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Yasiel Puig homers in 11th, Dodgers beat Reds 1-0

Monday - 7/29/2013, 3:25am  ET

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig takes off on his solo home run that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

JOE RESNICK
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Yasiel Puig does everything with a touch of panache, including his game-ending home run trot.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' excitable rookie homered with two outs in the 11th inning for a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Puig circled the bases and slid into home plate, where teammates were waiting for him after his first career walk-off homer.

"Each player does what he can when he gets to the plate. Some people jump, some people slide, some people run," Puig said through a translator. "I have a previous teammate in Cuba that jumped and hurt his ankle. So I decided to slide."

Puig drove an 0-1 pitch deep into the left-field pavilion against rookie Curtis Partch (0-1) for his 10th homer and 23rd RBI in 48 big league games. It salvaged an otherwise frustrating afternoon for the Dodgers, who were held to one hit by Tony Cingrani through the first seven innings.

"It wasn't a terrible pitch," Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco said. "I think, more than anything, it just had a little bit of elevation. In that situation, guys are trying to hit home runs, and Puig was able to get it in the air. As much as he's chased pitches against us this series, I wanted it to be a ball."

Brandon League (6-3) pitched two hitless innings for the win.

The NL West leaders, who took three of four from the Reds, won for the 26th time in 32 games and extended their lead to 2
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