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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Game Recap: Gonzalez Homers In Third Straight

[new_royalslider id=”3″] The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers both were scoreless after their first at-bats of the game, though Zack Greinke’s opening frame was under more duress than Diamondbacks lefty Wade Miley’s.

Yasiel Puig walked but was quickly erased on a Matt Kemp double-play. Miley then got Hanley Ramirez to groundout to end the top half of the first. Tony Campana hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a Greinke wild pitch. Campana then reached third on an Aaron Hill sacrifice fly. Greinke appeared to be in a bit of trouble with Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado due up. The 30-year-old right-hander worked himself out of the jam however, getting back-to-back strikeouts.

Miley issued a leadoff walk to Adrian Gonzalez, who was the Dodgers’ only left-handed hitter in the lineup. Scott Van Slyke continued his hot-hitting against Miley, hitting a double off the left field wall, missing a home run by a few feet. The Dodgers wouldn’t wonder what could have been for long as Juan Uribe followed Van Slyke’s double with a two-RBI flare single into right field to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

Greinke sat the Diamondbacks down in order in the bottom of the second and the Dodgers added to their lead in the third. Puig singled to center and following a Matt Kemp line out, took second on a wild pitch. Gonzalez drove Puig in with an opposite field two-run home run, which extended the first baseman’s hitting streak to eight games.

Trailing 4-0, Hill tried to ignite a two-out rally with a double off the center field wall that moved Wiley, who had singled, to third. Goldschmidt stepped in again with an opportunity to add to his RBI total. Greinke fell behind in the count to the power hitter, 3-0, but worked his way back to a full count and got Goldschmidt to pop out to first, ending the inning.

Justin Turner led off the fourth with a double and later scored on a two-out Puig single, which increased the Dodgers’ lead to 5-0. The Diamondbacks broke their scoreless streak in the fifth behind an A.J. Pollock pinch-hit solo home run. Goldschmidt hit a two-out double down the left field line and Prado put runners on the corners with a single. Greinke then struck out Miguel Montero to limit the Diamondbacks to the one run.

Oliver Perez took over for Miley in the sixth and fell victim to a Prado error. With two outs and Drew Butera standing on second base, Prado back peddled on a chopper hit by and the ball skipped under his glove, allowing to Butera to score. Greinke started the home half of the sixth, but his evening was done after striking out Mark Trumbo for the first out. Paco Rodriguez came on in relief and finished out the inning.

Perez’ night of work was similarly done in the seventh, as he gave way to Brad Ziegler after recording one out. The submarine throwing right-hander quickly retired Van Slyke and Uribe to end the inning. Chris Withrow added to the Diamondbacks’ woes by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh.

J.J. Putz loaded the bases and walked in a run in what was a 34-pitch eighth inning for the reliever. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson then replaced Putz with Joe Thatcher, who struck out Gonzalez to end the inning. With a comfortable 7-1 lead, Paul Maholm was called on to pitch in the eighth. The left-hander allowed a two-out, run-scoring single to Cliff Pennington that got the Diamondbacks to within 7-2.

The Dodgers tacked on another run in the ninth on an Andre Ethier RBI groundout with the bases loaded. Mattingly summoned his fourth reliever of the game, Brandon League, to get the final outs of the game. It was somewhat of an adventure for League, as the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one out. Montero drove a run in on a sacrifice fly, which was followed by a Trumbo double that plated two more. With two outs and the Dodgers lead cut to 8-5, Kenley Jansen replaced League and got the final out for the Dodgers’ 8-5 win.

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