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LOS ANGELES -- They left Dodger Stadium a bit bruised, having been beaten three straight, but the D-backs remained defiant after Thursday night's crushing 5-4 loss, which saw the Dodgers score four times in the bottom of the ninth.

"They won the series, but we're not going to lay down," said D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray, who tied a career high with 13 strikeouts.

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LOS ANGELES -- They left Dodger Stadium a bit bruised, having been beaten three straight, but the D-backs remained defiant after Thursday night's crushing 5-4 loss, which saw the Dodgers score four times in the bottom of the ninth.

"They won the series, but we're not going to lay down," said D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray, who tied a career high with 13 strikeouts.

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There's no question the Dodgers made a statement in this series, extending their lead over the second-place D-backs to season-high 5 1/2 games. And there's also no doubt that it hurt.

"It's certainly a tough loss to absorb, and we're still smarting from it," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "It's going to be something that'll probably stick with us for the next couple of hours until we get back home to Arizona. We've got to find a way to turn the page and figure out what happened and make sure we're ready for a very tough game tomorrow. That's how we've done it all year long."

Video: ARI@LAD: Taylor laces a walk-off single to left

It was the first time the D-backs had been swept in a three-game series this season.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts rubbed some salt into the wound postgame.

"From Day 1, we knew we were the best club; it's just a matter of going out and playing," said Roberts.

After losing the first two games of the series by a total of two runs, the D-backs thought they were going to be able to salvage the finale when they took a 4-1 lead into the ninth with closer Fernando Rodney on the mound.

Rodney struggled with command of his fastball, and the Dodgers took advantage.

Video: ARI@LAD: Rodney on losing control in 9th inning

"The Dodgers beat us fair and square," Lovullo said. "They beat us three games. That wasn't what we were expecting coming in here. We played good baseball. We just didn't play good enough. We're aware of what happened in the standings. It's still too early for me to really predict anything. If this was Sept. 30, I might say something differently. There's a lot of baseball to be played."

The D-backs have been good about moving on from tough losses this season, and now they will turn their attention to a three-game series with the Reds that begins Friday night at Chase Field.

"This one hurts, obviously, but we just have to view it as one series," said D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb, who hit a pair of homers Thursday. "It's July. That's not to say that we didn't care about this series, but it's in the past now and we've got the Reds for three and then we've got the All-Star break. That's all we can control, being ready for the Reds tomorrow."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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