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Dodgers Can't Squeeze Past Reds

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Carlos Monasterios (L, 3-4) had big shoes to fill making his first start since July 30 with Vicente Padilla on the disabled list with a bulging disk in his neck. However he couldn’t quite get out of his own way or Cincinnati Reds’ All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips in the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss to the Reds.

“I threw badly,” Monasterios said through translator Kenji Nimura. “I was trying to get outs, trying to throw strikes. I couldn’t do it.”

Manager Joe Torre was a little more descriptive: “It looked like he was unsure of himself. He got a little too deliberate.”

After giving up an RBI single to Phillips in the second inning giving the Reds the 1-0 lead, Monasterios overthrew a sacrifice bunt hit by Drew Stubbs in the fourth inning. That set the stage for Phillips to come through again with a single to shallow center field scoring Stubbs and Ryan Hanigan giving the Reds the 3-1 lead.

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Reds’ All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips burned Monasterios going 3-for-3 with three RBI against Monasterios alone. Phillips made an out the remaining two times he was up at the plate.

As Monasterios was hemming and hawing, Casey Blake summed it up perfectly: “He’s a pretty good hitter.”