Reds 3-5, Dodgers 5-2
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Buddy Bell’s two-run double and Nick Esasky’s two-run homer powered Cincinnati’s five-run third inning as the Reds gained a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a split of their doubleheader Friday night.
In the opener, Ken Landreaux hit a solo homer and Pedro Guerrero added a three-run shot to help Orel Hershiser earn his fourth straight victory with a 5-3 decision.
Guerrero also hit a solo homer in the nightcap, giving him 25 for the season. He has a 12-game hitting streak and 20 home runs in his last 45 games.
The five-run rally in the nightcap helped Jay Tibbs, 5-11, win his first start since being recalled from Class AAA ball. Tibbs scattered five hits, including Guerrero’s one-out homer in the fourth, and struck out five.
The Reds knocked out Dodger starter Rick Honeycutt, 6-10, with the third- inning rally. Dave Concepcion walked, Dave Parker singled and Buddy Bell drove then both home with his double.
Tony Perez singled Bell home, chasing Honeycutt, and Nick Esasky hit his 10th homer and second in as many nights for a 5-0 lead against reliever Bobby Castillo.
Both of the Dodgers’ runs in the nightcap came in the fourth inning. Guerrero homered, then Greg Brock doubled and scored on a throwing error by Tibbs on Steve Sax’s grounder.
In the opener, Hershiser, 12-3, struggled through seven innings, giving up eight hits while striking out one. Tom Niedenfuer pitched the final two innings for his ninth save.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second on Mike Scioscia’s RBI single and Landreaux led off the third with his eighth homer, off starter Ron Robinson, 5-3.
Tom Foley led off the bottom of the inning with a double and scored on Dann Bilardello’s single.
Guerrero’s homer made it 5-1 in the fifth and chased Robinson, who suffered his third consecutive loss.
The Reds scored a run in the fifth on Max Venable’s sacrifice fly and another in the seventh when Gary Redus singled, stole second, took third on a grounder and scored on Wayne Krenchicki’s grounder.