Alex Wood followed up his best start as a Dodger — seven scoreless innings last Saturday in San Diego — with his worst, allowing four runs in the first inning, then two more runs before exiting with two outs in the second. Wood, who allowed home runs to Welington Castillo and Paul Goldschmidt, saw two more runs charged to his ledger after he departed thanks to men he left on base.
Wood is the first Dodgers starting pitcher this season to allow more runs (eight) than outs recorded (five), and the first to do so since Carlos Frias allowed eight runs and 10 hits while recording just two outs at Coors Field on Sept. 17, 2014.
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When I saw Castillo hitting cleanup I did a double-take but that made me look up his numbers this season. The 28-year-old catcher, acquired from Seattle in the Mark Trumbo trade, is enjoying his finest season, hitting .256/.321/.530 with 19 home runs. But even more impressively, Castillo has hit 17 of those 19 home runs in just 66 games with Arizona, including his three-run shot in the first inning.
Castillo's 17 home runs as a catcher with Arizona leads the National League, two more than both Yasmani Grandal and Miguel Montero.
Hot corner Barnes
Another catcher, Austin Barnes, entered the game in the sixth inning for the Dodgers, but it wasn't behind the plate. Barnes played the final three innings at third base, his first time in the field without wearing a mask since joining the Dodgers organization.
Barnes becomes the 25th player in Dodgers franchise history to catch and play third base in the same season, and the first since Russell Martin in 2009.
The versatile Barnes last played third base for Double-A Jacksonville in 2014, with 15 games at the position. He also played 150 games at second base in the minors from 2011-2014.
Ray of light
The Diamondbacks lost each of the last seven games started by Robbie Ray, before Friday that is, thanks in part to 10 total runs scored in those seven games. Arizona reached 10 runs by the second inning on Friday.
Ray didn't need nearly that much support, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Seager's hot start
Corey Seager started his fourth straight game at shortstop on Friday night, and he singled and walked thrice in his four plate appearances. Seager has at least one hit in all seven of his major league starts, and now has five walks in eight major league games.
In Double-A this season, Seager had five walks in 20 games before he was promoted. In Triple-A, Seager's sixth walk came in his 24th game.
Seager is the first Dodger to reach base four times in a game within his first eight career games since Andy LaRoche on May 9, 2007.
The Dodgers didn't have a run until two outs in the ninth inning, when Justin Ruggiano hit a two-out grand slam, cutting the deficit to a mere eight runs. Ruggiano, acquired on Aug. 31 from Seattle, has three home runs and 10 RBI in 17 plate appearances with the Dodgers.
Bad luck for Guerrero
By the time the pitcher's spot in the batting order first came up for the Dodgers, they were already on their second pitcher. But reliever Pedro Baez, the former third baseman, didn't get to make his first major league plate appearance. Instead, Alex Guerrero pinch hit and beat out a grounder to third for an infield single.
It was the first hit for Guerrero since Aug. 15, which snapped an 0-for-11 skid. But he pulled up lame as he reached first base and had to leave the game with a strained left calf.
Guerrero will have an MRI exam tomorrow.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 12, 2015
With the loss and the Giants' win over the Padres, the Dodgers saw their National League West lead reduced to 7½ games. Friday was the first time since Aug. 21 that the Dodgers lost ground in the standings to San Francisco.
Saturday is an old friend-off, with Mike Bolsinger getting the start for the Dodgers against his original team, and Rubby De La Rosa starts for Arizona against his old squad in a 5:10 p.m. PT start in the middle game of the series.
Home runs: Justin Ruggiano (5); Welington Castillo (19),(28)
WP - Robbie Ray (4-11): 5 IP, 2 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
LP - Alex Wood (10-10): 1⅔ IP, 8 hits, 8 runs (6 earned), 1 walk, 1 strikeout