The Los Angeles Dodgers overcame sloppy defense in the first game of their doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks but were done in by four errors en route to a 5-2 loss in the nightcap at Dodger Stadium.
Tyler Anderson went six innings in his return from the paternity list without allowing an earned run. However, he still exited with the Dodgers trailing.
Manager Dave Roberts pushed back on the notion that the Dodgers were sloppy in the first game of the day, but after another lackluster defensive performance, it would be difficult to argue otherwise.
The Diamondbacks took a lead when Trea Turner’s throw to second base got by Gavin Lux and allowed a run to score rather than ending the second inning.
Anderson then didn’t help his cause any in the sixth inning by hitting the leadoff batter, followed by dropping a toss from Freddie Freeman at first base, and plunking another to load the bases.
More defensive trouble surfaced on Carson Kelly’s sacrifice fly as Mookie Betts’ throw to third base got past Max Muncy and Anderson, allowing a second run to score. Anderson also was charged for an error on his ill-advised throw to home plate.
The Dodgers’ four errors set a season high and were their most since committing that many on July 2, 2021, which still was a win on the road against the Washington Nationals.
Although it ultimately ended up falling short, the Dodgers’ comeback bid Tuesday night started in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run home run from Max Muncy.
That represented the first runs Diamondbacks rookie Drey Jameson allowed through the first 13 innings of his Major League career.
Arizona wound up getting that back on Ketel Marte’s solo homer in the seventh inning. That snapped Phil Bickford’s string of consecutive scoreless appearances at nine.
Reyes Moronta converted the save against his former teammates, only the second of his career.
Dodgers magic numbers for postseason
The Dodgers trimmed one off their magic number to clinch the best record in the National League, which now is five. Their magic number for home-field advantage through the World Series is nine.
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