Leake settles in as Reds roll on with win over Dodgers

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Updated: September 6, 2013

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Joey Votto hit a go-ahead two-run homer in
the fifth inning and Mike Leake retired 13 of the final 14 Dodgers he faced to
lift the Cincinnati Reds over Los Angeles, 3-2, in a potential playoff
matchup.

Leake (12-6) shook off an early two-run homer from Hanley Ramirez and allowed
just five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings to keep the
Reds inching towards a postseason berth.

Cincinnati had just taken three of four from the St. Louis Cardinals to
maintain its stranglehold on the NL’s second wild card spot.

The NL West-leading Dodgers were forced into emptying their bullpen after
Chris Capuano exited in the second inning with a groin injury. Don Mattingly
used six relievers, and J.P. Howell (2-1) took the loss after serving up
Votto’s home run.

Four batters into the game, Ramirez annihilated a Leake offering four rows
into the second deck in left field. Yasiel Puig beat out an infield single
prior to Ramirez’s moonshot, which traveled an estimated 432 feet.

The Dodgers’ bats went quiet from there, however, and Votto led the Reds’
comeback.

The All-Star first baseman led off the fourth with a base hit, advanced to
third on Jay Bruce’s single and scored Cincinnati’s first run on Ryan
Ludwick’s double-play ground ball.

Then in the fifth, with a runner on second and two outs, Votto golfed a low
offering from Howell and sent it barely over the wall in left field for his
22nd home run of the year.

Leake was pulled after giving up a two-out single in the eighth, and Manny
Parra retired Carl Crawford with the only pitch he threw.

The Reds wasted a bases-loaded, no-out chance in the eighth, but Aroldis
Chapman, pitching for the fourth straight day, struck out the heart of the
Dodgers order — Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and Ramirez — in succession to post
his 35th save this season.

Game Notes

Capuano retired five of the six batters he faced. He was on the mound because
Hyun-Jin Ryu had his start pushed to next week due to a stiff back … Leake
had a 7.22 ERA over his previous six starts … Reds shortstop Zack Cozart
extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a single in the
fourth … Puig, back in Los Angeles’ lineup after suffering a mild right knee
strain on Monday, went 1-for-4.