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Newly acquired reliever Ryan Madson (1 inning, 4 hits, 3 runs) wasn’t much better.Surprisingly, Los Angeles has a losing record against two of the NL’s three last-place clubs, the Reds (0-5) and the Miami Marlins (2-4).“If they’re (the opponent) is a playoff team or not, it doesn’t matter too much to us,” Gennett said. “Hopefully [url=http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey]http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey[/url] , we can look (at the end of the season) and see we had a good last month.”The Dodgers need a much-better start Tuesday night from left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has pitched well with a 4-2 record and 2.16 ERA. The problem is that he has made only 11 starts because of an ongoing problem with a groin injury that sidelined him from May 2 until Aug. 15.Ryu will go against the unpredictable Luis Castillo (8-12), the Reds right-hander who is capable of delivering an excellent start or an ineffective one. He pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-0 win on Sept. 1, but between that start gave up 10 runs, seven earned, in 8 1-3 innings in losses to the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres.Ryu made one of his poorest starts his last time out, giving up five runs (only one earned) and an alarming 10 hits in six innings of a 7-3 Dodgers loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday. The rest of his line looked good — eight strikeouts, no walks — but it was a subpar outing for a pitcher the Dodgers very much need to produce in the final three weeks of the season.“I didn’t think we played good defense behind Hyun-Jin and I thought the way he threw the baseball was better than the linescore,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said afterward. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance. There were plays we usually make, you could just look around the diamond. Whether it’s added pitches or a run that scores that shouldn’t. For us, at this point in time, we’ve got to play better baseball.”They certainly didn’t Monday night. Wood fell behind 2-0 in a span of three batters in the first inning [url=http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-babe-ruth-jersey]Babe Ruth Jersey[/url] , walking Billy Hamilton and hitting Jose Peraza with a pitch ahead of Joey Votto’s two-run double on his 35th birthday. Gennett followed a batter later with an RBI single and scored on shortstop Manny Machado’s error on Brandon Dixon’s grounder.“They’ll continue to go at you offensively and you’ve got to score as much as you can,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said.They did, too, as the Reds made it 10-4 against Madson in the sixth on Gennett’s RBI single and Tucker Barnhart’s two-run single.The Dodgers scored twice in the seventh and had the bases loaded with one out, but reliever Jared Hughes got Yasiel Puig to line into a double play.“Any win right now is good for us,” Gennett said. “We’re trying to finish the season strong and get some confidence to carry into the offseason and into spring training.”The Dodgers got closer Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat) back Monday after he was advised to skip the Rockies series, and they recalled former top prospect Julio Urias, a left-hander who is recovering from shoulder surgery in 2017. He had a 5.40 ERA in 11 rehabilitation appearances in the minors. ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Flowers isn’t a fan of pinch-hitting. On his memorable day, even that went right.Pinch-runner Adam Duvall scored the tiebreaking run on a delayed dash from third base and Flowers hit a two-run homer in Atlanta’s four-run eighth inning as the Braves beat Tampa Bay 9-5 on Tuesday night to snap the Rays’ eight-game winning streak.Flowers’ homer came after he agreed to a contract extension that could keep him in Atlanta through the 2020 season.“It was a pretty good day,” Flowers said. “All in all, it wasn’t too bad.”The homer was Atlanta’s sixth by pinch-hitters this season, tied for the most in the majors. Asked if he had become more comfortable as a pinch-hitter [url=http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-dale-murphy-jersey]http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-dale-murphy-jersey[/url] , Flowers said, “Not a bit, no.”Chaz Roe (1-3) walked Kurt Suzuki to open the eighth. Suzuki advanced to third on Ozzie Albies’ third hit, a double to the right-field corner.Duvall, running for Suzuki, initially remained at third base on Dansby Swanson’s groundout to second. When first baseman Jake Bauers looked to possibly throw to second, where Albies was standing off the bag, Duvall took off in a desperate sprint for the plate.Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild called Duvall safe on his slide under the tag of catcher Michael Perez, beating Bauers’ throw. A video review lasting 1 minute, 45 seconds, confirmed the call.Bauers said he looked to second base because he thought Duvall was running on contact and already had scored. Then Bauers said he heard third baseman Matt Duffy yelling for him to throw to Perez.“I did my best to throw it home and get him,” Bauers said. “Obviously he snuck in.”Flowers’ homer landed in the Rays’ bullpen behind the left-field wall. Ender Inciarte [url=http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-freddie-freeman-jersey]Freddie Freeman Jersey[/url] , who drove in two runs on four hits, added another homer to center off Andrew Kittredge.The Rays suffered their first loss since Aug. 18 at Boston.“It just means we have to start again,” said Brandon Lowe, who hit his first homer, a two-run shot , in the sixth. “Losing stinks but now you can start another winning streak.”Brad Brach (2-3) recorded the final out in the eighth. The Rays loaded the bases off A.J. Minter with two outs in the ninth. Willy Adames’ groundout ended the game, and first-place Atlanta moved 4½ games ahead of Philadelphia in the NL East.Tampa Bay trailed 5-2 before Adames’ single off Jonny Venters in the eighth drove in Tommy Pham from second for a 5-5 tie. Nick Markakis doubled in two runs in Atlanta’s four-run fifth inning.Braves starter Julio Teheran gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: OF Mallex Smith (viral infection) worked out at Tropicana Field after being released from the hospital Sunday. There is no timetable for his return to the team.Braves: RHP Arodys Vizcaino, who has been out since July 14 while on the DL for the second time this season with right shoulder inflammation, threw in the bullpen. Manager Brian Snitker said Vizcaino is “feeling good now” but needs to appear in a minor league rehab game before more is known about his outlook for this season.THE OPENERRays opener Ryne Stanek pitched a scoreless first inning before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the second. Yonny Chirinos allowed five runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks in five innings.NEW DEALThe 32-year-old Flowers agreed to a $4 million contract for 2019 and a $6 million club option, with a $2 million buyout [url=http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-bobby-cox-jersey]http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-bobby-cox-jersey[/url] , for 2020.ERRORS HURTThe Rays led 2-1 before Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson opened the fifth with singles off the gloves of second baseman Joey Wendle and Duffy, respectively. Teheran’s bunt was mishandled by Bauers for an error and then picked up by Duffy, who threw low to first for another error, allowing Albies to score the tying run.UP NEXTRays: RHP Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.23 ERA) is expected to make only his third start when the two-game series concludes on Wednesday night. He has appeared in 30 games in relief.Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (11-6, 3.57) will make his second start of the season against the Rays. He threw six scoreless innings in a 1-0 win on May 8 at Tampa Bay.
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