Dunn homers in fifth straight game
Slugger ties Reds record, sets career high with third-inning blast
LOS ANGELES -- Adam Dunn insists he's doing nothing different from when he was slumping. Yet there was the Reds left fielder on Monday sitting on an impressive power streak of five straight games with a home run.In the third inning of the Reds' series opener vs. the Dodgers on Monday night, Dunn hit a towering two-run home run off starter Brad Penny into the right-field bleachers at Dodger Stadium. The ball traveled an estimated 412 feet, extending the Reds' lead over the Dodgers to 4-0.
"Balls that I've been popping out and fouling off, I'm making better contact with," said Dunn, who came into the night batting .221, the remnants of a long slump that he emerged from last week. "For me, home runs come in spurts. It's kind of a little spurt that I'm on."Cincinnati went on to lose the game, 6-5. The five straight games with a homer are a career best for Dunn and tied a Reds team record done three previous times by Ken Griffey Jr. (July 8-12, 2003), Ted Kluszewski (Aug. 11-15, 1954) and Johnny Bench (May 30-June 3, 1972). "That's pretty good company to be in," Dunn said. It was also Dunn's eighth straight game of notching at least one RBI. In his 2-for-3 game, he also had a sharply hit single to right field in the fifth inning for his third RBI. For the season, Dunn has a team-high 11 homers and 29 RBIs. Entering the night, Dunn was 3-for-25 (.120) in his career vs. Penny. "It's one of those things," Dunn said. "Sometimes, hitters have pitcher's numbers and sometimes it's the opposite. In this case, it's the opposite. He's had my number ever since."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.