Rookie Gavin Lux hit two homers, including a three-shot in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied 10-9 Tuesday night after four runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In the decisive 10th inning, A.J. Pollock started on second base and moved left to third with Cody Bellinger's flyball. Max Muncy was deliberately run and Pollock faced a mistake from Eduardo Escobar who abused Chris Taylor's grounder.
Lux followed with a towering homer who landed low in the right field seats and made it 10-6. It was the 22-year-old's first multihomer game in the major leagues.
Arizona struggled almost at the bottom of the frame. Christian Walker hit a homer with two runs for 10: 8 and David Peralta's single brought Escobar home with 10: 9. Kenley Jansen (3-0) beat rookie Wyatt Mathisen to end the 4-hour 25-minute game.
The Dodgers bounced back from two straight losses, improving to 31-12 for the season. The disappointing Diamondbacks lost for the 17th time in 19 games.
Arizona built a 6-2 lead after six innings, but the Dodgers fought back on the seventh to level the result. Edwin Rios had a double with two runs during the rally and Mookie Betts tied home with a single in the middle. The Dodgers would have taken the lead, but D-Backs shortstop Josh Rojas grabbed a sharp grounder as he pulled a foot over the second and then threw on the first for the doubles.
The D-Backs had a chance to win in ninth place before Tim Locastro made a mistake. The fast outfielder left and then stole second place with two outs. Catcher Austin Barnes' throw bounced into the outfield and Locastro finished easily third before inexplicably attempting home. He was easily kicked out.
Dodger's all-star pitcher Walker Buehler looked dominant at the start of his second start since returning from the injured list due to a blister on his right hand. He withdrew the first seven hits and cut through the D-Backs line-up with a fastball that reached 100 km / h.
But Diamondback rookie Daulton Varsho grabbed that streak by lifting a tall fly ball over the left field line that hit the foul bar as he barely cleared the fence for a homer and finished the game 1-0.
From there, Bühler's night quickly dissolved. Locastro and Josh Rojas met one-off singles, and Ketel Marte was the first to score a throwing error from Lux in a game that Locastro scored. Christian Walker followed suit in picking an outfield player to score Rojas and Calhoun finished the rally with a homer in two runs that put the Diamondbacks 5-1 ahead.
Suddenly Bühler was out of the game. He only lasted 2 2/3 innings and gave up five runs when only two were earned. More worrying for the Dodgers is that the pitcher's blistering problem may be an ongoing problem – he was seen on TV picking his right index finger in the dugout.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Lux hit a homer on the other side who was clearing the fence on the left. It was his first homer of the season.
The Dodgers won, although 15 men remained on the base.
Yoan López (0: 1) took the loss and gave up four runs, including three earned, in one inning.
PEDERSON OUT, SBORZ IN
Los Angeles outfielder Joc Pederson has been put on the paternity list and replaced by right-handed Josh Sborz. The 26-year-old has played in eight major league games with the Dodgers, including one earlier this season.
Pederson, 28, has played 34 games this season. He beats .184 with six homers and 12 RBIs.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 1.50 ERA) takes the hill for Los Angeles. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is in the race for the fourth time after six excellent starts in the shortened season.
Diamondbacks: RHP Taylor Clarke (1-0, 2.96) has done pretty well since joining the team's low-injury starting rotation. This is his fourth start to the season.