Dodgers' division title struggles deepen with loss to last-place Arizona

Dodgers' division title struggles deepen with loss to last-place Arizona

9/26/2021 7:48:00 AM

Dodgers' division title struggles deepen with loss to last-place Arizona

Clayton Kershaw struggles and the offense can't keep up with the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 7-2 loss that puts the Dodgers two games behind of the Giants.

said. “It wasn’t a well-played game tonight.”After suffering only their 11th defeat of at least five runs this season, the Dodgers were greeted with more bad news in the clubhouse too: The Giants had overcome an early deficit in their game against the Colorado Rockies, gaining a little extra breathing room at the top of the standings.

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner makes a fourth-inning throwing error that allowed a run to score.(Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)“Obviously we’re watching what they do, we definitely are looking at the scoreboard and things like that, but we can’t control that,” Kershaw said. “So we’re not super worried about what they’re doing … It’s hard to focus on your game and hope they lose.”

The Dodgers trailed the Diamondbacks (50-105) from Kershaw’s first pitch, an outside fastball that Ketel Marte drove to left for a home run.It was the start of a recurring problem for Kershaw on Saturday, as the left-hander failed to retire any of the five leadoff hitters he faced to begin innings.

AdvertisementIn the second, Carson Kelly hit a solo homer. Christian Walker scored on a Justin Turner throwing error in the fourth after hitting a leadoff single. And Marte scored for the second time after beginning the fifth with a base hit and being driven home by Daulton Varsho two batters later — Kershaw’s final action of the night.

“Had a few good throws in there,” said Kershaw, who had three strikeouts in his third start back from an elbow injury. “But overall it wasn’t great.”The Dodgers got on the board in the top of the sixth after Trea Turner hit a solo home run deep to left. The best news for them at that point, however, was that the Giants were trailing the Rockies by one.

The Dodgers’ Trea Turner celebrates his sixth-inning home run with Max Muncy. Turner homered again in the ninth.(Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)AdvertisementIt didn’t last. During the bottom of the sixth in Phoenix, Brandon Belt put the Giants in front in Denver with a three-run homer.

Both results would hold from there, the Giants finishing off their win while the Dodgers failed to mount any serious comeback threat.Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen finished a six-inning, one-run start with eight strikeouts and only three hits given up.

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The Diamondbacks lineup added one insurance run off David Price in the seventh and two more against Evan Phillips in the eighth.AdvertisementAnd, aside from Trea Turner’s second homer in the ninth, the Arizona bullpen stifled the Dodgers over the final three innings — denying them their 100th win, and, more consequently, giving them an even steeper hill to climb to avoid the one-game wild-card round.

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