Hairston Ignites Cincy Split With Los Angeles

Reds' new leadoff man has four of team's 15 hits in 8-1 outburst
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 22, 2008 10:36 PM CDT
Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips crosses home after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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(Newser) – Jerry Hairston Jr. had four hits in his debut as Cincinnati's leadoff hitter, and Adam Dunn and Brandon Phillips each homered Tuesday night, leading the Reds to an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds split their two-game series with a rare victory over the Dodgers, who are 11-3 against Cincinnati since 2006.

Two struggling lineups took turns breaking out during the short series. After scoring only three runs over the weekend while getting swept in Atlanta, the Dodgers piled up 15 hits in a 9-3 win on Monday night. Hairston, batting .421 in the minors, was called up before that game, and got the Reds rolling a day later.