July 6, 2017
Chris Taylor delivered the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 9th inning, as the Dodgers rallied for four runs in the 9th in beat the D’Backs 5-4 on Thursday night at the Ravine. The win completed a three-game sweep over Arizona.
The rally began in the 9th inning against D’Backs closer Fernando Rodney. Yasiel Puig singled to right field, then Joc Pederson pinch hit for Trayce Thompson and walked. Another walk to Cody Bellinger loaded the bases with nobody out. That brought Logan Forsythe to the plate, who was also walked, which scored Puig to make it 4-2.
A single by Corey Seager scored Pederson and Bellinger, which tied the game. The D’Backs brought in T.J. McFarland to face Taylor, who hit a line drive to left field, which scored Forsythe. Left fielder Ray Fuentes took a desperate stab at trying to catch the ball, but it eluded him.
Rodney (3-3) took the loss. Jake Lamb homered twice for Arizona, including a go-ahead solo shot in the 8th.
Josh Fields (4-0) got the win after pitching the 9th inning and allowing a run-scoring balk.
Both starters pitched very well. Rich Hill went seven innings for the Dodgers, allowing just one run on two hits and striking out nine batters.
Robbie was equally good for Arizona. He went six innings, giving up one run on five hits, striking out 13 Dodgers.
With the win, the Dodgers have opened up a 5.5 game lead over Arizona in the NL West, with just three games before the break.
The Dodgers will now open up a 3-game set with the Royals on Friday night at the Ravine. Kenta Maeda (6-4, 4.76 ERA) moves from the bullpen back to the rotation and gets the start. Jason Hammel (4-7, 5.08 ERA) gets the ball for KC.