Josh Beckett took the mound Sunday with the Los Angeles Dodgers hoping to get another win that would mean a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Beckett retired the first two hitters of the game, then allowed a home run to Paul Goldschmidt and the Dodgers were once again in an early hole. Hanley Ramirez nearly hit a home run down the left field line but it was ruled a foul ball, the call was held up on a review and Ramirez would fly out to left. Yasiel Puig singled with two outs and was thrown out attempting to steal second base.
Following an Adrian Gonzalez walk and Matt Kemp tapper out in front of the plate, Scott Van Slyke hit a ball that skipped off Didi Gregorious’ glove to put runners on the corners with one out. Jamie Romak then tied the game with an RBI groundout to second.
The Diamondbacks wouldn’t get even a baserunner in the third and fourth innings as Beckett increased his strikeout total to four. Puig reached on an infield single in the fourth that Goldschmidt lost in the sun and Kemp later hit a single to put two on with one out. Neither Van Slyke or Romak were able to drive a runner in and the game remained tied.
Beckett retired 12 straight until David Peralta’s two-out double in the fifth inning. Peralta then stole his first base of the season and it cost the Dodgers as he came around to score on a wild pitch and the Diamondbacks took a 2-1 lead. Cody Ross singled down the right field line and attempted to stretch it into a double but was gunned down to end the inning.
The Dodgers only managed a single in both the fifth and sixth innings as they continued to trail the Diamondbacks. Miguel Montero reached on an infield single in the seventh as Gonzalez began to pursuit the ball before giving way to Dee Gordon.
Aaron Hill followed with single and Montero aggressively took third base, which allowed Hill to advance to second on the throw. With the infield playing in on the grass, Gordon was unable to come up with a one-hopper and two runs scored.
Oliver Perez stayed on in the bottom of the seventh for his second inning of work and faced some trouble as Romak reached on an error and Drew Butera walked. Justin Turner pinch-hit for Beckett and hit a double that scored a run but also resulted in Butera getting thrown out at third as he tried to make his way back after being held up by third base coach Lorenzo Bundy.
Perez then hit Gordon with a pitch on an 0-2 count to put two runners on for Ramirez and the left-handed reliever’s day came to an end. Evan Marshall got Ramirez swinging and Puig weakly hit back to the box for the third out.
Gonzalez hit a leadoff single in the eighth off Brad Ziegler, which was followed by a Kemp walk. Van Slyke hit into a fielder’s choice and reached safely on an errant throw that allowed Kemp to take third. The opportunity to score would be squandered yet again as Roamk hit into an inning-ending double play.
Chris Perez surrendered a home run to Montero that extended the Diamondbacks’ lead to 6-2. Jamey Wright relieved Perez after the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one out. Wright got Tony Campana to hit into a fielder’s choice and Gregorious to tap out in front of the plate.
Addison Reed allowed a single to pinch-hitter Andre Ethier and an RBI double to Ramirez that got the Dodgers within 6-3 in the ninth. With a runner on, Reed ended the game by getting Puig to fly out as the Diamondbacks avoided being swept.
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