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Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw come up empty-handed against Reds

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Clayton Kershaw looks closer to form, but throws wild pitch that costs #Dodgers game against #Reds

KEY MOMENT: Dee Gordon drew a four-pitch walk off Manny Parra to lead off the eighth inning. Gordon leads the major leagues in steals, but Manager Don Mattingly didn't have him to attempt to steal second base. Instead, Mattingly sacrificed an out by having Andre Ethier bunt him over. With one out and Gordon on second, Reds Manager Bryan Price called on former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton to face Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez. Puig flied out to the warning track in right field, advancing Gordon to third. Ramirez also flied out to right to end the threat.

ON THE MOUND: Clayton Kershaw was charged with three runs and seven hits over seven innings. The first two runs were scored on a first-inning home run by Brandon Phillips. The Reds added a run in the sixth inning, when Todd Frazier doubled to left field and scored on a wild pitch.

AT THE PLATE: Puig hit his 11th home run, a solo shot in the sixth inning. The Dodgers' other run scored in the fifth inning, when Justin Turner doubled and scored on a passed ball.

IN THE BOOTH: Vin Scully returned after missing two games because of bronchitis. Scully blamed the air conditioning in his hotel room on a recent trip to Arizona. "There was no way to sleep," Scully said. "I was holding my ribs. I thought they would fly out of my chest." Scully was home Sunday when Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter. In his 65 years as the team broadcaster, it was the first Dodgers no-hitter he had missed. "That's the first one I didn't witness," he said. Scully, 86, doesn't live in a Time Warner Cable area, though he said he saw most of the no-hitter in highlight packages.

AT THE BALLOT BOX: Adrian Gonzalez led National League first basemen in All-Star votes when the first round of balloting was released Wednesday. Gonzalez has played in four All-Star games and started for the American League in 2011. "Tell the fans to keep voting," said Gonzalez, who received almost 350,000 votes. Fans can vote at Dodger Stadium through June 18 and online at dodgers.com through July 3 at 8:59 p.m. With more than 380,000 votes, Puig ranked only fifth among NL outfielders. Gordon was second among second basemen, Ramirez fourth among shortstops and Juan Uribe fourth among third basemen.

UP NEXT: Dan Haren (5-3, 3.16) will face the Pittsburgh Pirates and Gerrit Cole (4-3, 3.76) at Dodger Stadium at 7 p.m. On the air: TV: SportsNet LA; Radio: 570, 1020.

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