Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, August 10
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 11
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Game 3: Thursday, August 12
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Dodgers 5

(67-46, 31-25 away)

Reds 6

(55-59, 30-25 home)

    12:35 PM ET, August 12, 2004

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: G. White (1-2)

    L: D. Dreifort (1-3)

    S: D. Graves (36)

    Jimenez's clutch single caps Reds' rally

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- D'Angelo Jimenez knew what was coming -- nothing but heat.

    He singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off hard-throwing Yhency Brazoban, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

    Brazoban, a former All-Star outfielder in the minors, was converted to a full-time pitcher last year and made his major league debut only last week.

    He throws in the high-90 mph range, but relies almost entirely on his fastball and slider, according to Jimenez.

    "With people like that who throw so hard, you just have to get the bat on the ball," Jimenez said.

    The Reds scored three runs in the eighth, all charged to Darren Dreifort (1-3), including a two-run homer by Wily Mo Pena, his 19th.

    Adam Dunn led off with a walk, and Pena homered to tie it. Barry Larkin singled one out later and, after Darren Bragg walked, pinch-runner Ryan Freel scored on Jimenez's single.

    Dreifort, the Dodgers' setup man, has made a team-high 58 appearances this season.

    "I just didn't make good pitches, and that's what happens," he said.

    Dreifort inherited the setup role when the Dodgers traded Guillermo Mota to Florida on July 30.

    "I'm not learning on the job. This is not a new role," Dreifort said. "I've done this before.

    "It's not Pitching 101. It's going out and doing the job, and I didn't get the job done."

    Gabe White (1-1) got two outs for the win. Danny Graves pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save in 44 chances.

    The Reds used five pitchers, 18 players overall.

    "This was really a team effort," manager Dave Miley said. "We used just about everybody."

    Jason Grabowski and Adrian Beltre homered to put Los Angeles ahead 3-0 in the third.

    Grabowski's homer, his seventh, was a two-run shot. Beltre's solo drive was his 32nd, tying the record for a Dodgers third baseman. Pedro Guerrero hit 32 in 1983.

    Beltre also singled in a run in the fifth, and Shawn Green's RBI groundout made it 5-2. Both runs were unearned, following a throwing error by Reds starter Josh Hancock.

    Hancock allowed five hits and five runs in four innings. He struck out four and walked two.

    Dodgers starter Wilson Alvarez pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed six hits and three runs. He struck out four and walked none.

    Alvarez allowed just two baserunners on two hits through three innings, but faced a two-on, none-out jam in the fourth.

    Sean Casey's leadoff single took a bad hop and bounced off the chest of first baseman Hee Seop Choi. Dunn followed with a double down the right-field line.

    Casey scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason LaRue, and Dunn scored when Juan Castro's soft liner dropped into shallow right field for a single.

    Pinch-hitter Jacob Cruz singled in a run in the sixth to make it 5-3.

    Jimenez made a stellar play in the second with a headlong dive on the right-field grass to grab a grounder by Brent Mayne and throw him out.

    Game notes

    The Reds put OF Ken Griffey Jr. on the 60-day disabled list and called up Bragg from Triple-A Louisville. This is Bragg's ninth team since being called up by Seattle in 1994. He also has been with Boston, St. Louis, Colorado, Atlanta, San Diego and both New York teams. ... Steve Finley is 11-for-22 since being acquired by the Dodgers from Arizona on July 31. ... Hancock singled up the middle in the third, his first career hit in three major league at-bats. ... The Dodgers have homered in 30 of their past 34 games for a season total of 140 -- 16 more than in 2003. ... Dodgers OF Milton Bradley had a tight right hamstring but was available to pinch-hit. "If you push it, it becomes more of an issue than just a tight hamstring," manager Jim Tracy said. ... Los Angeles C David Ross was scheduled to start but his right elbow was swollen from being hit by a pitch Wednesday night.

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