Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Homer Bailey got the best of Clayton Kershaw, and Cincinnati edged Los Angeles by a 3-2 count in Wednesday's finale of a three-game series.
Bailey (5-3) allowed two runs on five hits, fanning six and walking one over seven effective innings. Three relievers finished off the victory, including Aroldis Chapman, who struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his fifth save.
Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer for the Reds, who avoided a sweep and put the brakes on a four-game losing skid.
Clayton Kershaw (3-2) was charged with seven hits and three runs despite striking out nine over seven full frames for the Dodgers, who had won three straight. Yasiel Puig launched a solo homer in defeat.
Puig pulled the Dodgers back within a run in the home sixth on his 11th longball of the season, but Bailey retired the next three batters in turn.
He worked a 1-2-3 seventh before exiting, then Manny Parra and Jonathan Broxton combined to hold the hosts off the board in the eighth. Dee Gordon worked a leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second and went to third on a Puig fly, but was stranded when Hanley Ramirez flied out.
Chapman retired the side in order to preserve the one-run margin.
Bailey had a 2-0 lead before hitting the mound for the first time. Todd Frazier doubled with one down in the first and Phillips followed with a two- run shot to left.
Bailey protected that lead until the fifth. Justin Turner stroked a leadoff double, and though he was stranded at second on a Drew Butera groundout, he managed to score on a Devin Mesoraco passed ball. Kershaw and Gordon followed with base hits, but Andre Ethier grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Frazier began the sixth with a double, moved up on a groundout and after a walk to Mesoraco, scored on Kershaw's wild pitch to give Cincinnati a 3-1 edge.
Game Notes: Reds first baseman Brayan Pena led all players with three hits ... Cincinnati improved to 9-13 in one-run games this season, while Los Angeles fell to 7-8 in such contests.