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Dodgers Kick Start Offense Against Reds 8-5

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Putting it politely, the Dodgers have been offensively challenged since the All-Star break. For one night, at least, the Dodgers bucked that trend doing all the kicking of Cincinnati Reds’ starter Johnny Cueto (L, 11-4) by belting four solo homers off of him en route to an 8-5 victory.

“Four home runs - that certainly came out of nowhere,” Torre said. “We knew it was in there somewhere.”

After hitting back-to-back homers only once this season when Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier did it in the first inning in a game against the San Francisco Giants on April 16, the Dodgers did it twice: Ryan Theriot and Ethier in the second inning, and Jay Gibbons and Kemp in the third inning.

“[Cueto] was throwing good fastballs, but I think he was having trouble with his control tonight,” Gibbons said. “We took advantage.”

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Perhaps the threat of Manny Ramirez’s return to the lineup made all the difference.

“It’s nice to have him there,” Torre said. “He gives us more credibility as far as I’m concerned in the middle of the lineup.”