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Dodgers can't score, can't contain Jake Lamb in loss to Diamondbacks

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Jake Lamb drove in the tying run with a two-out double in the ninth, then tripled and scored the winning run in the 12th inning, lifting the Diamondbacks over the Dodgers 2-1 on Saturday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Lamb led off the 12th with a triple in the right field corner against Casey Fien, who then intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases and set up a force play at every base. The Dodgers brought Howie Kendrick in from left field to have a five-man infield, but Brandon Drury rendered that formation moot with a line drive single to right field to end the game.

Lamb had three extra-base hits on the night.

The loss snapped the Dodgers' four-game winning streak. The Dodgers fell to 5-5 in extra innings in 2016, including 4-4 on the road.

One strike away

Kenley Jansen was one strike away from closing out a 1-0 win, but instead blew his fourth save of the season.

Michael Bourn got a one-out single in the ninth inning, but then Jansen got Paul Goldschmidt to pop up on a pitch that caught an awful lot of the strike zone, for the second out. That brought to the plate Lamb, who doubled to the warning track in left field to score the tying run.

It was the first blown save since June 11 for Jansen, who struck out 26 in 14⅔ scoreless innings in between blown saves.

Jansen had the save opportunity thanks in large part to Brandon McCarthy having his best start since returning from Tommy John surgery. McCarthy threw six scoreless innings, then watched the bullpen hold his one-run lead into the ninth.

Adam Liberatore pitched a scoreless seventh inning and, continuing his progression from lefty specialist to trusted setup man, even struck out Dodgers killer Goldschmidt in his perfect frame.

Joe Blanton allowed a walk and a single in the eighth but stranded them, setting the stage for Jansen in the ninth.

There's your run

Both teams got leadoff doubles relatively early, but only one cashed it in.

After Lamb doubled to begin the bottom of the second inning, he advanced to third base on a ground out, but then McCarthy struck out Yasmany Tomas for the second out and snagged a soft liner back to the mound by Drury to strand Lamb.

After the commercial break, Chase Utley had a leadoff double of his own, and also advanced to third on a ground ball. Justin Turner followed with a soft liner into short right field to score Utley and give the Dodgers the lead.

It was the second straight day Turner drove in the first Dodgers run. After starting slow this season, with 17 RBI in his first 55 games, Turner has driven in 29 runs in his last 33 games.

Feeling stranded

The Dodgers put two runners on base in the second, fourth and sixth innings as well, but each one of those innings ended with McCarthy making the final out and no runners scoring. The club also stranded a runner at second base in the fifth inning, then left the bases loaded in the seventh and 12th.

On the night, the Dodgers were just 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position, and left a total of 15 runners on base.

Hot Howie

Starting in left field on Saturday one day after playing second base,  Kendrick singled in the second and fourth innings, then doubled in the sixth. It was the third consecutive three-hit game for Kendrick, the first Dodger to do so since Adrian Gonzalez in the first three games of the 2015 season.

Kendrick added a single in the 10th, giving him his third four-hit game of the season.

Kendrick was hitting .246 entering play last Sunday, but after his 10-for-14 performance over the last three games will enter Sunday hitting .271.

Ring my bell

Two pitches into the bottom of the first inning, Jean Segura fouled a ball back that struck home plate umpire Dale Scott on the bottom of his facemask. The force was such that Davidson had to leave the game and, after a delay of 13 minutes, play resumed with three umpires, and first base umpire Lance Barrett moved behind the plate.

Two pitches later, just the fourth of the game by McCarthy, another Segura foul struck Barrett in the mask, though he was okay and was able to resume without any delay.

Saturday particulars

Home runs: none

WP - Randall Delgado (2-1): 1 up, 1 down

LP - Casey Fien (1-1): 0 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 2 walks