The Dodgers defeated the Reds 12-3 tonight at Dodger Stadium. For a full recap and boxscore click here.
THE BARE ESSENTIALS:
Manny Ramirez exited the game in the top of the third inning after being hit on the side of his left hand by a Homer Bailey pitch. Ramirez was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for precautionary x-rays, which came back negative. He is listed as day-to-day.
Randy Wolf worked 7.1 innings, his longest outing since tossing a season-high 7.2 innings May 18 vs. New York Mets. Wolf gave up two runs on four hits.
Matt Kemp homered for the third time in his last eight games. He has 14 RBIs in his last 14 games.
Rafael Furcal established a season high with four RBI, two of which came on his fifth home run of the year.
The Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 60-34, 3.5 games better than the Yankees (56-37).
At 60-34, the Dodgers are off to their best 94-game start since 1974, when they were 62-32 after a 7-5 win vs. Montreal on July 18.
The Dodgers improved to a season-high 26 games above .500. Los Angeles is 26 games above the break-even point for the first time since October 1, 1991 at 92-66. the Dodgers were last 27 games above .500 when they finished the 1988 regular season with a 94-67 record.
The Dodgers extended their winning streak over the Reds to eight games…they also extended their winning streak over Cincinnati at Dodger Stadium to 11 games, a stretch that began August 28, 2006. Cincinnati hasn’t won here since July 28, 2005.
The Dodgers are 32-15 at Dodger Stadium for the best home record in the National League. Los Angeles trails only the Red Sox, who have a major league-best 31-14 mark at Fenway Park.
Wolf is unbeaten in his last six starts against Cincinnati, going 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA (10 ER/40.0 IP) beginning May 14, 2005…he is 9-2 with a 3.11 ERA (36 ER/104.1 IP) in 16 career starts against the Reds.
The Dodgers go for the sweep Wednesday, sending RHP Chad Billingsley (9-5, 3.76) against RHP Bronson Arroyo (10-8, 5.07).