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Adrian Gonzalez hits three homers, drives in eight in Dodgers’ rout of Reds

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Adrian Gonzalez hit three of the Dodgers’ seven home runs in Monday afternoon’s 18-9 rout of the Reds at Great American Ball Park. After his third home run in the seventh inning, Gonzalez said loud enough for the TV cameras to pick up, “I love this ballpark!”

Gonzalez’s first blast was a three-run shot to right-center field off of Homer Bailey. He tacked on a two-run homer to the opposite field off of Jumbo Diaz in the fifth, and number three was a three-run tater against Blake Wood in the seventh. Gonzalez went for homer number four in the eighth but settled for an RBI ground out. It’s the second three-homer game and the first eight-RBI game of Gonzalez’s career. Two other players have hit three homers and driven in eight runs this season: Mookie Betts and Michael Saunders.

Other performances of note in Monday’s game: Andrew Toles had a homer and four RBI. Corey Seager went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI. Chase Utley and Howie Kendrick each had three hits. Joey Votto finished a homer short of the cycle, finishing 3-for-6 with four ribbies. Reds position player Tyler Holt pitched a perfect ninth inning.

The 18 runs are the most the Dodgers have scored in a game since beating the Rockies 19-11 on September 28, 2006. The last time the Reds allowed 18 or more runs was when they lost 22-1 to the Phillies on July 6, 2009.

The Reds, as a team, have now allowed 202 home runs this season. That puts them on pace to allow 264 home runs, which would shatter the all-time record for home runs allowed by a team in a season, currently held by the 1996 Tigers who yielded 241 dingers. The National League record is 239 by the 2001 Rockies.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.