Dodgers rally late to beat D-backs, win 80th of season
PHOENIX (AP) — Yasiel Puig's two-out single drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Los Angeles held on for a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night, making the Dodgers the sixth team since 1913 to reach 80 wins in their first 113 games.
Puig's hit was the third off Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke in the seventh, after Greinke had allowed only one hit through six innings. Cody Bellinger homered, doubled and scored twice for the Dodgers.
Greinke (13-5) lost for the first time in 13 starts at home this season. He is 10-1 at Chase Field. He allowed three runs on four hits in 6 2-3 innings, but lost the lead by surrendering two runs in the seventh on Bellinger's double, a two-out double for Joc Pederson and Puig's single. Greinke struck out eight and walked four.
Dodgers starter Alex Wood pitched six innings for the win. Wood (14-1) allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
J.D. Martinez's two-out single in the sixth off Wood gave the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead, but it didn't last long. Paul Goldschmidt had homered high off the center field batter's eye in the fourth to tie the game at 1.
Bellinger, a native of nearby Chandler, Arizona, connected for his 33rd home run of the season in the second inning. The ball sailed well into the right-field seats above the Dodgers bullpen.
The Dodgers got strong relief from Josh Fields, who pitched two scoreless innings and got Goldschmidt to ground into an inning-ending double play in the eighth. All-Star closer Kenley Jansen, who hadn't pitched since Sunday in New York, closed out the game for his 29th save.
When Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley spoke to reporters Tuesday night about Chase Field being "our house," in reference to protecting the home field and his disdain for seeing so many Dodger fans in blue in the stands, it struck a chord with Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, who had similar thoughts about visiting team fans cheering Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook at a Suns home game.
Booker, in response, quoted a tweet from the Diamondbacks that contained Bradley's interview with a single word: "Respect."
"I'm all in favor of that," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said, asked about when Bradley screamed "This is our house!" as he walked off the mound to end the top of the eighth Tuesday. "If you didn't appreciate that moment and appreciate what was going on, then you're not a really true sports fan. Archie certainly displayed it exactly the way that we all wanted to."
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Recent Hall of Fame inductee Tim Raines threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's game, a strike down the middle.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (lower back strain) is scheduled for a bullpen session on Friday. ... OF Andre Ethier (back) took batting practice before Wednesday's game. He's been on the disabled list since before the season started but will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Manager Dave Roberts is aiming for a Sept. 1 activation for Ethier. ... LHP Julio Urias was in the clubhouse Wednesday. The top pitching prospect had season-ending left shoulder surgery in June after being sent back down to the minors, and Roberts said the team remains optimistic Urias will make a full recovery though there is no timetable for his return.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray, who is on the concussion disabled list, threw a 33-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday, and Lovullo called it "fantastic." His return date has yet to be determined.
Dodgers: Recently acquired LHP Yu Darvish (7-9) makes his second start for the Dodgers on Thursday against Arizona.
Diamondbacks: LHP Anthony Banda (1-1) will face the Dodgers on his 24th birthday, his third career start.