MLB: Walker Buehler, Dodgers down Diamondbacks
Justin Turner hit a three-run home run and right-hander Walker Buehler won for the fifth time in eight starts as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Wednesday to complete a four-game sweep.
Freddie Freeman had an RBI single eight pitches into the game as the Dodgers won their fifth consecutive contest overall following a season-long four-game losing streak.
Pavin Smith had two RBIs for Arizona, which saw its season-worst losing streak reach six games. The Diamondbacks fell to 5-21 against the Dodgers over the past two seasons.
The Dodgers got off to a fast start when Mookie Betts led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and Freeman followed with a single to center. It was Betts’ major league leading 36th run scored.
The Diamondbacks tied the game in the second inning on a Geraldo Perdomo RBI groundout and pushed in front 2-1 in the third on another run-scoring groundout, this one from Smith.
The Dodgers jumped back on top in the fourth inning. Will Smith had a one-out double and Max Muncy followed with a single before Turner blasted a home run to left field, his fourth of the season and third of the just-completed eight-game homestand.
The Dodgers made it 5-2 in the fourth inning when Cody Bellinger doubled after Turner’s home run and Gavin Lux had a two-out RBI single.
Arizona loaded the bases with nobody out on three consecutive singles, but Buehler struck out Jordan Luplow and Smith before Christian Walker grounded into a force out to end the threat.
Smith had an RBI single in the seventh inning to bring Arizona within 5-3.
Buehler (5-1) gave up two runs on six hits over five innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Dodgers left-hander David Price went 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his return from the COVID-injured list and Daniel Hudson pitched the ninth inning for his second save.
Diamondbacks starter Zach Davies (2-2) gave up five runs on seven hits over four innings with no walks and two strikeouts. He entered with a 1.06 ERA at Dodger Stadium in five previous starts.
–Field Level Media