Arizona Diamondbacks take close game one to extend Dodgers skid

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 24: A.J. Pollock
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 24: A.J. Pollock /

The Arizona Diamondbacks used a hot offense to continue their winning streak and extend the current skid the Los Angeles Dodgers are on. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks took a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers with a front loaded first inning.

Rich Hill took the mound for the Dodgers after blowing a 10-inning no-hit bid with a solo home run in his last outing. Hill wouldn’t get the same chance with David Peralta getting a single as the leadoff hitter.

From there, the Diamondbacks laid on the hits. A.J. Pollock homered to drive in Peralta. Brandon Drury doubled to score Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez. Jake Lamb singled to score Drury and the Diamondbacks would score five total runs off Hill in the first inning.

The Dodgers tried to make it a close game by scoring four runs in the second and third inning, but then Zack Godley settled down.

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Godley retired six straight batters in the fourth and fifth innings and three straight after allowing a leadoff single in the sixth. His stat line for the day would finish after six innings while allowing four earned runs on six hits, but striking out five batters.

David Peralta added his second hit of the night in the fourth inning by hitting a triple to score Godley and extend the Diamondbacks lead.

Paul Goldschmidt hit his 32nd home run of the season in the fifth inning. Goldschmidt holds the No. 4 spot in the NL for home runs this season. As he makes an argument for NL MVP, both Nolan Arenado (30) and Giancarlo Stanton (51) hit home runs in their respective games on Tuesday.

Archie Bradley would be the set up guy, as is usual when the team has the lead, but he would end his 14-straight scoreless innings with an RBI to Adrian Gonzalez. He’d still close the inning without further damage.

Drury tried to extend the Diamondbacks lead with a two-out triple, but a bad strike call on Lamb would end the inning. Drury’s triple gives the Diamondbacks the lead across baseball with 33 triples. They’re also second in the NL with 257 doubles, only behind the Washington Nationals (259).

In an attempt to close the game, Fernando Rodney gave up a leadoff double to Chase Utley. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit by Chris Taylor. Taylor advanced to second on yet another wild pitch.

Rodney struck out Curtis Granderson and hit Justin Turner before Yasmani Grandal grounded out to end the game.

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The team will look to continue the streak tomorrow as Robbie Ray takes the mound against Hyun-Jin Ryu.