CINCINNATI (AP) - Hiroki Kuroda got into trouble while facing the heart of the Reds' lineup, and Scott Rolen made him pay.
Kuroda walked Joey Votto and Jay Bruce before Rolen hit a two-run single with two out in the fifth inning, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 loss at Cincinnati on Friday night.
``I was a little too careful,' Kuroda said.
Drew Stubbs was on first when he walked the reigning NL MVP and the NL player of the month of May to load the bases for Rolen, who hit a liner into center field.
Still, Kuroda (5-6) managed to last six innings, allowing six hits and issuing four walks overall. The right-hander dropped to 3-1 with a 2.55 ERA in four career starts against Cincinnati.
Kuroda entered with an 0-2 record and a 7.36 ERA in his last two games.
``Hiroki battled,' first-year Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ``He threw a lot of pitches early. We had a guy up in the fifth but he got the two outs. Then he got us through the sixth.'
Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo (4-5) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, enough for his first win in seven starts since a 9-5 victory at Milwaukee on April 25. The right-hander, still dealing with the aftereffects of mononucleosis he contracted during spring training, was 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in his previous three outings.
The Dodgers hurt themselves with poor baserunning in the fourth inning. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp singled before Arroyo hit Jay Gibbons with a two-strike pitch to load the bases with no outs.
James Loney hit a fly ball to left to score Ethier but shortstop Paul Janish ran down Kemp between second and third to complete the odd, 7-6 double play.
``His thinking was good,' Mattingly said. ``He thought they would let the ball go through and was caught in no man's land.'
Logan Ondrusek and Nick Masset each got three outs before Francisco Cordero turned in a perfect ninth to earn his 11th save in 13 opportunities this season and No. 301 for his career, snapping a tie with Bruce Sutter for 21st place on the saves list.
The Reds have won back-to-back games for the first time since a five-game winning streak from May 13 through May 17.
Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal strained his left oblique making a throw to get Bruce at third in the second inning.
``It sounds like we have to put him on the disabled list but I haven't talked to anybody yet,' Mattingly said.
NOTES: Los Angeles rookie RHP Rubby De La Rosa will make what would have been Jon Garland's next start, Mattingly said. Garland, experiencing shoulder problems, did not travel with the team to Cincinnati. De La Rosa, the Dodgers' 2010 minor league pitcher of the year, is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances since making his major league debut Tuesday. ... Reds 2B Brandon Phillips did not start, as much to give him back-to-back days off as to give his right wrist a chance to heal, manager Dusty Baker said. Phillips was hit by a pitch Wednesday.
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