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LAD@COL: Ryu allows two runs over six innings of work

Hyun-Jin Ryu has been great on the road all season. Johnny Cueto has been great all season.

So, if you're a fan of pitchers' duels, it'd be a smart decision to turn your attention to Great American Ballpark on Wednesday when the two square off.

Ryu is a staggering 5-0 with a 0.95 ERA and 0.974 WHIP in six starts away from Dodger Stadium in 2014. His road ERA is the second best in the Majors among pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings in an opposing stadium.

Ryu's most recent road victory came last Friday when he went six innings and allowed two runs on eight hits to the Rockies at Coors Field. Ryu's lone start against the Reds this season was almost historic. He carried a perfect game into the eighth inning the day after Josh Beckett pitched a no-hitter against the Phillies. Cincinnati broke through in the eighth, but Ryu limited the Reds to three runs in 7 1/3 innings and recorded seven strikeouts in a May 26 win at Dodger Stadium.

Cueto, on the other hand, is coming off one of two non-quality starts in 13 tries this season. The Phillies plated four runs on six hits against Cueto and chased the righty after five innings.

"After five I took him out simply because we've asked a lot of Johnny," Reds manager Bryan Price said after Cueto's last start. "We've asked him to throw seven to nine innings darn near every start. He's thrown 100-plus pitches often. It just seemed like one of those days where I didn't want to ask him to continue to do more on a day where we should ask him to do less."

Even with the poor start, Cueto still is in the top three in the Majors in the following categories: WHIP (0.792), ERA (1.97), innings pitched (96), complete games (three) and shutouts (two).

Reds: Roster returning to full strength
It was delayed for two hours, five minutes because of Mother Nature, but Joey Votto returned to the Reds' order in Tuesday's 6-1 loss to the Dodgers.

In his first game since May 15 after being sidelined with a left quadriceps strain, Votto went 1-for-3. The Canadian's comeback obviously provides a big boost to the Reds' order, and the team may get another jolt this weekend.

Right-hander Mat Latos is on pace to make his season debut this Saturday. Latos missed the first two months of the season because of elbow surgery he underwent in October. He won 14 games for Cincinnati last season, pitched 210 1/3 innings, struck out 187 and had a 3.16 ERA.

The Reds are getting healthier at a convenient time, as Wednesday's contest will be their third of 14 in a 20-game stretch against opponents who are .500 or better. The Reds are sitting eight games behind first-place Milwaukee, but Price downplayed if this upcoming stretch was more important than others for his team.

"If this is a more critical stretch than others, I don't know," Price said. "I do know we've got teams ahead that we're playing here and we're going to be playing a lot -- especially going into and coming out of the All-Star break. We're going to need to beat them or we'll put ourselves in a position that it will be really hard to rebound from."

Dodgers: Team agrees to terms with second-round pick
The Dodgers agreed to terms with second-round selection Alex Verdugo for $914,600 on Tuesday.

Verdugo, an Arizona high school outfielder, was picked by Los Angeles last Thursday and turned 18 just last month. The Dodgers have not officially announced the signing.

A left-handed hitter, Verdugo hit .532 as a senior at Sahuaro High School in 2014.

Worth noting
• The Dodgers improved their Major League-best road record to 22-12 on Tuesday. The team was 9-17 on the road a year ago at this time. Comments