Alex Wood didn't remind anyone of
Wood did enough to vault the
The win was the first for Wood since he was acquired last month from the
"It gives me some confidence to get my first win under my belt," he said.
Was the performance
Adequate for a back-end starter?
Sure, especially with the rebuilding Reds starting a rookie pitcher for the 16th consecutive game.
The Reds' starter on this night was John Lamb, who was making his major league debut. The Dodgers blasted him for five runs in six innings.
Lamb, 25, wasn't in entirely unfamiliar territory. The left-hander is the grandson of the late John Ramsey, who was the public-address announcer for the Dodgers from 1958 to '84.
Lamb pitched at Laguna Hills High and was a fifth-round selection by the
Justin Turner, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list the previous day, hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning that drove in
The Dodgers didn't score again until the fifth inning, when they erupted for four runs.
The inning started with a walk to Joc Pederson and then a botched sacrifice bunt by Wood that resulted in a double play.
"You look at what happened right after," Wood said, "that's the sign of a really, really good ballclub."
What followed were successive singles by Jimmy Rollins, Enrique Hernandez and Turner, with Turner's hit driving in Rollins to move the Dodgers in front, 2-1.
"Just looking fastball middle and he threw it middle-in," Gonzalez said. "He was throwing a good game at the time. I happened to run into one."
The four-run cushion was enough for Wood and the shaky Dodgers bullpen.
Wood allowed a run-scoring double to Votto in the first inning and was punished again by the first baseman in the sixth, when the Dodgers starter served up a two-run home run to the first baseman.
"He's a real smart hitter," Wood said.
Votto's home run reduced the Dodgers' edge to 5-3, but the Reds didn't score again.
Wood had thrown only 82 pitches, but Manager
A third-inning comebacker by
Johnson, who entered the game to a chorus of boos, faced two batters and got both of them out.
Pedro Baez pitched a perfect inning in the eighth and Kenley Jansen did the same in the ninth to record his 23rd save.
The game tempered some of the concerns about the Dodgers' trade-deadline additions.
Wood's quality start came a night after
Wood said the start was the best of the three he has made for the Dodgers. Five days earlier in Pittsburgh, he gave three runs and five hits over five innings.
The night was also significant for Johnson, who was charged with 12 runs in his first 32/3 innings with the Dodgers. The scoreless appearance Friday was Johnson's second in as many nights.
"Hopefully, we build off it," Mattingly said.