overmatched in his strikeout. Reds take the first game of the series.