Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Joey Votto hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning and Mike Leake retired 13 of the final 14 Dodgers he faced to lift the Cincinnati Reds over Los Angeles, 3-2, in a potential playoff matchup.
Leake (12-6) shook off an early two-run homer from Hanley Ramirez and allowed just five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings to keep the Reds inching towards a postseason berth.
Cincinnati had just taken three of four from the St. Louis Cardinals to maintain its stranglehold on the NL's second wild card spot.
The NL West-leading Dodgers were forced into emptying their bullpen after Chris Capuano exited in the second inning with a groin injury. Don Mattingly used six relievers, and J.P. Howell (2-1) took the loss after serving up Votto's home run.