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PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers picked a bad time to have their first losing streak in two weeks.Plagued by another night of missed opportunities and Ross Stripling’s shaky start Ferguson Jenkins Jersey , the Dodgers lost 7-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night to fall to second place in the NL West.The Dodgers (88-71) rallied to tie Arizona in the ninth inning Tuesday night, only to have Eduardo Escobar hit a walkoff homer in the bottom half. That loss, combined with Colorado’s win over Philadelphia, dropped the Dodgers’ division lead to a half-game.With Rockies (88-70) rolling over the Phillies 14-0, the Dodgers couldn’t bounce back from Arizona’s three-run second inning against Stripling (8-6) or take advantage of an early opportunity against Zack Greinke. Los Angeles has lost consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 10-11 and is now a half-game back in the NL West.“As far as getting to the postseason, it takes us, we control our own fate,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We’ve got to win baseball games. For us, there’s a little back against the wall.”The Diamondbacks displayed plenty of power in their final home game. A.J. Pollock hit a three-run home run, David Peralta had his 30th of the season and Socrates Brito hit his first big-league homer in two years.Greinke (15-11) overcame a shaky start to allow two runs and strike out six in six innings.The Diamondbacks struggled early in September to fall out of the playoff race http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-jason-grilli-jersey , but made an impact by winning the final two games against the Dodgers.“I understand what happened in the early part of the month, but this is really all we had left,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We beat the Dodgers two out of three and hurt their chances of advancing.”The Dodgers had a big chance against Greinke in the third inning, loading the bases with one out. They came away with nothing after Yasiel Puig lined out to shortstop and Yasmani Grandal grounded out to second.“It was just the one hit or the at-bat that eluded us,” Roberts said. “That Puig at-bat, it goes a different way, it’s a completely different game. But that’s baseball.”Stripling allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings in his return to the rotation against San Diego his last time out. He didn’t last that long against the Diamondbacks.Arizona hit for the reverse cycle against him in a three-run second inning, starting with Brito’s leadoff homer. Stripling was pulled after walking Peralta to load the bases with two outs, but Pedro Baez ended the threat by striking out Paul Goldschmidt.Stripling allowed seven of the 12 batters he faced to reach base, allowing three runs on five hits.“It’s kind of tough when you’re trying to help a team win Ryan Rua Jersey , help a team that’s battling for playoff implications and you can’t get through two innings,” Stripling said. “It stinks.”The Dodgers had some hard-hit balls of Greinke early, taking a 2-0 lead on run-scoring hits by Cody Bellinger and Stripling. The right-hander escaped the jam in the third inning and allowed two more hits the rest of the way.“They were hitting the ball pretty hard the first couple of innings and just had a lot of good defensive plays and scored some runs,” Greinke said. “Then I started pitching better after that.”RARE SWITCH-OFFThe eighth inning featured a rare switch-pitcher facing a switch-hitter.Dodgers reliever Pat Venditte got the first two outs of the inning pitching right-handed, then switched to lefty with Ildemaro Vargas on deck. Vargas, who was swinging left-handed, saw Venditte switch and he asked the bat boy to bring another helmet so he could bat right-handed.Venditte won the switch-off, getting Vargas to fly out to right.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers 3B Justin Turner got hit left thumb checked out after the game for swelling from a hard-hit ball by Goldschmidt in the fifth inning. He remained in the game and Roberts he was sore, but didn’t think there was anything wrong structurally.UP NEXTDodgers: Los Angeles could use another strong outing from LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu Friday against San Francisco. He tossed six scoreless innings to beat San Diego his last start.Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin is 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 15 road starts heading into Friday’s game against San Diego. PHOENIX (AP) — Kyle Hendricks received a standing ovation from Chicago Cubs fans in Arizona for merely laying down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth inning.He earned all that applause away from home with the way he pitched on the mound.Hendricks took a one-hit shutout into the ninth and the Cubs stifled the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 5-1 win Monday night to open their important three-game series.Hendricks (12-11) struck out eight and walked one. A.J. Pollock hit a leadoff homer against him in the ninth and Paul Goldschmidt added a two-out single before Justin Wilson completed the three-hitter.“It happens. I thought I threw only one bad pitch,” Hendricks said. “I got away with a couple. It started with fastball command.“Got some quick outs and kept the pitch count down Drew Robinson Jersey ,” he added. “I’d rather get a standing ovation for something else. It’s a treat to be able to go on the road and have our fans travel so well.”Javier Baez homered in Chicago’s three-run sixth that broke open a pitchers’ duel between Hendricks and Patrick Corbin (11-6).“I wasn’t as good as their starter tonight,” Corbin said. “Just left the breaking ball up to a hitter that can do damage.”Kris Bryant also homered, and the Cubs maintained their 2 1/2-game lead in the NL Central after second-place Milwaukee beat Cincinnati earlier.The fading Diamondbacks led the NL West when the month began but ended the day five games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona has lost three straight and eight of 10 to fall five games out of the second wild card as well.“This is a grinding time right now, there’s no doubt about it,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We still have life, and I want these guys to know that I believe in them. They believe in themselves as well I’m sure, and if they doubt it, that their teammate next to them is going to be working just as hard to pull them along and make sure everything’s going to be OK.”The Cubs were struggling on offense, coming off a weekend series in which they scored only five runs in three games against last-place Cincinnati. They thrilled a largely pro-Chicago crowd at Chase Field in the sixth, when Albert Almora Jr. and Bryant opened with back-to-back singles. Bryant worked an eight-pitch at-bat against Corbin before his base hit that moved Almora to third base.Anthony Rizzo beat out a replay-overturned double play to drive in Almora http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-alex-claudio-jersey , and Baez followed with a line drive into the seats in left-center to make it 3-0.Thousands of blue-and-white-clad Cubs fans roared as Baez rounded the bases. Baez acknowledged he was upset about his first two at-bats against Corbin, a strikeout and a groundout.“I was just really mad at myself that I wasn’t making adjustments,” Baez said.Bryant went opposite field for his 12th home run, a two-run shot in the eighth off reliever Randall Delgado. It was his first home run since July 20.“It’s always about feel, so hopefully he gained some feel from that,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.MOVING ONCubs catcher Willson Contreras ran hard after making contact in his at-bats, including on a deep fly to center in the fourth that was caught. Maddon criticized Contreras for admiring a long drive that ended up a double during a 2-1 loss to the Reds on Sunday. Maddon said Monday he thought the criticism had gotten out of hand.SUNS OUTPlayers from the NBA’s Phoenix Suns were introduced before the game, as the Diamondbacks recognized their downtown neighbors whose season opens next month. Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, Mikal Bridges Robinson Chirinos Jersey , Elie Okobo, De’Anthony Melton and Shaquille Harrison were in attendance, with Ariza throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: OF Kyle Schwarber and INF Tommy La Stella did not make the trip to Phoenix due to back injuries. … RHP Brandon Morrow (forerarm) could return from the disabled list in the next few days. He’s been out since mid-July. … SS Addison Russell was checked by a trainer after stretching across second base in an attempt to complete a double play in the fifth. He stayed in the game.UP NEXTCubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (4-5) is set to face Arizona on Tuesday night, his career-high 17th start of the season.Diamondbacks: RHP Matt Andriese is slated to start Tuesday against the Cubs. Andriese (3-5) started four games for Tampa Bay before being traded to the Diamondbacks.
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