Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer for the second straight game and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Tuesday night for their third win in a row.
Pederson’s eighth homer of the season just made it over the wall in right field with two outs in the second inning, similar to the location of his first career walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth that rallied the Dodgers to a 4-3 win Monday.
The Dodgers lead the National League with 37 homers, tying the 1956 Cincinnati Reds for fourth-most through 19 games. Los Angeles has gone deep in 17 of 19 games.
The team has homered at Dodger Stadium in 31 consecutive games, one shy of tying the record streak for home games set by the 1999 Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers rapped out 13 hits. They got to Tyler Mahle (0-1) early, with four runs and eight hits over the first two innings. The right-hander gave up 11 hits in six innings, struck out three and walked none. He was charged with a balk in the second.
Kenta Maeda (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three. The right-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Mahle to end the fourth.
Enriqué Hernández stroked an opposite-field RBI single in the second that extended the lead to 4-0.
Alex Verdugo added a two-run double in the seventh. He reached on an infield single that scored Corey Seager in the first.
Reds star Joey Votto got his 900th career RBI in the third and struck out twice in four at-bats hitting leadoff for the second time in his career.
Votto’s double down the right field line scored Mahle from second and left the Reds trailing 4-1.
Former Dodgers Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp were a combined 1 for 8 with one strikeout.
Dodgers: OF-1B Cody Bellinger tested his sore right knee with some pregame running in the outfield. He wasn’t in the lineup after being hit by a 95 mph fastball a night earlier but is expected to return Wednesday. His absence ended the club’s longest streak of consecutive regular-season games played at 113. … 3B Justin Turner was given the night off. He fouled a ball off his ankle while working in the batting cage and it caused his left hamstring to tighten up. He should return Wednesday. … LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left groin strain) won’t need a rehab start before returning to the rotation sometime in the next week.
With Ryu’s impending return, LHP Julio Urías (0-1, 5.27 ERA) will go to the bullpen after making his start at Milwaukee on Thursday. When LHP Rich Hill (left knee strain) comes back to complete the rotation, RHP Ross Stripling will join the bullpen.
Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (0-2, 2.03 ERA) makes his 150th career start in the series finale Wednesday. In his three starts this season, the Reds have hit .189 and twice been shut out. They’ve scored one run when Gray has been in the game.
Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (1-0, 8.25) makes his fourth start of the season. He has a 1.50 WHIP.