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Walker Buehler blanks Reds with 6 dominant innings in Dodgers’ 4-0 win – NBC Los Angeles

Walker Buehler pitched six innings with seven strikeouts in his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

Freddie Freeman had two hits and drove in a run for the Dodgers, who won 18 of 24 games to move seven and a half games ahead of San Diego atop the NL West. Teoscar Hernández and Andy Pages also had scoring hits for Los Angeles.

Buehler (1-1) allowed three hits and no walks in a dominant performance to earn his first major league victory since May 24, 2022. After looking somewhat shaky and wild in his first two starts after his second Tommy John procedure, the two The All-Star controlled his breaking pitches against Cincinnati and rediscovered the form he has usually shown when healthy during his first six seasons with the Dodgers.

Buehler and his three relievers combined for three hits, and the bullpen pitched three perfect innings.

Graham Ashcraft (3-3) allowed three hits, three walks and three runs in five innings for the Reds, who have lost two in a row and 14 of 17. Cincinnati was shut out for the fourth time this season.

The Reds lost despite managing Shohei Ohtani, who went 0-for-4 for just the fifth time since joining the Dodgers. Mookie Betts also had his first day off of the season for the Dodgers, who moved Ohtani to the leadoff spot.

Ashcraft held the Dodgers hitless through the first three innings, but walked Freeman and Hernandez in the fourth before Pages delivered an RBI single. Hernandez then scored on Gavin Lux’s groundout.

Jake Fraley was hit with a triple with one out in the fifth when Dodgers left fielder Miguel Vargas inexplicably cut in front of Pages, causing both outfielders to miss a catchable ball, but Buehler calmly got two more outs.

Miguel Rojas doubled and scored on Freeman’s single in the fifth. Freeman then doubled and scored on Hernandez’s single in the eighth.

Reds outfielder Jacob Hurtubise got his first major league hit with a single in the third inning. The 26-year-old United States Military Academy graduate was called up Monday, becoming the first major league player to use a new waiver policy that allows West Point graduates to defer their military service while they practice. professional sports.

COACH ROOM

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw pitched from the mound before the game in his final step in his return from offseason shoulder surgery. He is not expected to begin his 17th season with Los Angeles until July or August. … RHP Bobby Miller (right shoulder) also threw a bullpen session. He hasn’t pitched in a game since April 13.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Los Angeles native Hunter Greene (2-2, 3.27 ERA) will make his second career start at Dodger Stadium for Cincinnati. The Dodgers have not announced their starter.