Chris Taylor drove a season high in four runs and Julio Urías threw six innings with four hits in the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday evening.
After largely meeting the trading deadline, the Dodgers (27-10), who had added most of the other elite teams to their talents, calmly rolled on towards their eighth NL West title in a row and one more playoff appearance at their 16th Victory in 19 games.
Taylor, AJ Pollock and Max Muncy had two hits apiece as Los Angeles opened a six-game homestand with their third straight win. And while they didn't have a homer at the September opener after setting an NL record with 57 long balls in August, the Dodgers were still taking the first step to maintain their streak of the season of never losing a series.
Carson Kelly faced homer again at Dodger Stadium, and Nick Ahmed added a homer with two outs and two runs in ninth place for the Diamondbacks in last place, who lost 11 of 12.
Kelly's homer was Urias's only major win (3-0), scoring five goals and allowing no walks to take his first win since August 13.
After Scott Alexander stalled in ninth place, Kenley Jansen beat Daulton Varsho for the tenth time in eleven chances. He also left Kelly in the stadium's deck circle, where he has met four homers in the past two seasons.
Taylor broke out with an RBI double in the third inning and a two-run double in the sixth for the veteran's first multi-RBI game since Aug. 1 when he hit a three-run homer in Phoenix.
Alex Young (1-2) scored six hits and two earned runs over five innings in his fourth start to the season for Arizona.
While the Dodgers stayed the same, the Diamondbacks embarked on a seven-game journey after a series of trades sparked by the 1 through 10 slump that put their playoff hopes at risk. Arizona moved starter Robbie Ray, closer Archie Bradley, outfielder Starling Marte and left-hander Andrew Chafin for a total of seven players, mostly interested parties.
The Dodgers quickly came to Young when four consecutive batters hit base in the first inning, but Taylor's base-laden walk brought the only run home.
Kelly tied for his second homer of the season in the third, and most recently at Chavez Ravine, where he had an OPS of 1,362 on that streak.
Los Angeles reloaded the bases in the fifth, adding two more runs of sacrificial flies from Kiké Hernández and Edwin Ríos.
Taylor then doubled in on the sixth over the head of right fielder Kole Calhoun. Calhoun is usually a strong defensive outfielder with a lot of Dodger Stadium experience for eight years on the Freeway series with the Angels, but he misunderstood Taylor's line drive.
Alex Wood scored two goals when he scored a careless inning without a hit in just his second appearance of the season for the Dodgers. The left-hander was activated from the injured list on Tuesday after missing 30 games with an infected shoulder.
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Kelly's success in the Chavez Ravine is uncanny: In three different games at Dodger Stadium last year, Kelly had an RBI double with 13 innings, a homer with 9 innings ahead of Jansen, and his first multi-homer game in his career, the one 11-inning included a shot down from Urias.
Kelly's four homers in seven career games in Los Angeles are the same number he hit in 65 games at Chase Field.
Diamondbacks: RHP Taylor Widener made the list of injured with a chest strain. He last threw on Friday.
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner went on the injured list with a sore left Achilles tendon while Ríos and Wood both left the IL. Turner will be out until at least September 8th.
Walker Buehler (1-0, 4.32 ERA) returns for the Dodgers after missing a round with a blister, while Arizona's Zac Gallen (1-0, 2.09 ERA) will attempt to set his major league record Improve from 22 starts to start a career with three earned runs allowed or less.