After their bullpen faltered and blew multiple leads Monday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to get back on the winning side of things against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Rubby De La Rosa gave up a one-out double to Howie Kendrick in the first inning, but the second baseman was stranded on a Justin Turner strikeout and Adrian Gonzalez fly out to the warning track in left field. Carlos Frias handed out a pair of free passes in the bottom of the first, walking A.J. Pollock to open the inning and putting Paul Goldschmidt on one out.
However, Yasmany Tomas failed to deliver with a runner in scoring position as he grounded into an inning-ending double play. Following an Andre Ethier one-out base hit to center, Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run opposite field home run that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. It was the second home run in as many games for Grandal.
The Diamondbacks quickly cut into the Dodgers’ lead beginning with consecutive singles by Jake Lamb and Welington Castillo with no outs. Castillo’s allowed Lamb to go first to third, but Ethier threw out the catcher attempting to stretch his base hit to a double. Chris Owings’ sacrifice fly to left-center field scored Lamb.
Kendrick remained perfect on the night with a base hit in the third that stayed just fair inside first base. However as was the case in the first inning, Turner, striking out a second time, and Gonzalez, stranded Kendrick. De La Rosa reached on an infield single to third that required the Diamondbacks to challenge the initial out call.
David Peralta drew a walk to bring Goldschmidt to the plate with two on and one out. The Diamondbacks first baseman worked a full count before lining out to shallow center. Frias completed the high-wire act by getting Tomas to ground out, keeping the Dodgers lead at 2-1 through three innings.
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