Capitalizing upon the poor pitching of starter Walker Buehler and reliever Pedro Baez, the Diamondbacks used a seven-run fourth inning to take control of the series’ final game on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a potent Dodgers offense at the end of the game from claiming another victory.
Powered by a two-run double off the bat of A.J. Pollock, the Dodgers rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to reclaim the lead and capture the win, 8-7. In the process, the Dodgers won their 2019 opening series three games to one, outscoring Arizona by a whopping total of 42 runs to 22.
The 42 runs were the most by the Dodgers during a four-game stretch in team history.
The Dodgers led Sunday’s contest early after Joc Pederson scored on an Enrique Hernandez sacrifice fly to center field in the bottom of the first. One batter later, Alex Verdugo sliced a double to the center field alley, scoring both Pollock and Cody Bellinger.
Leading 3-0 at the end of the first frame, the Dodgers appeared to have the upper-hand.
Los Angeles stretched the lead to four in the third when Bellinger slugged his team-leading fourth long ball of the season to center field. Bellinger went 3-for-5 on the afternoon, increasing his season average to an even .500.
The game fell apart for Buehler in the fourth inning when the Diamondbacks laced two run-scoring singles off the bats of David Peralta and Ketel Marte. With Baez relieving later in the frame, Nick Ahmed connected on a double to right field, plating both Marte and Jake Lamb. To top off the Arizona rally, Baez surrendered a two-run homer to his counterpart—pitcher Luke Weaver—breaking the game open for the Snakes.
After 3-1/2 innings, Arizona led 7-4.
With a perfect fifth inning, lefty Scott Alexander settled the Arizona offense down, putting the Los ANgeles pitching staff back on track.
In the bottom of eighth frame, Pollock delivered yet another clutch hit in his early days as a Dodger, this time a double down the right-field line, scoring Bellinger and pinch-hitter Justin Turner. Pollock later came home on a Max Muncy sacrifice fly to center, giving Los Angeles the lead for good, 8-7.
Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning to notch his first save of the season.
Floro registered the victory. Yoshihisa Hirano took the loss for Arizona.
Continuing the homestand, up next for the Dodgers is a three-game series with division rival San Francisco beginning on Tuesday.