The D-backs scored twice in the third inning to take the lead. Chris Iannetta clubbed his first home-run of the season, and Jake Lamb drew a bases-loaded walk with one out to make it 2-0. However, Arizona couldn’t take further advantage, despite the early exit of the Dodgers’ starter, for a second straight game, and squandered opportunities to score in the second and sixth. Paul Goldschmidt added an insurance run in the seventh with an RBI single. He, Chris Owings and Yasmany Tomas each had two hits, with Lamb picking up a pair of walks.
Fortunately, Taijuan Walker and Archie Bradley were getting it done. Walker allowed one run over five innings - he allowed four hits and a walk, striking out seven. Bradley followed with 2.2 scoreless frames, and Jorge De La Rosa retired Adrian Gonzalez representing the tying run at the plate in the eighth. That brought in Fernando Rodney for the ninth, after getting incinerated by Los Angeles yesterday. Fortunately, rather than a homer off the bat off the Puig, it was a game-ending double-play. Arizona goes into tomorrow’s finale, still with a chance to split the four-game series.
Mr. Butterworth will be along in a bit, with the full guest recap.