The Dodgers got good starting pitching, excellent relief and some clutch two-out hits and all that led to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Alex Wood won the game and Kenley Jansen picked up his 29th save.
Wood pitched six innings, gave up two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four. Josh Fields would pitch two scoreless innings, getting Paul Goldschmidt to ground into an inning ending double play in the eighth. Jansen hit Ketel Marte but otherwise had no problems setting down the Diamondbacks.
After Wood gave up the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, Cody Bellinger doubled to right. With two out, Zack Greinke was still in the game to face a slumping Joc Pederson.
Pederson was 0-for-23, having gone hitless since July 28th, until he doubled home Bellinger to tie the game. Yasiel Puig followed with a single to score Pederson and give the Dodgers the lead.
The Dodgers scored first when Bellinger hit a solo home run in the second inning. Goldschmidt would tie the game with his own solo home run in the fourth inning.
Alex Wood nearing best single season winning pct.
Wood now has a .9333 winning pct. (14-1, 13-1 as a starter and 1-0 in relief). The single-season record is held by Roy Face who in 1959 at .9474 (18-1 all in relief). Johnny Allen is second at .9375 (15-1, as a starter) in 1937.
Phil Regan was also 14-1 for the 1966 Dodgers but he did not have enough decisions (17) to qualify for the full single-season record.
Yu Darvish makes his second start wearing a Dodger uniform as he will try to lead the team to another series win. Darvish will face left-hander Anthony Banda, who will hope to make his third major-league start a special one as he will be celebrating his 24th birthday. First pitch will be at 6:40 p.m.
Home runs: Cody Bellinger (33), Paul Goldschmidt (26)
W: Alex Wood (14-1): 6 innings, 2 runs, 6 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
L: Zack Greinke (13-5): 6⅔ innings, 3 runs, 4 hits, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts
Save: Kenley Jansen (29): 1 inning, 1 hit batter, 2 strikeouts