The Dodgers were beaten 7-6 by the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Tuesday night. Fernando Rodney got the save when Yasmani Grandal grounded out with tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth.
Rich Hill was perfect for eight innings in his last start, in this one he faced nine hitters in the first inning and gave up five runs. A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer and then Brandon Drury hit a two-run double to highlight that inning.
Trailing by five, the Dodgers mounted a comeback. Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run in the second inning. And in the third, Chris Taylor celebrated his birthday with a two-run home run. The Dodgers would score one more when Yasmani Grandal singled home Justin Turner.
But then Rich Hill gave up a booming RBI triple to David Peralta, which ended his night. Overall, Hill pitched 3⅔ innings and gave up 6 runs. Hill struck out four and walked one.
Later, Paul Goldschmidt would hit a solo home run off Ross Stripling to make it a three-run game.
Adrian Gonzalez made it a little closer when he doubled home Puig in the eighth to make it a two-run game.
In the ninth, Chase Utley led off with a double and he would score on Taylor’s infield single. With two out, Rodney hit Turner with a pitch to put two runners on base. But after Grandal fouled off some tough pitches, he would ground out to give the Diamondbacks the first game of the series.
Fourth three-game losing streak
This loss extended their losing streak to three games. That matches their season long losing streak, which they had done three other times.
The last time they lost three straight was June 4th through June 6th, when they lost their last game in Milwaukee and then the first two games to the Nationals at Dodger Stadium.
And another streak ends, score four but no more winning streak
The Dodgers had won 40 straight games where they scored four or more runs. According Stats LLC, there were only two longer streaks in Major League Baseball history, the 1954 Indians had a 42-game streak and the 1906 New York Giants had a 41-game streak.
The Dodgers will try to win and keep hope alive for a series win. Two lefthanders, Hyun-jin Ryu and Robbie Ray will match up in the middle game of this series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. PT.
Home runs: A.J. Pollock (8), Yasiel Puig (24), Chris Taylor (18), Paul Goldschmidt (32)
WP - Zack Godley (6-7): 6 IP, 6 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
LP - Rich Hill (9-6): 3⅔ IP, 8 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Sv - Fernando Rodney (33): 1 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 strikeout