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  • 13 Aug
    CINCINNATI -- Julio Urias did most things a team can expect from a pitcher -- bunt, field, control the running game and pitch very well.The 20-year-old left-hander won his third straight decision, Chase Utley homered on the fourth pitch of the game and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 Sunday to stop a three-game losing streak.He has a very good feel and mound presence, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. He had the pickoff. He was good with runners on base. Just an all-around plus day for Julio.Los Angeles moved into the NL West lead, a half-game ahead of San Francisco after the Giants 2-0 home loss to the New York Mets on Sunday night.Utley connected against Anthony DeSclafani (7-2) for his third home run of the trip and 11th this season, then had an RBI single in the third and scored on Cory Seagers hit for a 3-0 lead. Utley homered twice Tuesday at Philadelphia, his former team.For a starter, thats what you need, Urias said through a translator. You cant win games by yourself.Urias (4-2), who made his big league debut in late May, allowed six hits, struck out six and walked none, throwing 62 of 97 pitches for strikes. He didnt allow a runner past first base until the sixth inning despite giving up two hits in an inning three times. Urias picked off Jose Peraza at first and got Ivan De Jesus Jr. to ground into a double play.He was better than I expected, Reds manager Bryan Price said. He got the breaking ball over early. I stacked the lineup with right-handers and he was able to get it in on them. We didnt square a lot of balls today.Urias credited pitching coach Rick Honeycutt with helping him make an early adjustment.During the first inning, the changeup was outside, he said. When I came out, I talked with the pitching coach, and he was able to help me fix everything.Urias beat Philadelphia in his previous start on Aug. 8, then defeated Pittsburgh in relief five days later.Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen each followed with an inning of one-hit relief, and the Dodgers tied the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia for the big league lead in shutouts with 11.Eugenio Suarez had three hits for the Reds, who had won their five previous games in their best spurt this season. Cincinnati was last in the NL Central for 98 consecutive days before climbing into fourth place on Saturday.DeSclafani gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings.It was a grind, he said. I tried to compete and keep the bullpen out of it. I tried attacking. Id like to have that pitch back in the first inning. In the third, I got behind guys. I just didnt make good pitches when I had to. I have to get better at that. This wasnt good enough.STREAKINGAfter singling in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter on Saturday, Seager singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He is hitting .457 (21 for 46) during the streak. ... Suarez is 13 for 26 during a six-game hitting streak and has five doubles in his last five games.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: OF Andre Ethier is running at about 75 percent and taking batting practice, manager Dave Roberts said. Ethier broke his right tibia during spring training.Reds: SS Zack Cozart is wearing a boot on his left foot to help eliminate the soreness hes felt in his Achilles tendon, a product of overcompensating for the June 2015 season-ending surgery on his right knee.UP NEXT:LHP Scott Kazmir (10-6), Los Angeless scheduled starter for Mondays series finale, struck out a season-high 12 in a 3-1 win over the visiting Reds on May 25. 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Grant knew he would be coming off the bench, but he had no idea at what position it would be until coach Billy Donovan told him as he went into the game.Its fine, Grant said. You always have to be ready. You always have to be ready for whatever comes at you. Especially being in the position Im in, being able to play different positions, you always have to be ready.Against the Suns, he ended the night with eight points, five rebounds and a plus/minus of plus-11. That was tied for the second-highest on the team.Grant has lined up as center, power forward, small forward and even some shooting guard. It takes a lot homework and study to make sure he has his positions down.You have to know everybodys tendencies, regardless of who is on the court, Grant said. I think everybody should know everybodys tendencies. I watch a ton of basketball so I kind of know most peoples tendencies in the league already. I watch a lot of film with the coaches and go through our scouting report.The Thunder will need Grant in the same frame of mind Monday night, when they host Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks (13-14) at 7 p.m. in the Chesapeake Energy ArenaMillsap is one of the more versatile power forwards in the NBA. He can score on the low block and also step out and hit 15-foot jumpers with consistency. He leads the Hawks with an average of 17 points is seecond in rebounds (eight) and assists (3.dddddddddddd7).Oklahoma City won the first matchup with the Hawks in Atlanta. They are expecting an even tougher test this time around, especially with the uncertainty of the injured Victor Oladipo playing.They are a physical team Grant said. I know they are going to come back and try and get us back.Atlanta enters the contest coming off a loss to Charlotte Saturday. After the game, center Dwight Howard and point guard Dennis Schroder went directly to the practice court to hash out missed opportunities, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Schroder had six assists, but none led to points for Howard.In his first season in Atlanta, Howard is posting solid numbers at 14.2 points and 13 boards a game. Yet, the Hawks find themselves hanging around .500 and havent been able to break through yet.Its frustrating. Were all competitive, Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer told Peachtreehoops. We want to win. Id say frustrated. Our guys are competing, guys are trying to make plays.As with every team that comes into Oklahoma City, slowing down Russell Westbrook will have to be at the top of the list of things to do for the Hawks. But Westbrook showed with his career high 22 assists and 13th triple-double of the season on Saturday that hes not doing it alone. That is also evident on defensively.When we defend we put ourselves in position to win games. That has to be our identity, Westbrook said. When we defend at a high level we usually have a good chance of winning the game. ' ' '