The Dodgers benefited from a few timely hits and another outstanding outing by lefty Tyler Anderson to cruise past the Diamondbacks 3-1 on Sunday and secure the series sweep.
Los Angeles got on the board in the top of the second inning when Will Smith, in the DH spot, battled his way through a 12-pitch AB and launch a 398-foot solo shot into the pool in right field.
In the third, the Dodgers piled on a few more runs by playing a little small ball. Gavin Lux led of the inning with a single to left and Austin Barnes followed with a walk to begin the threat. Lux advanced to third on a Mookie Betts flyout and subsequently scored on a Freddie Freeman single.
Barnes eventually came around to score on Trea Turner’s groundout to third base groundout to extend the lead to three.
Arizona spoiled the shutout in the ninth when Craig Kimbrel hit Alek Thomas with a pitch and surrendered a triple to David Peralta two batters later. Although Kimbrel has been closing games successfully, it hasn’t been pretty by any means, as his season ERA and WHIP have ballooned to 4.50 and 1.36, respectively.
Regardless, Anderson went six full innings for the Dodgers, allowing no runs on five hits and a walk on 79 pitches. He struck out six.
David Price and Evan Philips paired to throw scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth.
Anderson’s record improved to 6-0, tying him for the MLB lead in wins with Justin Verlander and teammate Walker Buehler. Kimbrel’s save was his 10th of the year.
The Dodgers quickly return home for a series against the Pirates beginning on Memorial Day. Buehler gets the ball in the opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.
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