Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Homer Bailey got the best of Clayton Kershaw, and Cincinnati edged Los Angeles by a 3-2 count in Wednesday's finale of a three-game series.
Bailey (5-3) allowed two runs on five hits, fanning six and walking one over seven effective innings. Three relievers finished off the victory, including Aroldis Chapman, who struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his fifth save.
Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer for the Reds, who avoided a sweep and put the brakes on a four-game losing skid.
Clayton Kershaw (3-2) was charged with seven hits and three runs despite striking out nine over seven full frames for the Dodgers, who had won three straight. Yasiel Puig launched a solo homer in defeat.
"Both guys threw the ball well. Clayton gave up a couple early, and Homer was good all night," noted Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Puig pulled the Dodgers back within a run in the home sixth on his 11th longball of the season, but Bailey retired the next three batters in turn.
He worked a 1-2-3 seventh before exiting, then Manny Parra and Jonathan Broxton combined to hold the hosts off the board in the eighth. Dee Gordon worked a leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second and went to third on a Puig fly, but was stranded when Hanley Ramirez flied out.
Chapman retired the side in order to preserve the one-run margin.
Bailey had a 2-0 lead before hitting the mound for the first time. Todd Frazier doubled with one down in the first and Phillips followed with a two- run shot to left.
"It was a fastball up and I hit it pretty good. Regardless of who was pitching, it was great to do something positive to help the team," said Phillips.
Bailey protected that lead until the fifth. Justin Turner stroked a leadoff double, and though he was stranded at second on a Drew Butera groundout, he managed to score on a Devin Mesoraco passed ball. Kershaw and Gordon followed with base hits, but Andre Ethier grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Frazier began the sixth with a double, moved up on a groundout and after a walk to Mesoraco, scored on Kershaw's wild pitch to give Cincinnati a 3-1 edge.