Puig, after flailing through three of the team's 20 strikeouts against the
The strikeout total broke the record for the most by a Dodgers team in the modern era (since 1900), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"You put your at-bats behind you every single time — what's in the past is in the past," said Puig, who thrust both arms upward in the instant after his bat charged through a changeup delivered by Reds reliever Curtis Partch (0-1).
"Even though three of those 20 strikeouts were mine, I kept giving it everything I had," Puig, speaking in Spanish, said through a translator. "We adjusted inning by inning, and the result was the result. My team won."
The victory, their 26th in 32 games, made the first-place Dodgers 9-1 since the All-Star break and 56-48 overall, and increased their lead over Arizona to 2 1/2 games in the National League West.
Cincinnati starting pitcher
Dodgers bats waved at even more air after Cingrani left, as relievers
"I don't even know if the guys realized [they had 20 strikeouts]; you're just playing the inning, trying to win a game," Dodgers Manager
"I don't know what it tells us other than it tells us we got a win today."
Every starter struck out, with the Nos. 2-4 batters, Puig,
Federowicz struck out following a
Puig's personal frustration was amplified when he walked to lead off the seventh but was picked off first base by Cingrani.
Then in the ninth, he sharply objected to a called strike, glared at plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, then went down swinging on the next pitch.
"I went to do what Gonzalez advised me to do," Puig said about his 11th-inning mind-set. "Go hit the ball, have patience."
The Dodgers were able to extend the game because their pitchers, led by starter Capuano, limited the Reds to three hits and two walks.
After Capuano surrendered a single grounded up the middle by
The Reds threatened in the sixth when No. 8 batter
With the Dodgers' infield in, Cincinnati's