LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Harvey tossed four innings of one-hit ball in his Reds debut, Scooter Gennett homered and drove in three runs, and Cincinnati defeated the scuffling Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Friday night, extending their season-high winning streak to four games.
Harvey struck out two and walked none in a 55-pitch outing that was cut short because of his lack of recent game competition. The right-hander’s fastball topped out in the mid-90s.
The lone hit Harvey gave up was a fluke. Right fielder Scott Schebler lost a high popup by Cody Bellinger in the lights against a sky dark with clouds, allowing Bellinger to slide into third for a triple in the second.
Harvey is seeking to revive his career after going 9-19 over the last three seasons with the New York Mets.
The team cut him last weekend and the last-place Reds acquired him on Tuesday for catcher Devin Mesoraco and cash on Tuesday after Harvey declined a demotion to the minors. He was 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in eight games, including four starts, for the Mets this season.
Harvey returned from Tommy John surgery in 2015 and helped the Mets reach their first World Series in 15 years. But he was 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA last season and was sidelined from mid-June to September because of a right shoulder injury. The 29-year-old has yet to regain the All-Star form he had in 2013, and his off-field exploits made him a tabloid regular in New York.
Gennett was the Reds’ big bopper for the second straight night. He went 4 for 5 and also scored twice. He hit a two-run homer into the lower right field seats in the fifth, extending the lead to 5-0.
In the third, Gennett and Tucker Barnhart had RBI singles that made it 3-0.
Gennett went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs in a 4-1 win in the series opener on Thursday.
Austin Brice (1-2) got the win in relief. Raisel Iglesias pitched two-thirds of an inning for his sixth save.
The Dodgers fell to 8-11 at home and got no help from Kenta Maeda (2-3), who hasn’t won in nearly a month.
Maeda gave up five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked two.
Maeda put the Dodgers in an early hole for the third time in as many starts. Joey Votto’s RBI single gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the first before Maeda escaped a bases-loaded jam on Barnhart’s lineout to end the inning.
Matt Kemp was ejected by home plate umpire Alan Porter after a called third strike to end the sixth. Kemp broke his bat over his knee as he walked back to the dugout before returning to the field with manager Dave Roberts to argue in between innings.
Roberts successfully argued a double switch by the Reds in the seventh. Jesse Winker had moved from left to right field and Adam Duvall replaced him in left. After the umpires convened, Winker came out of the game and was replaced by Alex Blandino.
Max Muncy’s RBI double in the fifth and his solo homer in the seventh accounted for the Dodgers’ runs.
Reds: RHP Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder strain) and RHP Anthony DeSclafani (left oblique strain) are set to begin rehab assignments Monday for Class AA Pensacola. DeSclafani will start for the Blue Wahoos and throw up to 65 pitches, while Lorenzen will throw about 20 pitches.
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner will play two rehab games at Rancho Cucamonga this weekend before joining the team in Miami for its series that begins Tuesday. … 2B Logan Forsythe began his rehab stint at Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.
RHP Homer Bailey (0-5, 5.61 ERA) makes his team-high ninth start for the Reds. The right-hander is 4-4 with a 4.57 ERA in 10 career starts against the Dodgers. RHP Ross Stripling (0-1, 1.93) takes the mound for Los Angeles in just his second career start against Cincinnati.
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