The Dodgers nearly pulled off their most amazing comeback of the season, down 6-0 in the eighth inning, but that they left the tying run 90 feet away just made Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Diamondbacks all the more frustrating.
With Friday's 13-run outburst now a distant memory, the Dodgers' offense was nearly nonexistent for almost two full games. Then in the eighth inning, Justin Turner hit a two-run home run that at the very least prevented the shutout.
After a walk and a single in the ninth inning, Corey Seager doubled home a run to cut the deficit to 6-3, then Turner hit a two-run single to pull the club within one. A single by Andrew Toles put runners on the corners with one out, but somebody named Jake Barrett struck out both Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor to make the threat too little, too late.
One night after the Diamondbacks didn't score until they were one strike away from defeat, they got the ball rolling early against Kenta Maeda. a Four straight hits, the last a two-run double by Saturday's walk-off hitter Brandon Drury that gave Arizona a 3-0 lead.
The early offense was uncharacteristic against Maeda, who allowed four first-inning runs (three earned) in his first 18 starts combined.
The Dodgers had their chances against Robbie Ray, who seemed to have a compulsion to pitch from the stretch on Sunday. The bases were loaded with nobody out in the second inning, two runners were on with two outs in the third inning, then one runner reached in both the fourth and fifth.
But continuing the trend from Saturday, the Dodgers didn't cash any of those chances in, grounding into a pair of double plays and going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position against Ray.
Jake Lamb continued his hot hitting with a home run off Maeda in the third inning, completing a string that dated back to Friday of four straight at-bats that saw Lamb double, triple, single, then homer. The third baseman was 7-for-12 with four extra-base hits in the three-game series.
Doubles by Ray and Michael Bourn in the fifth inning gave the Diamondbacks another run, and ended Maeda's day early. The five runs are the most allowed this season by Maeda, who allowed four runs six other times.
The Dodgers travel to Washington D.C. Sunday night, then get a full off day in the nation's capital before opening a series against the Nationals on Tuesday night. Scott Kazmir gets the ball in the series opener for Los Angeles, while Washington has yet to announce their starting pitcher.
Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez, with a 3.19 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 16 starts and 87⅓ innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season, is expected to be called up this week, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, so perhaps would fit in he one vacant spot on Tuesday for Washington.
Home runs: Justin Turner (15); Jake Lamb (21)
WP - Robbie Ray (5-8): 7 IP, 4 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
LP - Kenta Maeda (8-7): 4⅓ IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Sv - Jake Barrett (2): ⅔ IP, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts