Adrian Gonzalez leaves Dodgers’ game with right knee contusion.

CINCINNATI — Adrian Gonzalez left the Dodgers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds with a right knee contusion. He was replaced in the bottom of the fifth inning by Scott Van Slyke and is day-to-day, according to the team.

Gonzalez appeared to foul a pitch off his knee in the third inning against Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.

Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 24 home runs and 74 RBIs this season. He was 0-for-2 in the game when he was removed and is batting .247 in the month of August.

Watch: Don Mattingly discusses Kiké Hernandez and the Dodgers’ newfound ‘urgency.’

CINCINNATI — Prior to today’s game against the Reds, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked about sitting Kiké Hernandez for the first time on the eight-game road trip, what it would mean to sweep the three-game series against the Reds:

He also discussed the “sense of urgency” message propagated by Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, which seems to have carried into Cincinnati:


Game 125: Dodgers turn back the clock and move forward in beating Reds.

A.J. Ellis

A.J. Ellis smiles as he jogs to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher David Holmberg in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 7-4 win Wednesday. (Associated Press photo)

CINCINNATI — When the Dodgers play the Cincinnati Reds they tend to play like they did early this season; beyond that, their bullpen seemed to be evolving in a 7-4 win Wednesday. The box score is here.

Prior to the game, Chase Utley took ground balls at third base.