After the Arizona Diamondbacks broke through for their first win against the Los Angeles Dodgers this season on Friday, the Dodgers then engineered a come-from-behind win on Saturday, powered by timely hitting from Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp, and a solid outing from Dan Haren. Sunday pitted Josh Beckett against Josh Collmenter, who was making his second start this season.
Beckett and Collmenter both retired the side in order in the first, with Collmenter picking up two strikeouts. Miguel Montero led off the second with a single down the right field line and attempted to stretch it into a double but was gunned down by a strong throw from Yasiel Puig. Adrian Gonzalez hit a double in the bottom of the second, but the Dodgers were unable to drive him in and bot teams were scoreless heading to the third.
Beckett collected two more strikeouts in the top of the third and worked around a leadoff walk to Cliff Pennington and a catchers’ interference call with Paul Goldschmidt at the plate in the fourth to keep the Diamondbacks off the board. The heart of the Dodgers’ lineup failed to produce anything in their fourth inning at-bats.
Continuing with his strong outing, Beckett struck out two more Diamondbacks in the fifth, to move his total to seven on 83 pitches. Ethier got the Dodgers’ second hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth, but the Dodgers again failed to score a run as Tim Federowicz hit into an inning-ending double play. Jamey Wright took over for Beckett in the sixth, got Collmenter looking for strike three and induced ground balls off the bats of Gerardo Parra and Pennington to end the top of the inning.
Dee Gordon hit a one-out single in the home half of the sixth and scored on RBI triple by Carl Crawford. Similar to Saturday, once the Dodgers scored one run, the flood gates opened. Collmenter intentionally walked Gonzalez to face Puig with hopes of getting a double play. Instead, Puig crushed a three-run homer over the center field fence to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 4-0.
Goldschmidt hit a leadoff single to center in the seventh and after issuing a walk to Montero, Wright’s day was over. Chris Perez and Matt Kemp came on as part of a double switch. Perez recorded the first out of the inning on an Aaron Hill fly ball, but then allowed an RBI double to Eric Chavez. Perez then recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
Randall Delgado took over for the Diamondbacks in the seventh and retired the side in order. Perez got the first batter in the eighth and was then relieved by J.P. Howell. The left-hander struck out Parra and got a double play after issuing a walk. Joe Thatcher relieved Delgado in the eighth and there was nothing doing for the Dodgers, who went down in order.
With a 4-1 lead, Kenley Jansen entered the game looking for his second consecutive save. Jansen reared back to get Montero swinging on a 97 MPH fastball for the first out, and struck out the side by getting Hill and Chavez also swinging.
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