Bruce, Paul homer to back Latos, Reds top Dodgers

By Joe Resnick

Associated Press

Published: Friday, July 26 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Cincinnati Reds' Choo Shin-Soo, center, of South Korea, walks away from second as Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell, left, and shortstop Hanley Ramirez celebrate after Choo was tagged out after being tricked into believing that a fly ball hit by Chris Heisey was caught instead of dropping for a single during the eighth inning of their baseball game, Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Los Angeles.

Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Mat Latos threw 7 2-3 innings and the Cincinnati Reds got home runs from Jay Bruce and Xavier Paul to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Thursday night, ending the NL West leaders' six-game winning streak.

Latos (10-3) allowed two runs — one earned — and eight hits with four strikeouts en route to his first victory at Dodger Stadium after going 0-5 with a 3.95 ERA in his five previous starts at Chavez Ravine.

Latos is 24-7 in 54 starts since Cincinnati acquired him from San Diego in December 2011. The last time he faced the Dodgers back on Sept. 22 at Cincinnati, he pitched eight innings in a 6-0 victory that clinched the Reds' second NL Central title in a three-year span.

Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 24th save in 27 chances.

Zack Greinke (8-3) gave up four runs and six hits over seven innings in his second attempt at his 100th major league victory. The loss was the right-hander's first in his last six decisions overall, and first in seven career starts against the Reds (4-1).

Coming off a 6-0 trip that extended their road winning streak to 10 games — the longest by the franchise since 1955 — the Dodgers lost for only the sixth time in their last 29 games overall. Their division lead over Arizona shrunk to a half-game as a result of the Diamondbacks' 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

A couple of former Dodgers drove in Cincinnati's first two runs. Paul, the second batter Greinke faced, drove a 2-0 pitch into the right-field pavilion in his 700th career plate appearance and Cesar Izturis added an RBI single in the second inning.

Bruce was 2 for 21 lifetime against Greinke before driving a 2-2 pitch to left-center for his 21st homer. It came after Greinke turned Joey Votto's comebacker into a 1-6-3 double play and then hit Brandon Phillips on the leg with an 0-2 delivery.

Yasiel Puig, who has been playing like anything but a rookie since the Dodgers promoted him from Triple-A on June 3, single-handedly manufactured their unearned run in the fourth after leading off with a single and making his customary exaggerated turn at first.

Center fielder Shin-Soo Choo tried to get cute and made an ill-advised throw past first baseman Votto — hoping to surprise Puig — and the ball hopped into the stands. Puig was awarded two bases and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's groundout. The error was Choo's third of the season.

Choo made another egregious mistake on the base paths during the Reds' eighth. Votto lined a hit-and-run single to center field, but Choo got fooled on a perfect decoy by shortstop Hanley Ramirez at second base — so good that Choo started back to first and was tagged out on the relay from Andre Ethier to Ramirez.

Puig, who went 53 at-bats without an extra-base hit before his double and home run in the Dodgers' 8-3 win against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, had a pair of singles and raised his average to .378.

Choo drove in Cincinnati's final run with a ninth-inning single against Carlos Marmol in the right-hander's first home appearance with the Dodgers.