Los Angeles pounces on poor defense by Reds

Published August 2, 2006


CINCINNATI - Cincinnati's shaky defense opened the door and Rafael Furcal broke through. Furcal drove in four runs and Wilson Betemit added a two-run homer as Los Angeles extended its winning streak to four. The Dodgers broke a tie at 4 with five unearned runs in the seventh.

"I like the way this team looks now," said manager Grady Little, who has had Betemit, ex-Devil Ray Julio Lugo and Greg Maddux join the team since Friday.

Rightfielder Ryan Freel dropped Betemit's fly ball with one out in the seventh to load the bases. Russell Martin drove in the tiebreaking run with a grounder that shortstop Royce Clayton fielded and stepped on second for one out before throwing high to first baseman Scott Hatteberg.

QUOTABLE: "Every time we give them an extra out, it seems to come back to bite us." - Reds manager Jerry Narron