The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a tough loss on Wednesday and will travel to Arizona on Thursday ahead of a three-game set with the Diamondbacks that begins Friday. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks played a handful of hotly contested games last season, complete with a brawl and Dodgers celebration in the pool at Chase Field after clinching the NL West title.
Nearly one month after the benches-clearing brawl at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks met again in the second week of July, this time in Arizona. The Dodgers were at the end of a nine-game road trip and were in the midst of their turnaround, which was sparked by Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig.
Ramirez gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning with a double that scored Mark Ellis and Puig. With the Dodgers trailing by one run, Ramirez singled in the ninth to put Jerry Hairston, Jr. in scoring position, who then scored on an A.J. Ellis single to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
The two teams would remain scoreless when Ramirez stepped in to face Josh Collmenter, who had been on the mound since the 10th inning. Collmenter got Ramirez to pop-out in the 11th, but the clutch-hitting shortstop got the last laugh, shooting an outside fastball over the right field fence for a line-drive home run that gave the Dodgers a 6-5 lead. Ellis followed with his own solo shot and Kenley Jansen closed the game in the bottom of the 14th to give the Dodgers the 7-5 win and sweep of the Diamondbacks.
The win got the Dodgers back to .500 and pulled them within 1.5 games back of the Diamondbacks as the Boys in Blue continued their hot play into July and August.
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