Sonny Gray impresses as Reds lose to Kershaw, Dodgers

As the Cincinnati Reds attempted to become the first team to sweep the Los Angeles Dodgers in a series since Aug. 2019, their challenge Wednesday was trying to solve future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw.

There’s a reason why it’s rare that teams sweep the Dodgers.

Kershaw, the eight-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young winner, was as good as ever. The 33-year-old lefty pitched seven scoreless innings while striking out eight. The Reds had only one runner touch third base in their 8-0 loss at Dodger Stadium. 

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Los Angeles.

The Reds, who entered the series against the defending World Series champions on a seven-game losing streak, were down by two runs in the eighth inning before the Dodgers scored six runs against reliever Sal Romano. They completed their road trip with a 2-4 record. 

"The final score doesn’t dictate how that game was played or how this series was played," Reds starter Sonny Gray said. "We come in here and we look each other in the eyes and we decide to play. We decide to show up and to go after these guys. That’s who we are and that’s who we’re going to be from here on out.

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