LOS ANGELES -- Jake Lamb led off the eighth inning with a tie-breaking home run and A.J. Pollock and David Peralta had four hits each as the D-backs rallied to beat the Dodgers, 4-2, Monday night for a split of their four-game series at Dodger Stadium.The D-backs had three batters
LOS ANGELES -- Jake Lamb led off the eighth inning with a tie-breaking home run and A.J. Pollock and David Peralta had four hits each as the D-backs rallied to beat the Dodgers, 4-2, Monday night for a split of their four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
The D-backs had three batters reach base in the first inning, but came away empty as Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal threw out two of them trying to steal second base.
"That was awesome, especially starting out the game," said Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy, a former D-back. "Some of them know me and know some of my tendencies."
The Dodgers scored an unearned run in the second inning on John Forsythe's sacrifice fly. The run was set up when second baseman Daniel Descalso dropped Paul Goldschmidt's throw while covering first base on McCarthy's sacrifice.
Enrique Hernandez led off the fourth inning by barreling a towering home run into the left-field box seats with a 106.8 mph exit velocity and 37-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™, to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. But Arizona tied it in the fifth on RBI singles by Pollock and Peralta off McCarthy, who struck out eight in five innings. Arizona starter Robbie Ray pitched six innings with 10 strikeouts, six consecutively. Fernando Rodney picked up his second save in as many days.
"It was a good win today, really good win," Pollock said. "The pitching has been outstanding."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
A taxed bullpen: Short starts by Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill left the Dodgers without a long reliever Monday night and when McCarthy lasted five innings, manager Dave Roberts turned to Chris Hatcher for multiple innings. Hatcher stranded two runners in the seventh inning, but Lamb crushed a first-pitch cutter in the eighth. Hatcher was charged with two runs in 2 2/3 innings with five strikeouts. More >
"I was looking to hit a fastball, and I got a fastball," Lamb said. "Hatcher obviously has a good heater. I was just looking to be aggressive early in the count."
The pitcher can hit: Ray, who came into the game 2-for-4 at the plate, had the first of three consecutive two-out singles for the D-backs in the fifth inning and scored one of their two runs that inning.
"That's huge," Ray said. "Like I've been saying, anytime you can help the team out on the other side of the ball is great. It felt good."
"Our lineup, one through nine, has quality ABs, a lot of guys that can get on base and do stuff. We're playing good baseball right now. It was nice to get those two wins." -- Lamb
The D-backs challenged an out call at first base in the fourth inning on Corey Seager's throw to nab Peralta. After a quick review, the call was confirmed.
D-backs: The D-backs open a three-game series against the Padres on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. MST at Petco Park. The series will cap a 10-game, three-city California swing for the D-backs, who will start Shelby Miller.
Dodgers:Hyun-Jin Ryu hasn't completed five innings in either of his two starts this year after two years of injuries. He gets another shot Tuesday night at the Rockies, who scored two runs off him on April 7. First pitch at Dodger Stadium is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT.
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