The Reds (82-62) have now won four straight and six of their last seven on their current home stand that continues through Wednesday. It hasn't been against lowly opponents, but against two of the National League's best in the Cardinals (83-60) and the Dodgers (83-59). The victory also keeps the Reds 1.5 out of first behind St. Louis and are tied for second with the slumping Pirates (81-61) who have lost four straight.
Homer Bailey was outstanding once again to give the Reds starters a 2.91 ERA over 21.2 innings over the weekend. The Reds also managed to take the season series with L.A. after the Dodgers took three of four at home.
Jay Bruce got the scoring started as he homered off lefty Clayton Kershaw to make it a 1-0 game in the second inning. Hanley Ramirez tied it back up in the fourth when he doubled in Adrian Gonalez, but was thrown at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Bruce untied the game with another homer off Kershaw in the bottom of the fourth, but once again Ramirez responded with a run of his own, this time a homer off Bailey in the seventh.
Zach Duke and J.J. Hoover kept the Dodgers off the board in the eighth, but Chris Withrow was equally effective for the Dodgers retiring Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Bruce in order. Aroldis Chapman (4-5) had L.A. hitters off balance as he struck out two in the ninth.
Ronald Belisario (5-7) came on in the ninth and got Todd Frazier to pop out to second, but Zack Cozart singled to give the Reds a base runner. Dusty Baker opted to not put in Billy Hamilton as a pinch runner like he did in the tenth inning of Saturday's victory. Since being called up Hamilton has four steals and scored three runs despite not having an at bat. Baker's move would still pay off as Hanigan doubled in Cozart to seal the victory.
Cincinnati remains at home for three more games with the Cubs (60-82) who just clinched their fourth straight losing season on Sunday. Bronson Arroyo (13-11) will face former Red Travis Wood (8-11) in the series opener on Monday. St. Louis will host Milwaukee (62-80) while the Pirates head to Texas (81-61)