Three games back in wild card after loss

Wade Miley knew where the ball was headed when Corey Seager connected on a first-pitch slider for a two-run homer in the third inning Sunday.

He just hopes the Cincinnati Reds’ playoff chances didn’t fly away with it.

Miley had another rough start, giving up six runs and nine hits in three innings, with future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw pitching on the other side. The Reds lost, 8-5, in their series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of 26,621 fans at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley (22) watches as the Cincinnati Reds bat in the first inning of the MLB baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

The Reds have dropped eight consecutive series, their longest series losing streak since August 2015. They're four back in the loss column from the St. Louis Cardinals with 12 games left in their season. The Cardinals swept the San Diego Padres and won eight straight games to take a three-game lead in the wild-card race.

"We need to win some games, put some series together," Miley said. "I know we haven't won a series in a while. But we just have to keep playing. We can't press. Anything can happen. There are 12 games left, the Cardinals have (14) games left. They can go on a losing streak just like we have. Hopefully, we can turn this thing around and see what happens."

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