EditorsNote: 1st graf, add ‘of’ before ‘walk-off’
Cody Bellinger worked a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their string of walk-off victories with a 5-4 triumph Tuesday over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The last time the Dodgers were at home, they got three consecutive game-ending home runs from rookies Matt Beaty, Alex Verdugo and Will Smith against the Colorado Rockies.
Trailing by a run Tuesday with no one on base and down to their last strike, the Dodgers earned four consecutive walks against Diamondbacks closer Greg Holland (1-1) to tie the game 4-4. Chris Taylor, who faced an 0-2 count, drew the first free pass, and Russell Martin, Verdugo and Beaty followed with walks.
Diamondbacks left-hander T.J. McFarland entered for Holland after the walk to Beaty, and Bellinger drew the fifth consecutive walk, this one on a 3-2 pitch, ending the game.
Nick Ahmed hit a home run for the Diamondbacks, who came into Tuesday’s game with three victories in their past four meetings with the Dodgers.
Enrique Hernandez hit a two-run home run for the Dodgers, who opened their final homestand of the first half with a victory after going 3-4 on their final road trip before the All-Star break. The Dodgers have earned six walk-off victories in their past 17 home games.
D-backs starter Taylor Clarke gave up three runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings, but left-hander Alex Young restored order by throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings. The Arizona bullpen pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings before Holland’s meltdown.
The Dodgers had the tying run in scoring position during each of the last three innings before finally converting in the ninth. Right-hander Yimi Garcia (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the victory.
Dodgers starter Ross Stripling gave up four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in his second start after returning to the rotation when Rich Hill went on the injured list due to a forearm strain.
The D-backs got to Stripling early with Eduardo Escobar’s first-inning RBI double. Arizona made it 3-0 in the second inning on Ahmed’s two-run home run, his eighth long ball of the year.
Stripling helped himself in the Dodgers’ half of the second inning with an RBI single. It was his first of two hits on the night. Hernandez tied the score 3-3 with his two-run home run, a shot down the left field line in the fourth inning. It was his 14th of the season.
Arizona took a 4-3 lead when Ketel Marte scored from third base in the fifth after the Dodgers failed to turn a potential inning-inning double play.
—Field Level Media