CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds had reasons to be positive but the rain and Josh Beckett dampened their spirits.
Joey Votto returned from the disabled list but Beckett kept the Reds off balance and lead the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory Tuesday night in a game delayed more than 2 hours by rain.
"He has a knee buckling breaking ball," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He didn't give us an opportunity to string anything together."
Beckett allowed two hits in six shutout innings and Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run single.
Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Justin Turner led the Los Angeles offense with two hits apiece. Beckett got into the act with a single for the Dodgers, who have won three straight and four of five.
Beckett (4-3), who had endured two consecutive 2-1 losses since his no-hitter in Philadelphia on May 25, finished with seven strikeouts and one walk. He also hit a batter with a pitch.
Mike Leake, reached for a season-high five runs in his previous start Thursday against San Francisco, allowed five more and a season-high nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. Leake (3-6), who lost seven games last season, had seven strikeouts and one walk.
"They (Dodgers) did a nice job of putting the ball in play," Price said. "They ran some balls through the infield. They have enough team speed to get some good reads off the bat to score."
Leake (3-6) has pitched better than his record.
"Leake hasn't had a lot of luck when he's pitched well," Price said. "The guys like playing behind him. He's aggressive. He'll come back and pitch some good games for us."
Votto, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game after missing 23 games with a strained quadriceps in his left knee, went 1 for 3 with a single, two strikeouts and a walk.
The Reds have scored two runs or fewer in six of the first eight games of the current 10-game homestand. The Reds avoided being shut out against Paul Maholm on Jay Bruce's leadoff double, Devin Mesoraco's infield single and Zack Cozart's one-out RBI single in the seventh. Mesoraco snapped a career-worst 0-for-19 slump with his hit. Chris Perez got Todd Frazier to ground out with the bases loaded, the only real threat the Reds mounted.