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Dodgers' big inning, McCarthy gem sink D-backs

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PHOENIX -- The Dodgers avoided a series sweep Sunday, scoring six runs in the fifth inning of a 6-2 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.

Adrian Gonzalez doubled in two runs and Yasmani Grandal slugged a two-run homer in support of winning starter Brandon McCarthy (3-0), who recovered after Paul Goldschmidt's two-run homer in the first to pitch seven strong innings and give the weary Dodgers bullpen a break. It was the first time McCarthy went seven innings since 2015 Tommy John surgery.

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PHOENIX -- The Dodgers avoided a series sweep Sunday, scoring six runs in the fifth inning of a 6-2 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.

Adrian Gonzalez doubled in two runs and Yasmani Grandal slugged a two-run homer in support of winning starter Brandon McCarthy (3-0), who recovered after Paul Goldschmidt's two-run homer in the first to pitch seven strong innings and give the weary Dodgers bullpen a break. It was the first time McCarthy went seven innings since 2015 Tommy John surgery.

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Goldschmidt emerging from slump

Video: LAD@ARI: Goldschmidt hammers two-run homer to left

"It starts with the starting pitcher," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, whose club had lost five of six. "Brandon was pounding the zone, changing speeds, keeping the infield involved. It's exactly what we needed."

Video: LAD@ARI: McCarthy fans six over seven solid innings

Arizona starter Shelby Miller walked five in four-plus innings and left the game with right forearm tightness. He's scheduled for an MRI on Monday. Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson left the game in the sixth inning with right groin tightness and is day to day.

Video: LAD@ARI: Pederson leaves game with hamstring injury

"Overall, we're very pleased with what we did," said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo, whose club took the first two games of the three-game weekend series. "The Dodgers come in here expecting to win games. Our guys set a very nice tone over the last couple of days. Yes, we're happy we won the series, but we want to win every game. In today's game, we had a 2-0 lead and couldn't maintain it."

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Not Miller time: Miller had already walked five and given up a two-run lead when he left, but things went south for Arizona when Randall Delgado took over. He was greeted by a single from Justin Turner, a double by Gonzalez and Grandal's homer before getting an out.

Video: LAD@ARI: Gonzalez rocks two-run double to center

Wake-up call: Gonzalez hasn't shown power this month (.298 slugging percentage coming into the game), but his bat woke up some on Sunday. Although his first-inning double was a blooper, he drove a second double in the fifth inning to the left-field fence that Daniel Descalso couldn't catch for two RBIs in the six-run rally. He has 18 doubles and 21 homers in 87 career games at Chase Field.

"Everything has been a work in progress," said Gonzalez, who has batled forearm tendinitis since Spring Training started. "I've been hitting a lot of balls on the ground that have been outs. For me, it's to hit the ball in the air. Thank God everything's healing and I'm starting to feel better."

WHAT'S NEXT
Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Ryu starts Monday night at 7:15 p.m. PT to open a series vs. the Giants at AT&T Park. He's coming off two years on the shelf and showing the rust, with a 5.87 ERA and six homers allowed in 15 1/3 innings. He's 4-2 in his career at AT&T Park.

D-backs:The Padres are in Chase Field next for a four-game set of night games this week, with the opener on Monday night at 6:40 p.m. PT. It's Zack Greinke for the D-backs against Jhoulys Chacin for the Padres, who took two out of three over Arizona last week at Petco Park.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.