Clayton Kershaw pitched 5 sharp innings for his first win since June 27, Gavin Lux and Corey Seager every hit two-run homers and the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers beat the sliding Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Sunday.

Will Smith furthermore homered on account of the Dodgers acquired for the eighth time in 9 video video video games. They started the afternoon two video video video games behind San Francisco contained in the NL West.

The Reds misplaced their eighth straight sequence after beginning the day two video video video games in as soon as extra of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot.

Kershaw (10-7) allowed one run and three hits, placing out eight and by no means using a stroll. He pitched in Cincinnati for the primary time since 2013.

“It was great,” Los Angeles supervisor Dave Roberts acknowledged. “I thought he was great all the way around. I’m a little biased, but I thought he got squeezed a little, but he was fantastic. Overall really in control. See him get through five with close to 75 pitches. It was perfect.”

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner missed increased than two months with irritation in his left elbow, then returned Monday and threw 4 1/3 regular innings in opposition to Arizona. He threw 74 pitches.

“I felt a little more crisp with each pitch,” Kershaw acknowledged. “I’ve still got a little ways to go with my stamina. I got up to, I think, 75 pitches, but we still have a couple more (starts) before the playoffs.”

The solely Reds run in opposition to him obtained proper right here when Nick Castellanos doubled, superior on a wild pitch and scored on Tyler Stephenson’s groundout contained in the fourth that made it 6-1.

Lux, who missed Friday’s recreation with an accurate forearm contusion, had three hits and drove in three runs. He hit a two-run triple Saturday in a 5-1 win.

“We’ve needed it a ton,” Roberts acknowledged. “He’s in a good spot mechanically. His approach to each pitcher and his work with hitting coaches is very sound and consistent.”

Wade Miley (12-7) continued to wrestle, permitting six runs and 9 hits in a season-low three innings. The left-hander, who pitched a no-hitter on May 7 at Cleveland, has been roughed up for 19 hits and 12 runs, 11 earned, in 7 1-3 innings over his closing two begins.

“I made a pretty good pitch to Smith I thought,” Miley acknowledged. “I’m just not finishing pitches. I haven’t figured it out yet. It’s not good. Guys know what I’m going to do. It’s no secret. I have to get the ball where I need it to be.”

Mookie Betts gave a contact of factors to return, main off the sport with a single.

“Wade’s been so good all year,” Reds supervisor David Bell acknowledged. “He had a couple rough starts. We have to check and make sure he’s healthy. Fatigue is a factor, maybe.”

Pinch-hitter TJ Friedl, promoted by the Reds on Saturday, notched his first profession hit and residential run contained in the sixth. Friedl singled and scored on Jonathan India’s double contained in the eighth.

Joey Votto lined a pinch-hit homer off Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen contained in the ninth.

MOOKIE DELIVERS

Betts gave a bat to the fan who caught Friedl’s dwelling run ball and successfully retrieved the souvenir for the rookie.

SHOULDER THE LOAD

Seager initially was dominated protected on account of interference by 2B Jonathan India all by means of a second-inning rundown, nonetheless the determine was reversed after the umpires met. They decided that Seager went out of the baseline and banged into India alongside collectively together with his left shoulder.

DOMINANT DODGERS

The Dodgers improved to 65-35 of their closing 100 video video video games in opposition to the Reds since 2006.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Pinch-hitter Max Muncy was hit by a pitch contained in the left leg contained in the ninth inning. He stayed contained in the recreation.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: After Monday’s off day, LHP Julio Urias (18-3) begins contained in the sequence opener on Tuesday at Colorado.

Reds: RHP Vladimir Gutirrez (9-6), Monday’s scheduled starter in opposition to the Pirates, allowed 5 hits, three walks and 4 runs in 3 2-3 innings of Cincinnati’s 5-4 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.