Eugenio Suarez led off the bottom of the next inning with a solo homer, and a pair of doubles from Arismendy Alcantara and Billy Hamilton made it 8-7. That would be as close as the Reds would get to avoiding the sweep, however, as Enrique Hernandez made a leaping catch at the wall on a Joey Votto flyball to end the inning and thwart the comeback attempt.
Los Angeles jumped out to an early lead for the third day in a row, stringing together four two-out hits on Reds starter Bronson Arroyo in the second inning for three runs. In the next inning, Logan Forsythe drove in two more with a mammoth 442-foot home run — his longest since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015.
Forsythe, who came in hitting .127 against right-handed pitchers with more than three times as many strikeouts (33) as hits (10), was 2-for-5 against Reds righties on Sunday.
Arroyo’s day was done after the third inning, making it his shortest outing since 2010. He allowed seven hits and five runs, raising his MLB-worst ERA to 7.35.
Opposite Arroyo, Kenta Maeda was very effective in his first start since being demoted to the bullpen on June 10. The right-hander tossed five innings of one-run ball, giving up just three hits and striking out five. The only run the Reds managed on Maeda was on a one-out bases-loaded hit-by-pitch on Scott Schebler in the fourth.
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Reds squander opportunity: Trailing 5-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, the Reds managed to load the bases with one out against Maeda. They scratched across one run after Maeda hit Schebler with an inside fastball, but weren’t able to chip away any further. After Schebler’s at-bat, Suarez lifted a ball into shallow-right, but Yasiel Puig traveled 20 feet in 2.5 seconds to make a four-star catch and stop at least one run from scoring. Alcantara then grounded out to second to end the inning.
Hernandez’s game-saving catch Trailing 8-7 in the bottom of the eighth, the Reds looked poised to take the lead when Votto lifted a ball high and deep to left field with two runners on base. But Hernandez made sure they wouldn’t, leaping at the wall to corral the ball and end the inning. Afterward, Hernandez turned to the fans in the right-field seats and raised his glove to show that, yes, he really caught that.
Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati who covered the Reds on Sunday.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.
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