LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joey Votto hit a go-ahead double, Jesse Winker homered and drove in two runs and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for the second straight night to defeat the scuffling Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 on Tuesday.
The defending World Series champions have dropped six of eight, including three straight for the first time since 2019.
“Right now it has kind of been salvage a series mode,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “There are some guys we have to get on track.”
Votto’s two-run double to right field off Scott Alexander (0-2) in the seventh snapped an 0-for-15 skid and gave Cincinnati the lead. The Reds trailed by two going into the inning, but Tucker Barnhart led off with a double and scored when Kyle Farmer lined a single to left-center.
“I was in ‘I have to get a hit’ mode,” Votto said. “Sometimes we get so focused on technique and timing, but sometimes you just have to get the job done.”
Winker had three hits — including a leadoff home run — to extend his hitting streak to a career high-tying 12 games. He has homered in three straight games and leads the National League with a .397 batting average.
The Dodgers managed only four hits off six Reds pitchers, including Will Smith’s three-run homer in the fourth. Los Angeles benefited from eight walks, but left eight on base.
Ryan Hendrix (1-0) got his first major league win for the Reds, who have won two in a row after dropping seven straight. Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his first save with Cincinnati.
“So many guys came through and we continued to battle back. It’s nice when everyone contributes,” Reds manager David Bell said.
Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler struck out 10, but allowed five runs and seven hits. It was the ninth time the right-hander…