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Dodgers can’t find the strike zone, drop another in Arizona

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Less than 20 hours after watching the Diamondbacks run around the bases on their way to a victory in 15 innings, the Dodgers watched Arizona take a stroll in the seventh inning Tuesday.

Dodger relievers issued three straight bases-loaded walks to leave the visiting team with a frustrating four-run deficit. The Dodger offense that had plenty of hard contact early in the game with no reward, had no answer to the barrage of free passes that ultimately secured a 6-1 loss.

The bullpen for Los Angeles allowed eight walks with the bases full all of last season. They would get to nearly half that total in the seventh inning alone.

It was a familiar scene for Dodger ace, Clayton Kershaw. The left-hander was once again lifted after six innings of work with his team down by one run. This time the score was 2-1 after Kershaw gave up solo homers to Daniel Descalso and David Peralta.

Home runs accounted for 34 of the 49 runs that Kershaw allowed in 2017. All three allowed in this season have come by way of the homer.

Kershaw allowed four hits and a walk to go along with the two runs while striking out six on the night. The Dodgers have now dropped seven of the last nine Kershaw starts at Chase Field.

Several Dodgers hit the ball hard off Arizona starter Zack Godley in the early going, but their line drives found gloves all around the diamond. Godley turned in seven solid innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out three.

The only run the Dodgers could scratch across came on a sacrifice fly by Chris Taylor in the third inning.

The Dodgers have now lost all four games that Kershaw or Kenley Jansen have appeared in. Not the start they were looking for but the season is long.

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The Dodgers will try and avoid the sweep on getaway day with a 12:40 pm PT start. Alex Wood will toe the slab against fellow lefty Patrick Corbin.

Tuesday particulars

Home run: Daniel Descalso (1), David Peralta (1)

WP - Zack Godley (1-0): 7 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

LP - Clayton Kershaw (0-2): 6 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts