The Los Angeles Dodgers arrived in the desert nearly as hot as the temperature for their weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Although Los Angeles was coming off a loss, they entered Friday’s game winners in 13 of their last 16 games.
After Robbie Ray set the Dodgers down in order in the top of the first, Alex Wood’s night took a quick turn for the worse. A.J. Pollock hit a leadoff single and the Diamondbacks put two runners on as Paul Goldschmidt drew a one-out walk. Welington Castillo then cleared the bases with a towering three-run home run.
Following a Paul Gosselin single, Chris Ownings’ extended the Diamondbacks’ lead to 4-0 with an RBI triple. Owings was thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice and Wood struck out Ray to end the inning. Ray hit Van Slyke with a pitch and walked Corey Seager to put two on with one out in the second.
However, a potential RBI single off A.J. Ellis’ bat was instead a line drive caught by Goldschmidt for the start of an inning-ending double play as he stepped on first base after making the catch. The Diamondbacks continued to pound on Wood in the second inning, with Goldschmidt clubbing a two-run home run.
Gosselin reached on a two-out error as his grounder skipped off Peraza’s glove and rolled into right field. Owings’ base hit put runners on the corners and knocked Wood out of the game. Pedro Baez came on in relief and promptly gave up a two-run double to Yasmany Tomas.
Nick Ahmed tacked on a two-run homer to give the Diamondbacks a 10-0 lead before Baez managed to get out of the inning.
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