Cincinnati Reds’ Tyler Mahle throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Cincinnati.
Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle looked right at home at Great American Ball Park Saturday afternoon.
Mahle pitched the Reds to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers before a crowd of 31,156 on a warm day at GABP. Mahle had his best outing the year. He went six shutout innings. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out five. He threw 98 pitches, 61 of which were strikes.
The victory gives the Reds a shot at a 4-2 homestead with a victory Sunday. They evened the series against the Dodgers after taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs. LA and Chicago currently have the two best records National League.
It was Mahle’s first start at home since April 10 and only his second start at home overall.
The Reds had lost Mahle’s last six starts. He was outstanding in his last outing until giving up a two-run home run to the last hitter he faced, Brandon Belt in the seventh. The home run was the key blow in Reds’ 6-5 loss to the Giants in San Francisco.
Cincinnati Reds’ Jesse Winker, right, high-fives Yasiel Puig, left, to celebrate hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Cincinnati.
Jesse Winker gave the Reds the early lead Saturday by leading off the second with his 10th home run of the year. Winker hit a high 98-mph fastball out on a line to straightaway center.
The Reds took advantage of a Dodger mistake in the third to open it up a bit. Tucker Barnhart and Nick Senzel started the inning with back-to-back singles. Joey Votto followed with a ground ball to shortstop Corey Seager. Seager threw wildly to second. Barnhart scored, and Senzel and Votto ended up at second and third.
LA right-hander Walker Buehler got the next two hitters, but Yasiel Puig delivered a two-out, two-run single to make it 4-0.
Mahle avoided trouble for the most part. He escaped two-out jams in the second and third. The Dodgers did not advance a runner past first in Mahle’s last three innings of work