CINCINNATI – Not only did Los Angeles lose to the lowly Cincinnati Reds yet again, this time former Dodgers prospects did in their former team.
Former Los Angeles farmhands Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler homered, and the Dodgers stumbled for the second straight night in a 3-1 loss Tuesday night.
“Two days ago, things were great,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “I don't have an answer for the Reds.”
Defending NL champion Los Angeles is 0-6 against Cincinnati this season.
“It's not complacency,” Roberts said. “If anything, we're trying too hard. When we put it together, we're very good. Against teams that on paper we should beat, it hasn't worked out.”
Dixon homered in the second inning and Schebler in the third for a 2-0 lead against Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-3).
Jose Peraza, another former Los Angeles prospect, had two hits.
Dixon, Peraza and Schebler all were acquired by the Reds from Los Angeles as part of the December 2015 three-team trade that sent Todd Frazier from Cincinnati to the Chicago White Sox.
“It is fun to play the team you left,” Dixon said. “The win is the most important thing, but you have a chip on your shoulder when you play your former team.”
Scooter Gennett had two hits, including a run-scoring single in the fifth inning, and lifted his league-leading average to .321. Gennett is hitting .727 (16 for 22) against the Dodgers this season.
Luis Castillo (9-12) allowed one run and four hits in 61/3 innings with nine strikeouts. He retired 15 straight batters before Joc Pederson's one-out homer in the sixth.
Raisel Iglesias pitched a hitless ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances, completing a five-hitter.