The Los Angeles Dodgers reached the end of their 10-game road trip Wednesday with an opportunity to finish with a series victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks and six overall wins on their venture away from Dodger Stadium.
Kiké Hernandez started the rubber match on the right foot for the Dodgers with a leadoff triple to right field. Howie Kendrick, in his newfound No. 2 spot, scored Hernandez on a sacrifice fly and the Dodgers took an early 1-0 lead.
Brett Anderson benefitted from baserunning blunders in his first inning of work. After Nick Ahmed led off by reaching on a high chopper hit in front of the mound, he was picked off first base. A.J. Pollock then dropped a flare single into shallow right field between a trio of Dodgers.
After Scott Van Slyke fielded the ball he threw over to A.J. Ellis at first base to back pick Pollock, who made a wide turn. Paul Goldschmidt drew a walk and avoided the same fate as his teammates, though it didn’t amount to anything as Yasmany Tomas grounded out to end the inning.
Robbie Ray threw a 1-2-3 second inning then watched as Anderson nearly gifted the Diamondbacks a two-out rally. Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a walk and the Dodger left-hander put two on with two outs when he plunked David Peralta. Fortunately for Anderson he was at the bottom of the order and retired Ray, keeping the Dodgers in the lead.
Ellis led off the third inning with a double that carried over Tomas’ head. Hernandez collected his second extra-base hit of the game with an RBI double down the left field line that pushed the Dodgers’ lead to 2-0. Howie Kendrick followed with an RBI single up the middle, and Justin Turner added an RBI double that hit high off the wall in center field.
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