Clayton Kershaw regained form and held the Reds to one run over seven innings, notching 4 Ks along with 2 BBs. Unfortunately, opposing starter Johnny Cueto reciprocally held the Dodgers in check, ceding one run (unearned, thanks to a Brandon Phillips throwing error that allowed Dee Gordon to score) while fanning five and walking one. A pitchers' duel through seven had we.
But the eighth inning opened up the game to the Dodgers' pen, and when Scott Elbert inherited runners at the corners and one out, he used all of two pitches to give the Reds a 2-1 lead (off a Joey Votto single). Mike MacDougal allowed Drew Stubbs to add an RBI single in the ninth, punctuated by yet another wimpy-ass throw from Andre Ethier in right, and that was all she wrote.
The Reds didn't need to be worried, certainly not when they're seeing a Dodger lineup that housed 0-fer efforts from Jamey Carroll, Andre Ethier, Rod Barajas, and Tony Gwynn. If not for the speedy beanstalk, Dee Gordon, the Dodgers at bats really weren't worth watching at all.
Oh, except for that Matt Kemp guy, who drew a walk in the ninth, stole second despite Francisco Cordero's incessant (six!) pickoff attempts at first, and then scored when James Loney got an improbable RBI single. But Casey Blake came in and struck out on three pitches, and Rod Barajas, with the tying run on second, popped out to end the game. Toothpicks for everybody.