Los Angeles (AP) – Joey Votto doubled, Jesse Winkler homered and contributed two runs, and the Cincinnati Reds added a second run Tuesday to beat the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5.

Jesse Winker #33 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run with the first pitch of Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on the 27th. April 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Jane Kamin-Oncia/Getty Images)

The defending World Series champions have lost six of eight games, including three for the first time since 2019.

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Votto’s double to right field off Scott Alexander (0-2), who batted 0-for-15 in the seventh, gave Cincinnati the lead. The Reds entered the inning with two outs, but Tucker Barnhart led off with a double and scored when Kyle Farmer singled to left center.

Winker had three hits, including a leadoff home run, to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games.

The Dodgers banged out only four hits off six pitchers for the Reds, including a home run by Will Smith in the fourth inning. Los Angeles walked eight, but left eight on base.

Ryan Hendricks (1-0) picked up the win against the Reds, who have won two consecutive games and lost seven consecutive.

Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler struck out 10 batters, but allowed five runs and seven hits. It was the ninth time the right-hander reached double digits in strikeouts.

Winker, who is in his 10th season at Dodger Stadium, on Monday. In the 5-3 set, he wasted no time in going deep. On the first pitch, he hit the wall right-center on a fastball from Buehler.

For Winker, it was the sixth lead of his career and the second of the season. Half of his home runs came with the first pitch.

The Dodgers got just one hit from Cincinnati starter Jeff Hoffman, but it was a big one. Smith hit a three-run homer up the middle in the fourth inning to give Los Angeles a 3-1 lead after the right-hander walked the first two batters. Hoffman went four innings with three strikeouts and five walks.

The Reds answered with two hits in the fifth, cutting the lead to 3 on an RBI groundout by Tyler Stephenson and a single by Winker. Los Angeles regained the lead with a two-run single to right by Matt Beaty.

STARTING WITH THE EXPLOSION

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Winker leads the Reds to fourth place this season. Tyler Naquin has two more.

Cincinnati is the fifth team since 1974 to finish fourth in April, according to Sportradar. The others were the Houston Astros in 2017, the Seattle Mariners in 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays in 2000 and the Baltimore Orioles in 1996.

APARTMENT OF THE TRAINER

Reds: 3B Mike Moustakas (non-COVID-19 related illness) was placed on the injured list, and Mark Payton was moved to an alternate spot on the practice squad. …Striker Eugenio Suarez, who had failed to make his last 20 appearances on the field, left for the night.

Dodgers: 1B Cody Bellinger recently made his first return since tearing his left fibula. He will travel to Arizona later this week to continue rehab elsewhere. … Right fielder Joe Kelly (shoulder inflammation) will play another game Wednesday at Arizona. He could be with the team during the next 10-game trip. … A.J. Pollock was out for the second game in a row with food poisoning.

TENTATIVE WINNER

Trevor Bauer received the NL Cy Young Award from Reds coach Derek Johnson before the game. The right-hander was Cincinnati’s first Cy Young winner and said it was a special occasion to celebrate with his former teammates in the city.

We knew they were coming at the end of the month, and it made sense, Bauer said. For an organization that has been around longer than any other, I am happy to bring it.

Bauer signed with the Dodgers this season. He stayed in Cincinnati for a season and a half after being traded by Cleveland in 2019.

NEXT HOUR

The teams will conclude the three-game series with an afternoon game on Wednesday. Cincinnati right-hander Sonny Gray (0-1, 7.88 ERA) is trying to bounce back after allowing five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in Friday’s loss to St. Louis. Louis. Los Angeles left-hander Clayton Kershaw (3-2, 2.56) will face the Reds for the second time since 2016.

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