LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig’s failure to run out a single in the sixth inning drew the ire of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and got him pulled from the game.
Puig was hitless in his first two at-bats before singling during the Dodgers’ two-run sixth on their way to an 8-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
“I thought it was a home run and I didn’t run out the ball,” Puig said through a translator. “It was a bad decision on my part. It was a good decision on my manager’s part. I should have run out the ball.”
Roberts was visibly upset in the dugout before replacing Puig with pinch-hitter Carl Crawford in the eighth.
“We talk about playing the game the right way. Mental mistakes you can live with, but he should have been on second base,” Roberts said. “I think Yasiel feels bad about it. It’s a continued learning process for everyone.”
Roberts insisted there was no carry over from Puig’s base-running gaffe in Sunday’s 17-inning win at San Diego. The Cuban hit a leadoff single in the ninth, took second on a wild pitch, but didn’t take third on A.J. Ellis’ bunt even though it was open. Puig said he didn’t run because he was confused.
“This was an isolated incident,” Roberts said of the outfielder’s latest mistake.
Joc Pederson doubled in the tying run and then scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the fourth for the Dodgers, who extended their winning streak over the Reds to eight games. The victory moved the Dodgers back above .500 and evened their home record at 12-12.
Mike Bolsinger (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings of a spot start, having been brought back from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday in place of injured Chin-hui Tsao, who went on the 15-day disabled list. Bolsinger struck out six and walked one.
“I feel like I got over the hump,” Bolsinger said. “Everything was working. Getting ahead of batters was priority number one.”
The Reds lost their season-high ninth in a row.
“At this point in time I am at a loss for words,” manager Bryan Price said. “Sloppy defensive game and we didn’t hit, that is a bad combination.”
Daniel Wright (0-1) made his major league debut, giving up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked one after coming up from Triple A-Louisville to start in place of Tim Adleman, who strained his left oblique against Cleveland last week. He gave up three straight singles to open the game.
“I was definitely a little bit anxious to get out there. First inning was a little bit fast for me but I was able to settle down,” he said. “I wish I could have gone a little bit longer but it is good to get my feet wet.”
The Reds have been outscored 69-25 during their losing streak. They have managed just five hits in the series’ first two games, having gotten two in a 1-0 loss on Monday. They committed three errors, giving them six so far in the series, including three by catcher Austin Barnhart.
“The last thing I am worried about in my game is throwing,” Barnhart said. “I have never had that be an issue. It’s just trying to hunt down opportunities to lessen the damage of an inning.”
Joey Votto went 1 for 4 with a strikeout for the Reds.
“Everybody wants to get out of the rut as quickly as we can and sometimes it just takes a little longer than we would like,” Barnhart said.
Trayce Thompson singled leading off the fourth and scored on Pederson’s double to tie the game 2-all. Pederson stole third base and scored on Barnhart’s throwing error after the ball sailed into left field.
“I think everyone is pressing more than is necessary,” Price said.
The Dodgers added two runs in the sixth, the first coming on Puig’s RBI single off the wall in right field against Dayan Diaz. Pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick was safe at first base on an error by Votto and Puig came sliding home on his belly, getting his left hand around the bat that was blocking the plate and barely touching safe ahead of Barnhart’s tag.
Adam Duvall’s two-run homer with two outs in the fourth barely cleared Pederson’s outstretched glove at the wall in center field, giving the Reds a 2-1 lead.
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will throw four innings or 60-65 pitches in his second rehab start Wednesday, this time for Triple-A Oklahoma City in Fresno. … LF Scott Van Slyke (low back irritation) was set to play nine innings at first base Tuesday in another rehab start for Oklahoma City.
Four Dodgers relievers tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings, having gotten some much-needed rest a night earlier when Clayton Kershaw tossed a complete game. The bullpen has allowed just two runs in its last 20 innings (0.90 ERA) over three games.
SHUTTING ‘EM OUT
With Kershaw’s major league-leading third shutout on Monday, he became the first major leaguer to toss three shutouts in his first 10 games since David Cone had three in his first nine starts for Kansas City in 1994. The last Dodgers pitcher to accomplish the feat was Pedro Astasio, who recorded four shutouts in his first 10 major league starts from July-September 1992. The Dodgers’ six shutouts this season are second in the majors behind Philadelphia’s seven.
Reds: RHP Dan Straily (2-1, 2.85 ERA) makes his eighth start of the season and the first of his career against the Dodgers.
Dodgers: LHP Scott Kazmir (3-3, 5.23) gave up a career-high seven walks to San Diego in his previous start. His only other start against the Reds came in 2013 as a member of the Indians.