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D-backs wait out Dodgers with 9-run eighth

Arizona takes control with six-hit, five-walk inning
April 22, 2017

PHOENIX -- Sergio Romo balked in the tiebreaking run during a five-walk, nine-run bullpen meltdown in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night as the D-backs overwhelmed the Dodgers at Chase Field, 13-5, despite three hits and three RBIs by Corey Seager."It was quite a day, highlighted by a

PHOENIX -- Sergio Romo balked in the tiebreaking run during a five-walk, nine-run bullpen meltdown in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night as the D-backs overwhelmed the Dodgers at Chase Field, 13-5, despite three hits and three RBIs by Corey Seager.
"It was quite a day, highlighted by a very impressive eighth inning," said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo after his club ran its record to 11-7. "I thought that the at-bats that were inside of that one inning were patient. It was exactly what we've talked about, handing it over to the next guy and letting him execute."
Chris Taylor put the Dodgers in front, 5-4, with his first career pinch-hit homer in the seventh, but a bases-loaded walk by Luis Avilan to Daniel Descalso in the eighth tied the game again, and Romo was called for his first Major League balk to bring in the go-ahead run. Paul Goldschmidt then singled in two runs, Yasmany Tomas doubled in two, Chris Iannetta singled in two and Descalso doubled in another. Romo was charged with five earned runs, while the D-backs set a club scoring record for a game against the Dodgers.

"It was very uncharacteristic of us," manager Dave Roberts said of the Dodgers bullpen, which had allowed only eight earned runs in the first 16 games. "To get beat like this is always tough. We've got to turn the page quickly."
Seager followed a single by Joc Pederson leading off the game with his third homer, barreling a blast to center estimated by Statcast™ at 422 feet with an exit velocity of 95.3 mph. A.J. Pollock, who had three hits, answered by leading off the bottom of the first inning with an estimated 397-foot shot onto the swimming pool deck. Back-to-back doubles by Pollock and Chris Owings in the second inning tied the game at 2.

Pederson and Seager combined again to break the tie off Arizona starter Taijuan Walker, Pederson hustling to leg out a double with two out in the fifth and Seager lashing the next pitch to center for the tiebreaking RBI. Arizona chased Alex Wood (starting in place of the injured Rich Hill) with Jake Lamb's two-run single in the bottom of the fifth for a 4-3 lead, but Yasmani Grandal doubled and Alvin Toles singled him home in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 4.
With their eighth comeback win, the D-backs are 7-1 at home this year, tied at this point in the season for the club record, set in 2008. More >

The five walks in an inning tied for the most by a Dodgers staff since at least 1974, according to the club. The nine runs allowed in the eighth were the most the Dodgers have allowed in an inning since a nine-run inning by Pittsburgh in 2015.
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Romo had not committed a balk since 2005 with Class A Salem-Keizer until plate umpire Mike Muchlinski called one on him with the score tied and the bases loaded. What followed was a nine-run bullpen meltdown that included five walks.
"It was blatant," Roberts said of Romo's flinch.

Just barely: Dodgers left fielder Toles took away extra bases, if not a home run, with a jumping catch at the top of the fence of Lamb's third-inning bid with two out and a runner on third base. Judging from Wood's body language, he thought the ball was going out.

"It was a weird one, the way it finished up. Stuff like that will happen once in a blue moon. Just a funky deal at the end." -- Wood
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The Dodgers challenged Goldschmidt's triple in the seventh inning, claiming that the ball was wedged between the warning track and the fence in center field. The call was overturned and Goldschmidt was sent to second with a ground-rule double.
"It's a new rule that can be reviewed," Lovullo said. "I just wanted to make sure that the ball was lodged, and they said they had a perfect view of it being lodged. The old rule was as soon as the fielder reached for it, it was considered a live ball. Now, when the fielder raises his arms, the pictures are so good that they can look at it and immediately determine if it's a dead ball."

Dodgers:Kenta Maeda gets the ball Saturday for the 5:10 p.m. PT game against the D-backs, a week after he allowed Arizona four runs on four hits in a four-inning no-decision. Maeda had an unusually long bullpen session (for him) this week, working on his breaking pitches.
D-backs: In the middle game of the three-game set, left-hander Robbie Ray will be on the mound in a 5:10 MST start at Chase Field. In his last start, Monday night at Los Angeles, Ray held the Dodgers to two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking four and striking out 10 in six innings of what turned out to be a 4-2 Arizona win.
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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for, writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball and covered the D-backs on Friday. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.