<
>

Jimenez's clutch single caps Reds' rally

CINCINNATI (AP) -- D'Angelo Jimenez knew what was coming --
nothing but heat.

He singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off
hard-throwing Yhency Brazoban, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied past
the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Brazoban, a former All-Star outfielder in the minors, was
converted to a full-time pitcher last year and made his major
league debut only last week.

He throws in the high-90 mph range, but relies almost entirely
on his fastball and slider, according to Jimenez.

"With people like that who throw so hard, you just have to get
the bat on the ball," Jimenez said.

The Reds scored three runs in the eighth, all charged to Darren
Dreifort (1-3), including a two-run homer by Wily Mo Pena, his
19th.

Adam Dunn led off with a walk, and Pena homered to tie it. Barry
Larkin singled one out later and, after Darren Bragg walked,
pinch-runner Ryan Freel scored on Jimenez's single.

Dreifort, the Dodgers' setup man, has made a team-high 58
appearances this season.

"I just didn't make good pitches, and that's what happens," he
said.

Dreifort inherited the setup role when the Dodgers traded
Guillermo Mota to Florida on July 30.

"I'm not learning on the job. This is not a new role,"
Dreifort said. "I've done this before.

"It's not Pitching 101. It's going out and doing the job, and I
didn't get the job done."

Gabe White (1-1) got two outs for the win. Danny Graves pitched
a perfect ninth for his 36th save in 44 chances.

The Reds used five pitchers, 18 players overall.

"This was really a team effort," manager Dave Miley said. "We
used just about everybody."

Jason Grabowski and Adrian Beltre homered to put Los Angeles
ahead 3-0 in the third.

Grabowski's homer, his seventh, was a two-run shot. Beltre's
solo drive was his 32nd, tying the record for a Dodgers third
baseman. Pedro Guerrero hit 32 in 1983.

Beltre also singled in a run in the fifth, and Shawn Green's RBI
groundout made it 5-2. Both runs were unearned, following a
throwing error by Reds starter Josh Hancock.

Hancock allowed five hits and five runs in four innings. He
struck out four and walked two.

Dodgers starter Wilson Alvarez pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed
six hits and three runs. He struck out four and walked none.

Alvarez allowed just two baserunners on two hits through three
innings, but faced a two-on, none-out jam in the fourth.

Sean Casey's leadoff single took a bad hop and bounced off the
chest of first baseman Hee Seop Choi. Dunn followed with a double
down the right-field line.

Casey scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason LaRue, and Dunn scored
when Juan Castro's soft liner dropped into shallow right field for
a single.

Pinch-hitter Jacob Cruz singled in a run in the sixth to make it
5-3.

Jimenez made a stellar play in the second with a headlong dive
on the right-field grass to grab a grounder by Brent Mayne and
throw him out.

Game notes
The Reds put OF Ken Griffey Jr. on the 60-day disabled list
and called up Bragg from Triple-A Louisville. This is Bragg's ninth
team since being called up by Seattle in 1994. He also has been
with Boston, St. Louis, Colorado, Atlanta, San Diego and both New
York teams. ... Steve Finley is 11-for-22 since being acquired by
the Dodgers from Arizona on July 31. ... Hancock singled up the
middle in the third, his first career hit in three major league
at-bats. ... The Dodgers have homered in 30 of their past 34 games
for a season total of 140 -- 16 more than in 2003. ... Dodgers OF
Milton Bradley had a tight right hamstring but was available to
pinch-hit. "If you push it, it becomes more of an issue than just
a tight hamstring," manager Jim Tracy said. ... Los Angeles C
David Ross was scheduled to start but his right elbow was swollen
from being hit by a pitch Wednesday night.