Diamondbacks Strike Early, Hand Dodgers 4th Consecutive Loss

Diamondbacks Strike Early, Hand Dodgers 4th Consecutive Loss

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks trounced a Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed starter for a second time in as many games and held on for a 6-4 win. Each Diamondbacks starter, including pitcher Robbie Ray, had at least one hit.

Ray tied for the team lead with two hits on the night, which matched the total he held the Dodgers to through five innings. In his fourth start against Los Angeles this season, the southpaw took a no-hitter into the third inning.

The Dodgers’ only baserunner to that point was a Logan Forsythe one-out walk in the second. Ray collected six strikeouts before allowing a two-out single to Chris Taylor in the third. It wasn’t until Justin Turner’s single in the sixth that the Dodgers could lay claim to outhitting Ray.

Ray finished with 10 strikeouts and seven baserunners allowed (four hits, two walks, one hit by pitch) over seven innings to help lead the Diamondbacks to a series win. His shutout effort was broken up on Curtis Granderson’s home run in the seventh.

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s night quickly went south as he surrendered a one-out home run to Adam Rosales in the first inning. Following a walk of A.J. Pollock, Paul Goldschmidt turned on an 89 mph fastball down the middle for a line-drive homer to left field.

Ryu worked around a base hit and error in the second inning, but J.D. Martinez’s two-out walk in the third led to a run. Chris Taylor mistimed his jump at the wall in center field, resulting in an RBI double for Brandon Drury.

Chris Herrmann’s leadoff home run in the fourth and Pollock’s RBI single with two outs extended the Diamondbacks’ lead to 6-0. That was it for Ryu, who failed to make it through at least five innings for the first time since June 11 — a stretch of 11 starts.

Andrew Chafin was the second Diamondbacks reliever to enter the game and he immediately ran into trouble in the seventh inning. Chafin’s first pitch hit Cody Bellinger, then he walked Logan Forsythe to load the bases.

Chafin was removed after allowing a two-run single to Yasiel Puig that cut the Diamondbacks’ lead in half. The Dodgers then loaded the bases on Archie Bradley, who walked in a run with one out. He escaped the jam by striking out Chase Utley and retiring pinch-hitter Corey Seager.

One night after allowing a run and throwing 31 pitches, Fernando Rodney retired the side in order to earn the save.

The four-game losing streak is a first for the Dodgers this season, and they’re the final team to suffer such a fate in 2017. They’ve also dropped back-to-back series for the first time since April 7-13, when they lost two of three games to the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs.

Conversely, the Diamondbacks extended their winning streak to six games.