Manny homers, Furcal has 5 hits to help Dodgers rout Reds 12-0

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — Manny Ramirez homered and drove in four runs and Rafael Furcal tied his career high with five hits to help the Dodgers snap a three-game losing streak with a 12-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

James Loney also had four hits to help the Dodgers finish with more runs than the eight they scored while being swept by the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game weekend series at Dodger Stadium.

The Reds, who spent the previous six days alone in first place in the NL Central Division, lost for the third time in four games and dropped into a tie with St. Louis after the Cardinals beat Seattle 4-2.

The Dodgers, who have scored 40 runs in four games at Great American Ball Park this season, tied a season high with 19 hits.

Hiroki Kuroda outlasted a rain delay of 2 hours, 24 minutes to win for the first time in four starts since beating Houston 7-3 on May 18.

Kuroda (6-4) allowed three hits with two walks and five strikeouts while picking up his third win in three career starts against Cincinnati.

Cincinnati starter Aaron Harang did not return after rain forced a delay with one out in the top of the fifth inning. Harang (5-6), who’d won his last three decisions, gave up seven hits and five runs with two walks and five strikeouts.

Furcal’s double in the first sparked a three-run inning and the Dodgers added three more in the fifth after the delay on RBI singles by Ramirez, Loney and Casey Blake before Ramirez hit a two-run shot in the seventh.

Ramon Troncoso drew a bases-loaded walk for his first career RBI and Furcal drove in two runs with a line drive off the left field wall that went for a single when Troncoso stopped at second.

Notes: The rain delay was the Reds’ first of the season in Cincinnati in 38 games. ... The Reds recalled RHP Jordan Smith from Double-A Carolina and optioned RHP Enerio Del Rosario to Triple-A Louisville before the game. Smith, who’s never pitched above the Double-A level in five professional seasons, was 1-3 with a 5.08 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the Mudcats. In two stints with the Reds this season, Del Rosario was 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in nine games. ... The Dodgers plan to put RHP Chad Billingsley on the disabled list because of a groin injury, manager Joe Torre said. ... Matt Kemp’s appearance in the sixth slot of the batting order was his first of the season lower than fifth in 64 games ... Reds manager Dusty Baker celebrated his 61st birthday on Tuesday.

Organizations: Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels, Cardinals

Geographic location: CINCINNATI, Dodger Stadium, St. Louis Great American Ball Park Louisville

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