LOS ANGELES – Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers bounced back from a blowout loss with a 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night to even their four game series at one-game apiece.

Gonzalez met with little leaguers from Hermosillo, Mexico before the game and told them that if he hit a home run he would point to them in the stands.

"They asked me to point them if I hit a home run tonight so I did," Gonzalez said. "I told them if I happen to hit one, don't worry, I'll point to you, and I did."

For those having flashbacks of Babe Ruth or The Natural, relax, Gonzalez didn't guarantee he'd hit a homer or promise them anything.

"I can never promise I'll hit a home run," Gonzalez said bluntly.

Alex Wood earned his first win since joining the Dodgers from Atlanta at the trade deadline, and other than a few mistakes to Joey Votto, was superb in his home debut.

"It gives me some confidence to get the first win under my belt," Wood said. "Tonight was the best I've felt of my three starts so far. I want to earn the respect of these guys. Hopefully, tonight is a good step in that direction."

Wood allowed three runs on five hits in 6.1 innings but was pulled in the seventh in favor of his teammate in Atlanta, former Braves' closer Jim Johnson.

Votto was a thorn in Wood's side all game as the southpaw slugger knocked in all three Cincinnati runs with an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run homer in the sixth.

"He's a real smart hitter," Wood said of Votto. "I thought the only two mistakes I made were both to him. He's the wrong guy to make them too."

Votto finished 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a home run. Votto leads the National League in multi-hit games with 40, and is batting .400 with nine doubles, six homers and 15 RBI since the All-Star break.

"They have a good lineup," Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly said. "If you look at that lineup, they got a lot of guys who swing the bat. They're a dangerous group. We didn't want Votto beating us."

John Lamb made his major league debut on Thursday after being called up from the minors a day prior. The 25-year-old left-hander was acquired by the Reds from the Royals in the trade that sent Johnny Cueto to the reigning AL pennant winners.

Lamb, who was one of Baseball America's top 100 prospects in 2011, wore Cueto's No 47 jersey on the hill. Lamb allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings but was done in by four consecutive hits with two outs in the fifth inning.

After a leadoff walk by Joc Pederson turned into an atrocious bunt attempt by Wood that resulted in a double play, the Dodgers recorded four consecutive hits with two outs in the fifth inning.

After singles by Jimmy Rollins, Kiké Hernandez, and Justin Turner, Gonzalez whacked a three-run bomb into the visiting bullpen that gave LA a 5-1 lead.

It was Gonzalez's third home run of the season off a left-handed pitcher, but admitted after the game, he could not have done it without his teammates clutch hitting ahead of him.

"Obviously, they were the reason we one, so it was very important that they did that," Gonzalez said.