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Dodgers’ four-run seventh reclaims lead, secures win over Diamondbacks

Dodgers’ four-run seventh reclaims lead, secures win over Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — The Dodgers might have won the trade deadline. But they took their time winning anything else.

Against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, the Dodgers scored three times in the second inning then left their lead in the car and forgot to crack a window. It melted away and the Dodgers had to rehydrate it with a four-run seventh inning that secured an 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

The win was their first since Wednesday in San Francisco. The first-place Giants also won Saturday, keeping the Dodgers three games behind them in the NL West.

Saturday’s win was another example of the all-or-nothing-at-all tendency of the Dodgers’ offense.

They scored three in the second on RBI singles by Chris Taylor and Max Muncy and a steal of home by Taylor on the front end of a double steal. But they went 2 for their next 16 against Merrill Kelly after Muncy’s hit.

When the offense came back to life in the seventh, it produced another crooked number — the Dodgers’ 32nd multi-run inning this month and 127th this season.

Kelly’s night ended after a one-out walk of Muncy. Justin Turner sent the second pitch of reliever Stefan Crichton’s short night into the Diamondbacks’ bullpen from whence he came.

The two-run homer was the first of five consecutive hits by the Dodgers. Four consecutive singles produced one run and another scored on a forceout.

Given a second chance to protect a lead, the Dodgers’ relief relay did much better.

A night after getting just 1 2/3 innings from starter Tony Gonsolin (who returned to the Injured List Saturday with shoulder inflammation), the $ 270-million-payroll Dodgers trotted out Mitch White as the first man up in another bullpen game.

White looked like a hero for three innings — and probably shouldn’t have gone much farther.

He retired 10 of the first 11 Diamondbacks he faced. But Asdrubal Cabrera extended him for nine pitches to draw a one-out walk in the fourth and push White’s pitch count into the upper 50s. With lefty Garrett Cleavinger warming up in the bullpen, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts left the right-handed White in to face left-handed Kole Calhoun who has hit .167 with no home runs against left-handed pitchers this season.

Calhoun rifled White’s next — and last pitch of the night — into the right-field seats for a two-run home run.

Cleavinger’s delayed arrival didn’t work out very well either. He gave up a leadoff home run to Nick Ahmed to tie the game in the fifth inning.

Over the final four innings, though, Alex Vesia, Joe Kelly, Blake Treinen and Edwin Uceta combined to retire the final 10 batters in order.


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