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Dodgers drubbed by Diamondbacks, drop 4th straight

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The Dodgers didn't do much at all against Robbie Ray and friends, getting shutout by the Diamondbacks 8-0 on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium for their fourth straight loss, all at home.

With the loss, the Dodgers' magic number to clinch the National League West remained in a holding pattern at seven, and if the Giants hold their lead in San Diego the Dodgers' lead in the division will be down to six games.

Alex Wood was quite efficient for a second straight start, and for the third time in his last four starts, pitching into the seventh inning and allowing only three hits.

One of the hits was a double by Nick Ahmed to start the fourth inning, and two ground ball outs got him home for a 1-0 Arizona lead. Another was in the seventh, when A.J. Pollock drove a ball off the top of the center field wall and out for a home run with one out, ending Wood's night after just 79 pitches.

That was because Paul Goldschmidt was on deck, though he proved tough against all comers again, homering to the opposite field against reliever Chris Hatcher.

Goldschmidt has seven home runs and 17 RBI in 17 games against the Dodgers this season, hitting .400 (24-for-65).

Arizona tacked on five in the ninth against Jim Johnson and Adam Liberatore, an inning that was perhaps best encapsulated by this pop fly single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia:

"There's no one covering anywhere," exclaimed Vin Scully on the SportsNet LA broadcast.

Good starts

Justin Ruggiano made his ninth start in 20 games since getting acquired by the Dodgers, every time the team has faced a left-handed starting pitcher in September. In the first such start, on Sept. 1, he batted sixth, but since then has batted leadoff seven times and third once.

Ruggiano has been especially effective in the first inning, including a single off the gloves of both third baseman Brandon Drury and shortstop Ahmed on Tuesday night. That gave Ruggiano seven first-inning hits with the Dodgers in eight at-bats, with two doubles, a triple and a home run. As a leadoff man, he is 6-for-7 as the first batter of the game.

But that was the only hit of the game for Ruggiano, who hit into an inning-ending double play with two runners on base against lefty Andrew Chafin to end the seventh inning.

Up next

Zack Greinke takes the mound on Wednesday night, trying to both get a win for the Dodgers and to help cement his National League Cy Young Award case. Chase Anderson makes the start for Arizona.

Tuesday particulars

Home runs: A.J. Pollock (18), Paul Goldschmidt (30), Brandon Drury (1)

WP - Robbie Ray (5-12): 6 IP, 3 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

LP - Alex Wood (11-11): 6⅓ IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts