Los Angeles at Arizona

L.A. Dodgers
W: N. Eovaldi (1-0) L: J. Saunders (8-9)
S: S. Elbert (2)
HR: LA - None   ARI - None

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3

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PHOENIX -- Nathan Eovaldi walked into the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse with shaving cream and a huge smile spread across his face.

Eovaldi pitched five solid innings in his major league debut and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Saturday.

"In the bullpen I was a little nervous but after that I felt good," said Eovaldi, whose previous highlight this season was pitching in the Double-A Southern League All-Star Game in late June. "Once you get to Double-A you can get called up at any time so you have to be prepared."

Eovaldi (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits. He struck out seven and walked two for the Dodgers, who have won four of five.

"He came out early and threw strikes," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He wasn't too amped up and trying to throw the ball through the catcher's glove. He was fairly calm and for the most part attacked."

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Eovaldi also notched his first career hit in his first trip to the plate.

"We were hoping from our standpoint that he would be a little more nervous but it didn't seem to be an issue," Diamondbacks bench coach Alan Trammell said. "He has a good arm. We knew that. But you just hope that first go around he'd get a little bit nervous and then but a couple of guys on base."

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was under the weather, watched the game from the clubhouse and didn't meet with the media.

Scott Elbert pitched the ninth for his second save.

Joe Saunders (8-9) had two hits and drove in two for the Diamondbacks, who have dropped three straight.

The Dodgers scored twice in the sixth for a 4-2 lead. Andre Ethier singled and was safe when shortstop Willie Bloomquist mishandled a grounder into the hole by Juan Rivera. Aaron Miles hit an RBI single that chased Saunders, and Rod Barajas singled home a run off Brad Ziegler.

The Dodgers added another run off Ziegler in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Rivera.

Justin Upton hit an RBI double with two outs in the eighth off Matt Guerrier to cut the Dodgers' lead to 5-3 before the right-hander retired Chris Young on a drive to the warning track in left.

"We are not clicking right now," Trammell said. "It's tough to always come back but give the guys credit. We had the tying run at the plate in the last inning."

Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead in the second on Barajas' bloop single just over Bloomquist's extended glove.

Eovaldi retired the first five batters he faced before loading the bases in the bottom the second on a hit and a pair of walks. Saunders took advantage, singling to right to give Arizona a 2-1 lead.

The Dodgers tied the game in the third when Eovaldi singled and scored a groundout by Ethier.

"I when you execute your pitch and they grind a whole, whether it's a broken-bat 10-foot hit or a broken bat 90-foot hit, you just have to turn the page as quick as you can," Saunders said. "You did your job but the guy is still on base."


Eovaldi is the sixth Dodgers player to make his major league debut this season. The 21-year-old also is one of six Los Angeles players 25 or younger. ... Arizona C Miguel Montero failed to reach base for the first time in 16 games. ... Dodgers SS Dee Gordon left the game in the bottom of the third after landing awkwardly on his right shoulder while tagging out Kelly Johnson in a rundown. He remained on all fours for a few minutes before walking off the field without assistance and was replaced by Jamey Carroll. Dodgers medical staff ruled out a shoulder separation and said Gordon is day-to-day. "They told me I should have [thrown to Eovaldi covering first] but I play hard, man," Gordon said. "I felt like I could catch him."

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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Barajas
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

J. Upton
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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MLB Thursday winners and losers (0:57)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Dee Gordon, SS2010000 .236
    Jamey Carroll, SS3010013 .297
Casey Blake, 3B3100121 .245
Andre Ethier, RF5121000 .304
Matt Kemp, CF4010102 .317
Juan Rivera, 1B4211012 .256
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   a- Dioner Navarro, PH1000000 .201
    Scott Elbert, P0000000 .000
Aaron Miles, 2B4021001 .296
Rod Barajas, C4032002 .230
Tony Gwynn Jr., LF4000013 .257
Nate Eovaldi, P2110010 .500
   b- Trent Oeltjen, PH0000100 .231
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
   c- James Loney, PH-1B1000010 .251
a-flied out for Guerrier in the 9th
b-walked for Eovaldi in the 6th
c-struck out for Hawksworth in the 8th
2B - Juan Rivera (17, Saunders)
SH - Casey Blake (4)
RBI - Andre Ethier (50), Juan Rivera (35), Aaron Miles (29), Rod Barajas 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (12)
CS - Matt Kemp (5, 2nd base by Saunders/Montero)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Dodgers
Nate Eovaldi (W,1-0) 5422270 3.60
Blake Hawksworth (H,7) 2000030 3.00
Matt Guerrier (H,13) 1211000 4.20
Scott Elbert (S,2) 1100000 3.26
WP - Scott Elbert (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Eovaldi 77-48, Blake Hawksworth 18-14, Matt Guerrier 16-10, Scott Elbert 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 1-6, Blake Hawksworth 1-2, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Scott Elbert 2-1
Batters Faced - Nate Eovaldi 20, Blake Hawksworth 6, Matt Guerrier 5, Scott Elbert 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Willie Bloomquist, SS4100014 .275
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010012 .214
Justin Upton, RF4011020 .298
Chris Young, CF4000001 .243
Miguel Montero, C4000020 .270
Ryan Roberts, 3B3110110 .261
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4110021 .222
Gerardo Parra, LF3000111 .286
Joe Saunders, P2022000 .200
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Sean Burroughs, PH1010000 .237
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Hernandez in the 8th
2B - Justin Upton (31, Guerrier), Ryan Roberts (16, Elbert)
RBI - Justin Upton (68), Joe Saunders 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton (33), Joe Saunders 2 (3)
CS - Kelly Johnson (3, 2nd base by Eovaldi/Barajas)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Bloomquist-Johnson-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
Joe Saunders (L,8-9) 5.1844140 3.67
Brad Ziegler 1.1211210 2.43
Bryan Shaw 0.1100000 3.09
David Hernandez 1100020 2.94
Joe Paterson 1000000 3.16
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 98-58, Brad Ziegler 32-17, Bryan Shaw 10-7, David Hernandez 20-15, Joe Paterson 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 7-4, Brad Ziegler 2-1, Joe Paterson 1-2
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 24, Brad Ziegler 8, Bryan Shaw 2, David Hernandez 4, Joe Paterson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33239
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Brian O'Nora