- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - Bud Norris’ problems started even before his first pitch.

The Dodgers’ right-hander needed some mound repairs while warming up to face the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. The work didn’t help.

Joey Votto hit a three-run homer, relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen also hit a three-run shot, and Cincinnati beat Los Angeles 9-2 to snap a nine-game losing streak against the Dodgers.

“A big piece of clay came out,” Norris said about the mound issue. “They came out and fixed it. It was always there, but it’s not really an excuse. It didn’t go my way.”

Norris (6-10) gave up six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in his first start since July 31 due to a back strain. He struck out three and walked four while lasting fewer than five innings for the 10th time in 17 starts this season.

“He never got comfortable,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He was working behind hitters. He settled in OK (after the first), but the fourth inning got away from him. He was a little frustrated with the grip of the baseball - the humidity and moisture - and a little bit with the strike zone.”

Tim Adleman pitched into and out of trouble in his first start since May 19 and added his first career hit and runs batted in as the Reds matched their season high with a fourth consecutive win and first against the Dodgers since Aug 13, 2015.

Los Angeles hit four balls to the outfield wall, but three were caught for outs in Adleman’s five scoreless innings. Adleman (2-1), who was sidelined with a strained left oblique, allowed five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit Joc Pederson twice with pitches.

The Dodgers were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position against Adleman, leaving runners on third four times. They finished 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners on base.

The Reds wasted no time pouncing on Norris as the first five batters reached base, four with hits, including Votto’s blast over the center field wall for his 20th home run of the season.

The Reds sent nine batters to the plate while knocking Norris out in their three-run fourth. He walked Tucker Barnhart intentionally to get to Adleman with two outs and Eugenio Suarez on second. The pitcher crossed him up with a two-run double up the right-center field gap.

Lorenzen, activated from the bereavement list before the game after returning following the death of his father, hit his first career home run in the seventh.


LHP Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers in Sunday’s third game of the series. Urias is 3-2 with a 4.41 ERA in 12 overall appearances, including 10 starts, the last on Aug. 8 against Philadelphia in Los Angeles. Sunday’s starter previously had been listed as “to be announced.”


Votto’s homer gives him seven 20-homer seasons with the Reds, tying him with Adam Dunn and George Foster for fifth on the Reds’ list of players with seasons of 20 or more home runs. His four RBIs give him 700 in his career.


The fans in the left field corner gave LF Tony Renda a standing ovation after he slammed into the wall on consecutive fly balls in the second inning. The ball was knocked loose for a double the first time, but he hung on to the second drive, earning the applause.


Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill, on the disabled list since July 18 with a left middle finger blister, threw 75 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday at the Dodgers’ spring training facility. Roberts said Hill most likely will be activated next week.

Reds: OF Adam Duvall missed his fourth consecutive start on Friday after fouling a ball off of his left instep on Monday. He was available to pinch-hit.


Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (0-1) is scheduled to make his second start of the season after making his 2016 debut last Sunday after recovering from herniated disk surgery. He is 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA in two career starts against Cincinnati.

Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (7-9) lost a complete-game 1-0 decision to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on May 23 in Los Angeles.

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