The Arizona Diamondbacks (52-51) got off to a quick start to their six-game road trip by slugging past the first place Los Angeles Dodgers (56-48) 7-2.
Paul Goldschmidt put the D-backs up on the board quickly in the first inning with a three-run bomb to center field, scoring Gerardo Parra and Aaron Hill, putting the snakes on top 3-0.
Newly acquired third baseman Chris Johnson joined the D-backs on Monday night to make his debut with the team. After grounding into a double play with the bases loaded in the top of the third inning, Johnson was hoping to redeem himself in the top of the fifth inning with a similar situation. After the Dodgers intentionally walked Arizona catcher Miguel Montero, Chris Johnson faced L.A. starter Aaron Harang with the bases loaded. With two outs and a 2-1 count, Johnson blasted a hanging slider to deep left field for a grand slam, scoring Hill, Jason Kubel, and Montero, to put the D-backs up 7-0.
Arizona’s offense was feasting of Dodgers’ pitchers all evening, as the 1-4 hitters went 9-18 with five runs scored as the D-backs got on base frequently all night long. The team went 4-10 with runners in scoring position.
Los Angeles would add a couple runs later in the game, but that would not be enough to overcome a strong outing by Arizona starter Trevor Cahill. The Arizona starter allowed only six hits and one earned run through six strong innings pitched. With the victory, Cahill picked up his ninth victory of the season, and lowered his E.R.A. to 3.75.
Arizona starter Wade Miley takes the mound tomorrow evening in game two of the series in Los Angeles.