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Cincinnati Reds win third straight game against struggling Los Angeles Dodgers

The Cincinnati Reds won their third consecutive game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with rookie Elly De La Cruz's impressive performance leading the charge. The Dodgers have now lost four straight games.

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Cincinnati Reds won third straight game against L.A. Dodgers.
Elly De La Cruz and Will Benson impressed with home runs.
Dodgers struggling with bullpen and lost four straight games.

The Cincinnati Reds won their third straight game in an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Will Benson hitting his first career home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Rookie Elly De La Cruz also impressed, hitting a tape-measure homer and a triple. The Dodgers got off to a quick start with Mookie Betts hitting his 42nd career leadoff homer, but the Reds responded with De La Cruz's two-run homer and later tied the game again with a Tucker Barnhart RBI double in the eighth inning. The Dodgers have now lost four straight games.

The Cincinnati Reds are looking to finish off a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, after two stunning comeback victories in the first two games of the series. On Tuesday, the Reds won 9-8 with a three-run, ninth-inning rally, and then on Wednesday, they erased a four-run deficit with the help of Elly De La Cruz and Will Benson, who hit his first career home run to give the Reds an 8-6 win. De La Cruz and Benson became the first Reds teammates to hit their first career homers in the same game since 1907. Meanwhile, the Dodgers' bullpen is struggling, giving up multiple runs in each of the first two games of the series, and their bullpen ERA is now 4.75, which ranks 26th in the majors.

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