LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jesse Winker’s two-run homer in the 10th inning sent the Cincinnati Reds past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Monday night to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Winker led off the 10th by taking Kenley Jansen’s slider over the wall in left field with Alex Blandino on second base after making the last out of the ninth. The Reds lead the majors with 34 home runs, including five by Winker, who tops the National League with a .382 batting average.
“I know he throws a lot of cutters. I had a plan and just kind of went for it,” Winker said. “That was a good game. I was happy I got up and got it out.”
Winker had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest active run in the majors and one game shy of his career high. He is 18 for 49 with four homers and 10 RBIs during the streak.
“He is not afraid of any situation. That goes a long way when you believe in yourself and you are coming up against the best,” Reds manager David Bell said.
It was the first home run Jansen (0-1) has allowed in nine appearances this season. He has given up 25 over the past four seasons, tied for eighth-most among relief pitchers.
Nick Castellanos had two hits and drove in a run for Cincinnati. Tejay Antone (1-0) got the win with three hitless innings, striking out three.
“To shut them out at the end of the game, the odds are against you when you face this team, but he came through for us in a big way,” Bell said.
Los Angeles, which lost in extra innings for the second straight night, has dropped five of its last seven after starting the season 13-3. The defending World Series champions are tied with San Francisco atop the NL West.
Despite the slump over the past week, manager Dave Roberts isn’t panicking.
“We got off…