Kenta Maeda latest starter to go deep in another Dodgers win

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run homerun to take a 3-0 lead over the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Reds at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Tyler Mahle #30 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez (14) is safe at second base next to Cincinnati Reds shortstop Jose Peraza on an infield single from Alex Verdugo during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Reds at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his run with David Freese #25, from an Alex Verdugo #27 single, for a 1-0 lead over the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) hits a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his two run homerun to take a 3-0 lead over the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates his two-run home run with Rocky Gale (58) during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Reds at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Matt Kemp #27 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a double during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after walking the bases loaded against the Cincinnati Reds during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Cincinnati Reds’ Yasiel Puig tosses his bat after popping out during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Cincinnati Reds’ Yasiel Puig watches from the dugout during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Cincinnati Reds second baseman Derek Dietrich, top, throws over Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo to complete a double play after a ground ball from David Freese during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he leaves the game with a 4-1 lead during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo watches his two-run double during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez (14) is met in the dugout by manager Dave Roberts, center, and bench coach Bob Geren, right, after Hernandez scored on a double by Alex Verdugo during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo (27) points to his dugout after driving in two runs with a double against the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his two run double, in front of Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds, to take a 6-1 lead during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia (63) celebrates with catcher Rocky Gale after the team’s 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates a 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds, with David Freese #25 and Max Muncy #13 at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw smiles in the dugout before the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: (L-R) Cody Bellinger #35, Walker Buehler #21 and Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers smile during the National Anthem before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES — It’s almost as if by voicing it, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was able to summon it.

“You win with pitching,” Roberts said Sunday, a six-game losing streak splayed out behind him. “You sustain winning with starting pitching.”

The Dodgers are winning again. With starter Kenta Maeda allowing only one run and pitching into the seventh inning, they beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 Tuesday night for their third consecutive win.

During last week’s six-game losing streak, the Dodgers’ starting pitchers had an 8.37 ERA and failed to make it through five innings three times. In the three games that have followed, their starting pitchers – Ross Stripling on Sunday, Clayton Kershaw on Monday and Maeda on Tuesday – have allowed a total of four runs in 21-2/3 innings (a 1.66 ERA). Each pitched at least into the seventh inning, a much-needed respite for a taxed bullpen.

Maeda did his part against the Reds by retiring seven of the first eight batters he faced before giving up back-to-back doubles and a run in the third inning.

By then, the Dodgers had already scored four times (all with two outs in an inning).

Singles by Corey Seager, Kiké Hernandez and Alex Verdugo produced one run in the first. In the second, Joc Pederson reprised his walk-off heroics from Monday, sending a two-run home run over the same stretch of wall in right field.

Pederson’s eighth home run of the season was the first of four consecutive two-out hits. Singles by Seager, Max Muncy and Hernandez were good for another run.

Facing a four-man outfield alignment each time up, Seager added a double off the right-field wall for a three-hit game.

The Dodgers didn’t score again until the seventh inning, when Verdugo drove in two more two-out runs with a double off lefty reliever Zach Duke. It was Verdugo’s second three-RBI game in the past three days.

Maeda had all the cushion he needed with the early runs.

The three-hit games by Seager and Verdugo led a Dodgers offense that outhit the Reds 13-4.

A one-out double by Matt Kemp led to a bases-loaded situation for the Reds in the fourth inning – just in time for Mahle to bat. Maeda struck him out and allowed just one more baserunner in his 6 2/3 innings.

Between them, Maeda and relievers Scott Alexander, Joe Kelly and Yimi Garcia retired 16 of the last 17 Reds batters, including the last 13 in order.

More to come on this story.

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