Yasiel Puig tied a career-high with four hits, including a three-run home run, and scored the winning run on Howie Kendrick's walk-off single in the ninth inning, giving the Dodgers a 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks in a high scoring affair on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium to complete the three-game sweep.
After Puig walked with one out in the ninth inning, Daniel Hudson walked Adrian Gonzalez too, setting up Kendrick, who laced a single to right field, allowing Puig to score the winner without a throw.
Puig singled in the first, hit a three-run shot in the second and doubled in the fourth inning to knock out Arizona starter Jeremy Hellickson. a Puig added a single in the seventh for his first four-hit game of the season, and seventh of his career.
Puig's walk in the ninth inning also tied a career high, reaching base five times for the fourth time in his career.
Since returning from the disabled list on Saturday, Puig is 9-for-15 (.600) with three doubles and a home run in four games, scoring five runs and driving in three.
Joc Pederson kept the game from being even more high-scoring, robbing Yasmany Tomas of a three-run home run in the third inning with a spectacular catch. That helped preserve what at the time was a 4-1 Dodgers lead that would grow to 5-1 before Arizona started clawing back.
Kenley Jansen entered the ninth with a 6-5 lead, but A.J. Pollock greeted him with a home run to left field to tie the game. It was the first run allowed in nine games this season for Jansen, who retired the next three batters for the win, including...
Goldschmidt the Great
Puig wasn't the only person with four hits on Wednesday night at Chavez Ravine. Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt continued to torment the Dodgers with two singles, a home run and a double, scoring twice and driving in two.
The home run was the 100th of Goldschmidt's career, and his 17th against the Dodgers, five more than he has hit against any other team. Goldschmidt in his career has 34 extra-base hits in 66 games against the Dodgers, hitting .335/.392/.599 with 54 RBI and 47 runs scored.
This season against Los Angeles, Goldschmidt is hitting .417 (15-for-36) with four home runs, three doubles and 10 RBI in nine games.
After Goldschmidt's single in the third inning, his second hit, Vin Scully said on the SportsNet LA broadcast, "The fans in Arizona just think he's the greatest, and they're not wrong."
Tomas hit the ball hard off Brett Anderson three times, a few feet or maybe even inches away from a huge night. He hit a ball off the base of the center field wall in the first inning to drive in a run, but because he hit it so hard and Pederson deftly played the carom Tomas was held to a single.
In the third inning he hit one just a bit further but Pederson robbed him of a three-run home run.
But in the fifth inning, Tomas pulled a ball that Pederson couldn't reach, over the wall in left center field to draw the Diamondbacks within a run.
That home run helped end Brett Anderson's night after five innings, with the left-hander allowing two home runs on the night, matching his total in his previous nine starts combined.
The Dodgers have swept the Diamondbacks in each of their last three visits to Los Angeles, and their nine straight home wins over Arizona is a team record, passing an eight-game streak from May 29 to Sept. 9, 2004.
By a nail
Juan Nicasio left after just three batters in the sixth inning, recording one out. He had a broken fingernail on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
Don Mattingly said that Juan Nicasio couldn't throw a breaking ball because of the torn fingernail. That's why he came out.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) June 11, 2015
The Dodgers take Thursday off, and then head to San Diego for a weekend series starting Friday night at Petco Park. a Clayton Kershaw starts the opener, while the Padres counter with Odrisamer Despaigne.
Home runs: Yasiel Puig (3), Yasmani Grandal (6); Paul Goldschmidt (17), Yasmany Tomas (2), A.J. Pollock (8)
WP - Kenley Jansen (1-0): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 strikeout
LP - Daniel Hudson (1-2): 1⅓ IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 2 walks