04/20 18:17 CDT Puig hits 3-run HR as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks
Puig hits 3-run HR as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer and threw out a runner
at second base, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Arizona Diamondbacks
Puig flipped his bat after connecting to cap a four-run sixth inning. His
second homer of the season came after a two-out intentional walk to Adrian
Dodgers starter Josh Beckett pitched five innings of one-hit ball, striking out
seven and walking two.
Jamey Wright (1-0) got three outs for his 93rd career victory, spread over 19
big league seasons and 10 different clubs.
Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save and fifth
against the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers won on manager Don Mattingly's 53rd birthday.
Josh Collmenter (0-2) gave up Puig's homer.
Chris Perez relieved Wright in the seventh with two on and none out. He retired
his first batter, then gave up an RBI double by Eric Chavez.
Beckett threw 83 pitches and allowed only a leadoff single to right field in
the second by Miguel Montero. But Montero tried to stretch it into a double and
was thrown out by Puig.
Beckett has made three starts, with none of them going past the fifth inning.
The three-time All-Star right-hander remained winless since Sept. 30, 2012,
when he beat Colorado at Dodger Stadium. Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in
eight starts last season before sitting out the final five months because of a
groin strain and a subsequent bout with thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve
condition that required him to undergo surgery in July.
The Dodgers broke through in the sixth after Dee Gordon singled and Carl
Crawford had a hit-and-run triple into the right field corner. It was
Crawford's first triple of the season and 118th of his career, the most among
Puig hit a liner over the fence in left-center. He hit 19 homers last season as
a rookie after coming up to the Dodgers in June.
For the second time in this series, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt was awarded
first base on catcher's interference against Tim Federowicz.
NOTES: Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a second-inning
double. ... The Diamondbacks' upcoming four-game series at Chicago will give
pitching coach and former Cub Mike Harkey the opportunity to be at Wrigley
Field on Wednesday when the ballpark's 100th anniversary is celebrated. Harkey
was the fourth overall pick by the Cubs in the 1987 draft and made his first 71
big league starts for them. ... Arizona's catchers are a combined 1 for 20
throwing out opposing basestealers. ... Chavez struck out both times he faced
Beckett, and is 4 for 23 lifetime against him with eight Ks.