The Dodgers held a 4-0 lead at one point but six different Dodgers relievers combined for an implosion in a 10-6 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The Dodgers saw their seven-game winning streak against the Diamondbacks snapped.
Mike Bolsinger was sharp on the mound with four strikeouts and no walks in four scoreless innings, allowing only three singles. But unfortunately he was shaky just about about everywhere else, leaving the game with flu-like symptoms after four innings.
While he had the runs, the Dodgers bullpen took turns giving them up.
The Dodgers bullpen allowed nine runs in 42⅔ innings over the previous 15 games before allowing 10 runs in four innings on Monday.
It was kind of amazing, really. No matter which Dodgers pitcher was called upon by Don Mattingly, all with recent success, every single one failed to get the job done.
The winning runs came in the eighth inning against Pedro Baez, who allowed four runs on two hits and two walks while recording three outs, also not helping his cause with a throwing error. J.P. Howell allowed two walks and a single to Paul Goldschmidt, bringing home his two inherited runners.
Arizona scored two runs in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh, then scored four in the eighth inning to snatch a game the Dodgers let get out of their grasp.
Diamondbacks starter Allen Webster was not long for this game when 14 of his first 17 pitches in the first inning were outside of the strike zone. But despite loading the bases with nobody out, the Dodgers managed only one run against the right-hander in the opening frame.
The Dodgers threatened in both the second and third innings, but that first inning run was it until the fourth inning, when the Dodgers unloaded for three solo home runs against Webster, by Andre Ethier, Yasmani Grandal, then two outs later by Joc Pederson. The inning saw the Dodgers reach six players with double-digit home runs before the All-Star break, the third time in franchise history they have done that.
It also gave Pederson 20 home runs on the year, with only two rookies in National League history hitting more before July 1.
A walk and a single followed, and Webster was unable to finish the inning. But the Dodgers were unable to tack on any more runs.against him.
Joel Peralta pitched the fifth inning, and after allowing a single to Chris Owings threw a curve ball nowhere near as sharp as Bolsinger's, and Nick Ahmed deposited the hanger into the left field seats to cut the Dodgers lead in half.
Yimi Garcia pitched the sixth, and though he reached 49 strikeouts on the season, putting him on pace for 102 strikeouts on the season (there have only been 12 seasons with Dodgers pitchers striking out triple digits in relief). But he also allowed a two-run home run to Yasmany Tomas, tying the game at 4-4.
The ball was clearly interfered with by a fan who reached over the left field wall but somehow was still upheld on instant replay.
Fan reaching out over the wall and the margin the ball cleared the wall by. I mean, how does it make sense? pic.twitter.com/1QEFqtf4lW— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) June 30, 2015
It was the sixth home run allowed this season by Garcia. The rest of the bullpen has allowed 10 home runs.
Adrian Gonzalez opened the seventh inning with a walk, then one out later advanced to third on a double by Ethier. A walk to Grandal loaded the bases, setting the stage for Jimmy Rollins, who has a five-game hitting streak and is 11-for-36 (.305) with five RBI in his last nine games.
Grandal was thrown out at third base on the two-run single, which fits a pattern for the Dodgers, one of the worst baserunning teams in baseball in 2015. It also followed a Monday theme of making the game much harder than it had to be.
Staked two a two-run lead, Juan Nicasio seemed to stem the tide in the seventh with two quick outs, but a pair of singles ended his night. Adam Liberatore was brought in to face the left-handed David Peralta, who tripled both home to tie the score yet again.
Grandal homered as a left-hander in the fourth inning, and singled in the fifth inning as a right-hander. It was the third game this season in which Grandal got hits from both sides of the plate. He also did so April 12 vs. Arizona and May 4 vs. Milwaukee.
The Dodgers turn to Carlos Frias for Tuesday's middle game of the series, trying to secure a .500 record in June. The Diamondbacks will call on a second straight old friend, with Rubby De La Rosa facing the Dodgers for a third time this season.
Home runs: Andre Ethier (10), Yasmani Grandal (11), Joc Pederson (20); Nick Ahmed (5); Yasmany Tomas (4)
WP - Enrique Burgos (1-2): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 strikeout
LP - Pedro Baez (1-1): 1 IP, 2 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout