PHOENIX -- Jake Lamb made the Dodgers pay for loading the bases with an intentional walk to get to him, hitting his second career grand slam with two outs in the seventh inning off left-hander Tony Watson to lead the D-backs past the Dodgers, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Chase Field.
The Dodgers' loss was just their second in the last 16 games and snapped a four-game win streak. They had also beaten the D-backs four straight times, and while they lead Arizona by 15 games in the National League West, the D-backs moved a half-game ahead of the Rockies for the first NL Wild Card spot.
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"It was a pretty special night," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "The Dodgers rolled into town with tremendous momentum, and I think that we played one of our better games in quite some time.
"Offensively, what can you say about Jake Lamb? Two home runs, and nothing bigger than the grand slam off a very tough pitcher that traditionally has been very tough throughout the league. But Jake did a great job of digging out some pitches and fighting through his entire at-bat and basically won us a ballgame."
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Trailing, 3-2, the D-backs got a single to lead off the seventh from Chris Iannetta, then pinch-hitter Adam Rosales was hit by a pitch. After the pair moved to second and third on the second out of the inning, the Dodgers elected to intentionally walk A.J. Pollock to set up the left-on-left matchup between Lamb and Watson.
"I loved the matchup," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Lamb, who has struggled this year against lefties, hit a 1-2 pitch down the right-field line for his second career grand slam. It was Lamb's second homer of the game and his fourth in his last two games against the Dodgers. The ball made a loud clang as it hit off the foul pole, just above the yellow line.
"I thought it definitely had enough," Lamb said. "I didn't think it was going to stay fair. I don't like showing a whole lot of emotion, but I definitely thought they would review that, but apparently it hit the foul pole."
The game had been a seesaw affair before that, with a pair of homers by Justin Turner helping the Dodgers to build the lead, while Lamb's first home and a solo shot by Iannetta were all the offense the D-backs could muster. Turner has four homers in the last three games.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Starting it off: Iannetta's homer in the fifth will get more attention than his single to start the seventh, but the base hit was more important. The D-backs' catcher worked a nine-pitch at-bat against Brandon Morrow before driving a liner down the right-field line that started the four-run inning.
"Those little things don't really show up. It's just a base hit to right field, but along the way he was fouling off some pitches and he got his hands on a ball out over the plate," Lovullo said. "He sacrificed the idea of going to the pull side or going up top for the home run. He just said, 'I'm going to take what this pitcher is giving me and get on base for my teammates,' and that's what he did. Those are the moments that we look for; those are the moments that we talk about here, handing it off to the next guy."
No three-peat: Right after the D-backs had scored four runs to take the lead in the seventh, things started promising for the Dodgers in the eighth with a leadoff single from Corey Seager. That brought Turner to the plate, but instead of a third homer that would have cut the D-backs lead to just one, Archie Bradley got him to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Bradley then got Cody Bellinger on a flyout to end the inning and yelled, "This is our house!" to a fired-up crowd and he marched off the field.
"You look up and see the blue in the stands, and this is our house, man," Bradley said. "I wanna win at home, and I wanna see Diamondback fans in the stands. I don't like seeing blue in the stands. It had nothing to do with the standings, had nothing to do with the playoff race. It had to do with tonight and our fans being better than theirs and us winning. I'm a competitor, and it was just the emotions coming out in me."
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"They are the pacesetters. They are the best team in baseball and we got win No. 1 of a crucial series, and we're very proud of that and we'll enjoy it and get ready for tomorrow." -- Lovullo, on beating the Dodgers
PUIG ADDS TO HIGHLIGHT REEL
After Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez gave up a homer to Lamb in the sixth and a rocket line-drive out to Paul Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez followed with a well-struck ball to right that seemed destined to leave the yard and tie the game at 3. Yasiel Puig, though, had other ideas, and he drifted back to the wall, timed his leap just right and reached above the fence to take a homer away from Martinez.
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UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The D-backs' David Peralta hit a soft grounder toward first in the seventh inning and Bellinger fielded it and flipped to Watson covering the bag. First-base umpire Alfonso Marquez ruled that Watson touched the bag before Peralta. Arizona challenged the call, but it would stand after a brief review. It mattered little, however, as that play preceded the intentional walk that brought Lamb to the plate for the game-winner.
Dodgers: The Dodgers will be closely watching Alex Wood, who starts the 6:40 p.m. PT middle game of the series Wednesday night. Wood complained of some fatigue after his most recent start, when he used his fewest number of fastballs of any start this year, and had his lowest average fastball velocity, according to Statcast™.
D-backs:Zack Greinke will take a 10-0 record at Chase Field into his 6:40 MST Wednesday night start against the Dodgers. Greinke is looking to become the first NL pitcher to start 11-0 at home since he did it in 2011 with the Brewers.
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