The Arizona Diamondbacks have matched the longest winning streak in franchise history and look to post their 13th consecutive victory on Wednesday, when they conclude a three-game series against the host Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona equaled the club mark set in 2003 by recording a 3-1, 10-inning win on Tuesday.
The Diamondbacks, who are cruising toward a National League wild-card berth, only recorded four hits while handing Los Angeles its fifth straight defeat and 10th in 11 games. The Dodgers have been the best team in the majors most of the season but have dropped five straight against Arizona, which possesses the third-best record in the National League. Diamondbacks All-Star Paul Goldschmidt (elbow) underwent an MRI exam that displayed no structural damage and could return Wednesday after a three-game absence. Yasmani Grandal hit his 19th homer of the season for the Dodgers on Tuesday, but his failure to catch a throw to the plate allowed the two 10th-inning runs to score.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FSN Arizona, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks RH Taijuan Walker (8-7, 3.42 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Kenta Maeda (12-6, 4.19)
Walker is 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA over his last three starts but has worked fewer than six innings in two of them. The 25-year-old is 5-4 with a 2.82 ERA in 13 road outings this season. Walker is 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA in two starts against Los Angeles this season and 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA in three career turns.
Maeda was pounded for seven runs and eight hits in three innings while losing to the Diamondbacks on Thursday as he served up homers to Chris Iannetta and A.J. Pollock. The 29-year-old from Japan has struggled all season against Arizona, going 0-2 with a 9.53 ERA while allowing eight blasts over 17 frames in four starts to fall to 3-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 10 career turns. Maeda has a ragged 6.64 ERA over his last four starts but is 2-2 during that span.
1. Dodgers SS Corey Seager (elbow) is expected to return to the starting lineup on Friday against Colorado.
2. Arizona hasn’t trailed in any of its last 10 games, which matches the major-league record.
3. Los Angeles recalled OFs Joc Pederson and Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
PREDICTION: Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 4