PHOENIX (AP) – Ketel Marte and Carson Kelly homered early by Clayton Kershaw, Zac Gallen threw a one-run ball for six innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks kept the Los Angeles Dodgers from taking 100 wins by beating them on Saturday night defeated 7-2.
What you need to know
- The Arizona Diamondbacks prevented the Los Angeles Dodgers from hitting 100 wins by beating them 7-2
- The win also assured the Dodgers would lag behind San Francisco first in the NL West race
- Trea Turner hit two homers for the only runs in Los Angeles, earning him 24 that season
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The Dodgers (99-56) lag behind San Francisco in the NL West race. The runner-up team will host the NL wildcard game on October 6th, likely against the St. Louis Cardinals, who have won a franchise record of 15 games in a row.
Gallen (3-10), who had not won against Philadelphia since August 26, scored six goals in the first two innings.
Marte, who finished with three of the Diamondbacks’ nine hits, homered to left field on Kershaw’s first throw. Kelly started the second inning with a drive into the Arizona bullpen on the left. Each batter received his 13th home run of the season for the Diamondbacks, who took the lead in the Major League with 105 losses and just 2-8 in their previous 10 games.
Gallen only gave up three hits – Corey Seager’s infield single in the first, Justin Turner’s single in the fourth and Trea Turner’s homerun, who went out in the sixth. Gallen threw 99 throws, went two and hit eight.
Trea Turner also finished ninth ahead of Caleb Smith, giving him 24 for the season.
Kershaw (10-8) lasted only 4 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and four runs – three earned. He didn’t go any and turned down three. His defense did him no favors; Justin Turner’s mistake in the fourth resulted in a run.
In three starts since returning from two months on the injured list with a left forearm infection, Kershaw has not lasted more than five innings.
In the fifth, Gallen led to second place with a chopper, which Trea Turner could not bring into play. Marte scored in the middle and Henry Ramos ended up in third place near the sack. Justin Turner used it and stepped on the sack but threw in second place too late to get Marte and Ramos beat the season first. Daulton Varsho followed with a sharp single in the middle, scoring a goal for Marte and knocking out Kershaw.
Arizona added a run in the seventh game against David Price. Jake McCarthy led the way, moving up a wild pitch and scoring on pinch-hitter Kole Calhoun’s single. Another pinch-hitter, David Peralta, ran two races with a single from Evan Phillips in eighth.
The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts went 0 for 3 with one walk and ended their hitting streak in 15 games. He robbed Marte of a fourth hit with a running catch near the wall in the eighth.
Dodgers: LF Chris Taylor (neck) made his first start in a week. He came off the bench in the last two games. The Dodgers injured Taylor and his fellow outfielder AJ Pollock (right hamstring) and Cody Bellinger (rib) while using infielder Gavin Lux in the outfield rotation. Lux started in midfield on Saturday night.
Manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger, who is currently on the injured list, will return before the end of the regular season on October 3. “It’s getting better every day. We just don’t know the exact time, “said Roberts.
Diamondbacks: SS Nick Ahmed (limb) has been sidelined for a week and manager Torey Lovullo wants to wait until the gold glove winner is completely done. Ildemaro Vargas jumped in at shortstop on Saturday.
“I don’t want to put him in a situation where things really come his way. It took a little longer than expected, ”said Lovullo.
Lovullo also said 1B Seth Beer (left shoulder dislocated) had surgery to fix what the manager called “instability” and is recovering.
The combination of the Dodgers in town and Hispanic Heritage Night drew 28,206 people to Chase Field.
Dodger’s LHP Julio Urias (18-3, 3.10 ERA) takes on Diamondback’s RHP Humberto Mejia (0-2, 7.00) in Sunday’s series finals.
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