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Reds’ De La Cruz hits 1st homer, Dodgers skid at 4 with 8-6 loss

CINCINNATI (Associated Press) – Ellie Delacruz hit his first major league home run on a 458-foot drive Wednesday night, Will Benson hit the game-ending homer in the ninth, and the Cincinnati Reds went 8-6 to Los Angeles. won and extended the extension. The Dodgers’ losing streak was a season-high four.

Delacruz hit a 0-1 fastball off Noah Syndergaard in the first inning, then hit a 114.8 mph fastball off the bat that landed in the back row of the right field stands at Great American Ball Park. He tied the score at 2-2 with a two-run homer.

A day after his major league debut, the 21-year-old switch hitter scored the second-best home run by a player under the age of 21 since Statcast began keeping records in 2015, hitting 115.9 mph over Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero.・Achieved record second only to junior. August 21, 2020.

Playing as shortstop the day after the triple, Delacruz tripled a curveball at third base as part of a 2-for-4 at bat, hitting the right-center wall four hops. He reached third in 10.83 seconds, according to Statcast, the fastest time in the major leagues this season. That was the second-fastest since the start of the 2020 season, behind Arizona’s Corbyn Carroll’s 10.75 on October 3.

Jonathan India’s sacrifice fly, Spencer Stair’s RBI single, and Tyler Stevenson’s 2-run homer gave Cincinnati 4 points and 3 runs, overcoming the 6-2 deficit.

In the 9th inning, TJ Hopkins hit an infield hit, and Benson hit a home run off of Evan Phillips (1-2), giving Cincinnati a walk-off win for the second consecutive year and a third straight victory. Benson became the third Cincinnati player to walk away with a first home run after Jay Bruce on May 31, 2008 and Drew Stubbs on August 20, 2009.

Alexis Diaz (2-1) had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning. Cincinnati contributed by himself with four stolen bases.

Mookie Betts hit his 42nd home run, his sixth of the season, and Muncey added a two-run RBI lead against Brandon Williamson. Betts has 16 home runs this season.

In the second inning, a homer by Miguel Vargas gave the Dodgers a 3–2 lead, and Will Smith added a two-run homer in the third, including an RBI double by Vargas.

Syndergaard allowed seven hits and six runs in three innings, raising his ERA to 7.16. He allowed five or more goals in three consecutive starts.

Williamson, who started for the fifth time in the major leagues, gave up six runs and eight hits, the worst of his career, in five 2/3 innings.


Johnny DeLuca, the Dodgers’ 25th-round pick in the 2019 Amateur Draft, went 0-for-2, including one walk, in center field in his debut. … RHP Nick Robertson of the Dodgers made his debut with two perfect innings. He threw three strikes for the cold past Dela Cruz, the first batter, out of the fifth inning.

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Dodgers: RHP Daniel Hudson (left knee surgery) posted a perfect inning as he began minor league rehabilitation duties Tuesday against the Arizona Complex League Dodgers. According to Dave Roberts, he will be out for a few weeks. … OF’s Trace Thompson will miss “within 30 days” with a grade 2 or grade 3 oblique contusion. He is in rehab in Arizona. …INF Miguel Rojas left the match with a strained neck.

Reds: OF Jake Fraley is in danger of starting with a swollen right forearm. He was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning on Tuesday. OF’s TJ Friedl (hamstring) has batting practice and could be active Saturday.


Reds RHP Graham Ashcraft (3-4, 6.64) will face LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.25) on Thursday.


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