Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/31)

Game 1: Tuesday, July 30
Los Angeles 4Final
Cincinnati 12
Game 2: Wednesday, July 31
Los Angeles 11Final
Cincinnati 5
Game 3: Thursday, August 1
Los Angeles 4Final
in 13
Cincinnati 6

Dodgers 11

(60-47, 31-23 away)

Reds 5

(55-51, 26-27 home)

    7:10 PM ET, July 31, 2002

    Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: H. Nomo (11-6)

    L: B. Moehler (2-2)

    Beltre homers twice to help Dodgers pull away

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Adrian Beltre led the Los Angeles Dodgers out of their homer slump.

    Shawn Green

    Adrian Beltre

    Beltre homered twice and Paul Lo Duca and Shawn Green hit solo shots Wednesday night as Dodgers pulled away to an 11-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

    The four-homer outburst was out of character for the Dodgers, who hadn't hit one since July 23. Their 97 homers are third-fewest in the NL.

    Lo Duca and Beltre each had three hits and drove in three runs in a 15-hit attack that hinted the Dodgers might be emerging from their three-week slump.

    "If we just put it all together and do the little things like we did today, we're going to be fine,'' Beltre said.

    Two big swings them going.

    Lo Duca and Green opened the fourth inning with consecutive homers off Brian Moehler (1-1), who was making his second start for Cincinnati. The homers touched off a four-run rally that put the Dodgers ahead to stay.

    "I'd like to have one pitch back -- the one to Green,'' said Moehler, who gave up seven hits and four runs in six innings. "I left a changeup over the plate. I faced him a lot of times in the American League. He's a good hitter and a better mistake hitter.''

    Beltre's solo homer off Scott Sullivan started a five-run eighth inning that made it 9-3, and he added a two-run shot in the ninth off Jose Rijo for the second multihomer game of his career.

    "He's got thunder in his bat,'' Green said. "When he's hot, he's a very tough out. What you're seeing now is, he's starting to get hot.'' Beltre is 11-for-22 with a double, two triples, two homers and nine RBI in the last five games, one of the few constants in the lineup.

    "My team needs me right now,'' Beltre said. "We need to have some offense.''

    Hideo Nomo (11-6) struggled at the outset, but got the win by lasting six innings on a 93-degree evening. The right-hander threw 30 pitches in the first inning alone as the Reds scored twice.

    Nomo hadn't beaten the Reds since May 5, 1997, losing his last four decisions against them. He got Ken Griffey Jr. to ground out with the bases loaded in the second, then shut down the Reds while the Dodgers pulled ahead.

    "We had Nomo on the ropes a couple of times and didn't knock him out,'' Reds manager Bob Boone said. "Then we got our little butts beat. There's no more to it than that.''

    The second-place Dodgers won for only the sixth time in 19 games since the All-Star break, when they led the NL West by 2½ games. A floundering offense has been the main problem -- two or fewer runs in 10 of those games.

    Lo Duca finally got it on track by leading off the fourth inning with his seventh homer. Three pitches later, Green hit his first homer since July 11 and his 28th overall.

    Moehler, acquired from Detroit last week, couldn't recover from the rapid-fire homers. Mark Grudzielanek hit a soft, opposite-field double that made it 3-2, and Cesar Izturis' sacrifice fly completed the rally.

    Moehler and Ryan Dempster -- the Reds' two starters acquired in July trades -- have gone 2-4 in six starts for Cincinnati with an 8.40 ERA.

    Nomo threw 56 pitches in the first two innings, then settled down. He gave up two runs on five hits and four walks in six innings.

    Adam Dunn hit a sacrifice fly in the Reds' first and Griffey had an RBI double. Griffey jogged to first on his hit to right field, then sprinted around the base as he realized he could stretch it.

    Griffey aggravated his right hamstring on the same type of play on June 23, sending him to the disabled list. In seven starts since his return, Griffey is 9-for-23 (.391) with a homer and six RBI.

    Griffey went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in the ninth. Paul Shuey, acquired by the Dodgers from Cleveland, struggled in his second straight appearance for the Dodgers. He gave up a run on three hits in the eighth, a day after he retired only two of the six batters he faced in the series opener.

    Game notes

    Nomo threw 96 pitches overall. He's 5-4 in 10 career starts against Cincinnati. ... Beltre also hit two homers at Colorado on Sept. 10, 2000. ... The Reds reached the 64 million mark for all-time attendance at Cinergy Field, which opened as Riverfront Stadium in 1970. The Reds picked a fan at random to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, and gave away 64 replicas of Cinergy. ... Griffey was the only player in the game wearing long sleeves on the hot evening. ... Austin Kearns and Brandon Larson extended their hitting streaks to eight games each.

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