After spending six days out of first place, the Los Angeles Dodgers are back atop the NL West.
L.A. used a three-run first inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 53,570 Wednesday to collect their third win in four nights at Dodger Stadium.
With the San Francisco Giants falling at Washington earlier in the day, the Dodgers reclaimed sole possession of first place in the division in their last home game before the All-Star break. The Dodgers will begin a four-game series at Arizona on Thursday.
After being shut out in six of their last 16 games, the Dodgers came out four for four against Reds pitcher Mike Leake before a meeting on the mound calmed things down. Having given up three runs, and with two men on base, Leake escaped the inning and prevented the game from becoming a rout before it began.