CINCINNATI -- Scott Van Slyke homered twice and collected a career-high three hits, and Dan Haren allowed two runs in five innings, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a four-game series Monday night at Great American Ball Park.
Van Slyke, making just his third start in center field, went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and a walk to go along with a solo shot and a three-run blast.
Haren (6-4) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out two to end a streak of three straight losing decisions.
Left fielder Ryan Ludwick homered for Cincinnati (29-33).
Right fielder Yasiel Puig returned to the starting lineup for Los Angeles (34-31) and went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored. Second baseman Dee Gordon did not start Monday's game but beat out an infield hit as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani (2-6) allowed six earned runs on seven hits and needed 97 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.
The Dodgers bullpen extinguished a pair of late scoring threats by Cincinnati.
The Reds had runners on first and second in the seventh, but J.P. Howell induced center fielder Billy Hamilton's first career double-play grounder to end the threat.
Cincinnati then loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth against Brandon League, who got Ludwick to ground into a 1-2-3 double play and catcher Brayan Pena to ground out to short to end the inning.
After an inning-ending double play helped him escape a first-inning jam, Cingrani gave up Van Slyke's 439-foot solo home run to left-center field leading off the second, putting the Dodgers ahead 1-0.
Twice Cincinnati missed home runs by a few feet in the early going, including shortstop Zack Cozart's blast to left in the second, which required a 34-second crew chief review to confirm it was foul. Right fielder Jay Bruce hit one several feet foul to right in the third.
The Dodgers scored twice in the fourth on third baseman Justin Turner's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by catcher Tim Federowicz to go ahead 3-1.
Ludwick's fifth home run to cut the Reds' deficit to one run in the fourth inning.
But a pair of walks in the fifth by Cingrani preceded Van Slyke's second homer, a three-run shot that put Los Angeles ahead 6-2.
NOTES: Dodgers CF Scott Van Slyke had his second career multi-home run game, the other coming on May 17, 2013, at Atlanta. ...Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday's game with a strained left hip flexor. ... Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon did not start Monday's game after leaving Saturday's game with right hip discomfort, but manager Don Mattingly insisted he was fine. "Dee was good. I think he was ready to play," Mattingly said. "In this circumstance, with a lefty (Reds LHP Tony Cingrani) on the mound, we'll give him another day and make sure he's healthy." ... Reds RHP Mat Latos threw 81 pitches, allowing one run on four hits, and 1B Joey Votto went 1-for-3 in their rehab starts for Triple-A Louisville on Monday night at Pawtucket before the game was postponed by rain after 5 2/3 innings.. ... The Dodgers' .579 winning percentage at Great American Ball Park is second-best by any National League team behind the New York Mets' .600.