LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Los Angeles Dodgers offense seemed to come to life in the bottom of the ninth inning as a single and three straight walks lead to a run. Corey Seager singled to tie the game. Fernando Rodney (3-3) clearly did not have his stuff tonight. He left the game failing to record a single out, leaving the bases loaded. T.J. McFarland replaced Rodney and Chris Taylor of the Dodgers took advantage of the opportunity to play hero with a single to left, scoring Logan Forsythe to win the game, and sweep the series at Dodger Stadium in front of 41,999 in attendance.
Arizona Diamondbacks (52-34) manager Torey Lovullo talked about the loss, “It’s certainly a tough loss to absorb. We’re still smarting from it. Probably gonna be something that will stick with us for the next couple of hours ’til we get back home to Arizona. We got to find away to turn the page, figure out what happened and make sure we’re ready for a tough game tomorrow. That’s how we’ve done it all year long. The Dodgers beat us. They beat us today. They beat us fair and square.”
Coming off consecutive losses to the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks looked to Robbie Ray to right the ship, and get back to the winning ways.
Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts talked with media on Robbie Ray. “We saw Ray only one time. He has a good live fastball. His fastball is explosive. Ray attacks the zone. At this point, he trusts his secondary pitches.”
If the game were won on stats alone, then Arizona would win with a 13 strikeout performance from Robbie Ray. He was dominating from the first inning with strikeouts of the first two hitters. Clearly, a tone was set by Ray with four of his six innings having multiple strikeouts.
The 13 strikeouts on the night tied a career high that was previously done on August 20, 2016 against the Padres.
In the sixth inning, Ray got himself in a bases-loaded jam and managed to get out of it. He talked about that, “(Mike) Butcher comes out and told me work your magic. I came at it with my best stuff, and I came away on top. Any chance you get to shut up that many fans is great.”
In the first inning, Ray had a 24 pitch inning, the most of any inning on the night. He commented on that, “It was just a little bit around the zone. Not really commanding my fastball that well, later in the game I was able to find it. “
As for the middle innings, “Just to be able to keep us in that game. I feel like I made one mistake all night with the curve ball. To be able to come out and still be in the ball game like that and for us to battle like that was good,” said Ray.
Ray on the night allowed five hits, and four walks to go along with the strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches and 68 for strikes. He continues to excel on the road with a 4-1 record and a 1.34 ERA.
Lovullo was impressed with his starters’ performance, “I thought Robbie Ray threw the ball extremely well. Robbie was outstanding. That sixth inning in particular was a pretty stand-up moment for him. I thought it showed exactly what he’s done for us all year long. He got in a little bit of a mini jam. He got two big strikeouts to get himself out of that mess. Robbie Ray has done that all year long for us. It was a great moment for him. It was a great moment for the dugout. I think it gave us a great push for those later innings.”
Offensively, Arizona was led by All-Star Jake Lamb with two home runs, his 19th in the fifth inning and 20th in the eighth inning. Both home runs were against left-handed pitching, giving the Diamondbacks the lead. Also, he was the only one that had a multi-hit game.
The multi-home run game was the second of his career with the first coming on May 19, against the Padres.
Continuing in the eighth inning, Ketel Marte added insurance with his first home run of the season, extending the lead to 3-1.
In the top of the ninth inning, a balk charged to Josh Fields would give the Diamondbacks another run, extending the lead to 4-1.
Los Angeles (58-29) offense was led by the hero of the game Taylor with his four-hit performance.
Rich Hill, making his 12th start of the season had a strong outing pitching seven innings with nine strikeouts. Like Ray, Hill did not factor in the decision.
Next up, the Diamondbacks open a three-game series with the Reds tomorrow at Chase Field with first pitch at 6:40 PM MST