Joe Price scattered seven hits in 7 2/3 innings and Dann Bilardello, Gary Redus and Dave Concepcion drove in runs in the seventh inning to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles yesterday.
Price (5-4) was lifted in the eighth inning after surrendering a bloop RBI single to Dusty Baker. Bill Scherrer pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his fifth save.
Fernando Valenzuela (8-3), who had won five straight games, including a 5-1 victory Monday over Price and the Reds, was the loser.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning as Pedro Guerrero walked with two out and Mike Marshall and Greg Brock followed with singles.
The Reds, who had base runners in each of the first six innings, finally got to Valenzuela in the seventh. Kelly Paris led off with a single, took second on a sacrifice and scored on Bilardello's single. One out later, Redus singled home Bilardello and then stole second, from where he scored on Concepcion's single, which chased Valenzuela.
Price gave up a one-out single to Steve Sax in the eighth. Sax took second on Bill Russell's ground out and scored on Baker's hit. Keefe Cato then surrendered a single to Guerrero, which sent Baker to third. Scherrer then came on to strike out pinch-hitter Jose Morales.
"The last game (the 5-1 loss) I thought I threw better, but I made some mistakes late in the game, especially to the sixth- and seventh-inning batters," Price said of the game in which he had a career-high nine strikeouts.