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Late inning comeback gives DBacks victory

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A balk was the difference maker

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

It was ASU night at Chase Field, and student tickets were a whopping two dollars. The D-Backs scored five runs over the course of the final three innings, including the game-winning run in the eighth, as they defeated the Dodgers, 5-4.

But hey, it’s 2019 and I got to see a professional baseball game for two dollars.

Entering the bottom of the eighth, the score was knotted at four a piece. The inning got off to a strange start, as Tim Locastro reached first base on a strikeout. He then stole second, and advanced to third on a single. After recording an out, Alex Avila stepped into the batters box. Before even throwing a pitch, Yimi Garcia balked, and allowed the go-ahead run to score from third.

The Dodgers had their chance to either tie or take the lead in the ninth. With runners on first and second and two outs, Justin Turner grounded to third. After a bobble by Eduardo Escobar, he threw out Turner at third, giving the D-Backs the win.

Tony Gonsolin made his return to Arizona. His first career start came at Chase Field earlier in the season, and things went a lot better this time around. He threw five innings, allowing only two runs while striking out five. He also did it at the plate, driving in a run with a single.

Entering the seventh, the Dodgers still were hanging on to the 4-2 lead. Casey Sadler, who has been one of the better relievers for the team over the last month, allowed a two-run homer to Josh Rojas, tying the game at four a piece.

Friday particulars

WP: Archie Bradley (4-5) 1 23 IP, 3 SO

LP: Yimi Garcia (1-4) 1 13 IP, 4 SO, 1 R

Box score

Up next

The Dodgers will look to pick up a win in the series tomorrow night, as Clayton Kershaw gets the start for LA. First pitch is at 5:10 p.m. PT.