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Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 3

A combination of home-runs and taking advantage of Dodger blunders proved helpful this afternoon, as the Diamondbacks avoided the sweep in Los Angeles.

Stephen Dunn

Arizona jumped out in front on Paul Goldschmidt's 15th home-run of the year, but the Dodgers tied things up in the second. That, however, would be all that Bronson Arroyo would allow, despite this an afternoon where the arm issues reported after his last start, seemed to be even more problematic. Arroyo topped out at about 85 mph, low even by his standards, and he was lifted after only 78 pitches. But his guile was good enough to limit the Dodgers to five hits and a walk, though he only struck out one batter, his opposite number on the mound.

Aggressive base-running gave the Diamondbacks the lead in the fifth, David Peralta doubling, stealing third and coming home on a wild pitch. We then added two more on a fielding error by Dee Gordon, that helped two runs cross home plate, and Miguel Montero's tenth home-run of the season made it taco time in the top of the ninth. Those were very soothing insurance runs, as our bullpen was again wobbly, from the time Oliver Perez was sent out for a second inning. The last three frames had four hits, two walks, a hit batter, Dodger TOOTBLAN, two runs, Ziegler Ziegling and Evan Marshall continuing to impress.

It's back to Chase for the D-backs and what could be a tough home-stand against the Brewers, Giants and Indians. ShucksBoWalter will be along with the guest recap shortly.