Dodgers win! Behind four home runs and a solid outing from Julio Urías, the Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the Arizona Diamondbacks with a final score of 11-2. Luke Weaver’s day began with a strikeout for Arizona, and he would pitch a scoreless top half of the first, working around a Mookie Betts double. Julio Urías went to work in the bottom half, and allowed a 1-out walk before a pair of singles put the Diamondbacks in front 1-0. Urías struck out a pair to end the inning and send the ballgame to the second. AJ Pollock walked and Will Smith singled to begin the inning, but they were left stranded at the corners. After a 26-pitch first, Urías settled in nicely and worked a quick 1-2-3 bottom of the second. Corey Seager’s 2-out double was all for LA in the top half of the third. Urías again pitched a strong bottom half, but the D-Backs remained in front 1-0 through three. Weaver walked Joc Pederson to begin the fourth before allowing a 431ft bomb to Edwin Ríos, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. A few pitches later, Matt Beaty turned around an inside fastball for a solo homerun that just stayed fair, extending LA’s advantage to 3-1. The D-Backs sliced their deficit in half thanks to an RBI single from Carson Kelly in the bottom half. Starting the fifth with a walk was Mookie Betts, who advanced to third on a Corey Seager single that was 110mph off the bat. Justin Turner launched a 2-run triple to end Weaver’s day and give the boys in blue a 5-2 lead. Yoan Lopez entered from there and allowed a run-scoring single to Pederson before AJ Pollock’s 2-run homerun made it 8-2. Urías worked an inning ending double-play in the home half of the fifth, but the Dodgers went quietly against Taylor Clarke to begin the following inning. Urías struck out a pair to complete the sixth, and ended his outing with a superb line: 6IP, 2ER, 5H, 1BB, 5K and the victory. Clark pitched a 1-2-3 top half of the seventh, and Brusdar Graterol countered with one of his own to send the game to the eighth. With 2-outs, Chris Taylor’s 3-run homerun to the opposite field gave the Dodgers a commanding 11-2 lead. Dennis Santana struck out one batter in a scoreless bottom of the eighth. LA’s day offensively concluded with 11 hits after Taylor Widener pitched a quick top half of the ninth. Jake McGee entered for the home half and struck out a pair to end the ballgame in ugly fashion for Arizona.
The Dodgers improve to 6-3 with an assertive victory. Tomorrow, the series finale takes place at Chase Field with the visiting squad hoping to take 3 of 4. Clayton Kershaw, returning from a brief IL stint, will make his 2020 season debut on the mound. Leading a relatively young pitching staff, the 3-time Cy Young Award winner will face off against Merrill Kelly. The 31-year-old righty for Arizona will look to continue an impressive start to the year. 1:10pm first pitch. Go Dodgers!
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