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"When you get a chance to win the game, you want to come through for your team," Goldschmidt said. "Once we got to 3-2, he threw me five fastballs and I was just trying to fight them off. He's got that really good slider and split-finger, so I was trying to make sure that in case he threw that to just step back a little bit."
Three nights earlier, League gave up a game-ending home run by Guillermo Quiroz in a 10-9 loss to the Giants.
"Top of the ninth, tie game at home is pretty much a save situation. You've got to hold the game so you can walk 'em off in the bottom of the ninth," League said. "My plan was to get Goldschmidt to ground into a double play. That's an example of what happens when you throw a [lousy] pitch. Mechanics are not the issue right now. I'm not all over the strike zone. I'm just not executing what I need to execute."
David Hernandez (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory. Arizona closer J.J. Putz left with stiffness in his right elbow after issuing a leadoff walk in the ninth to Nick Punto, but Heath Bell got three outs for his second save after getting all the time he needed to warm up.
"I think the last time that happened to me was in 2010, when I came in for Mike Adams after he felt something in his elbow," Bell said. "But tonight I had been warming up at that time to go in the game anyway if it was tied after nine. And as soon as I saw that something was going on, I got back up on the mound and started firing again."
Putz will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. If he is sidelined for any amount of time, at least the Diamondbacks have a bona fide closer to fill in. Bell averaged 44 saves during a three-year stretch with San Diego, including a career-high 47 in 2010, and made the All-Star team in each of those seasons.
"They brought me in to help out if J.J. needed a day off or if David needed a day off," Bell said. "I mean, you never want to see anybody hurt. But unfortunately, if he has to take some time on the DL, I think myself and David can fill in real nicely."
Los Angeles starter Josh Beckett gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings with five strikeouts and two walks. The no-decision kept the three-time All-Star winless through his first seven starts of a season for the first time in his 13-year career. He is 0-4 with a 5.80 ERA.
Punto, the Dodgers' light-hitting utility man, hit a home run and tied the game with a seventh-inning double.
Beckett was trailing 3-2 and heading for his 100th career loss when Punto got him off the hook with a drive to the alley in right-center against Brandon McCarthy. It scored Skip Schumaker all the way from first base after his leadoff walk -- the only one allowed by McCarthy. The right-hander gave up three runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings and struck out three.
Punto's second-inning home run, his first with the Dodgers, gave him as many through the first 32 games as slugger Matt Kemp, who hit a career-high 39 two years ago. Punto extended his home run streak to 12 consecutive seasons -- nine of which he has had only one. In 998 major-league games he has hit a home run 16 times in 2,818 regular-season at-bats, including a career-high four in 2005 with Minnesota.
"I've seen him do that before. Unfortunately for him, it hasn't happened too many times," said Arizona outfielder Jason Kubel, who played with Punto for seven seasons in Minnesota. "He hits balls hard in BP, so I know it's there. He knows he can."
The Diamondbacks scored a run in each of the first two innings, only to see the Dodgers respond with a run in the bottom half both times. Punto tied it at 2, driving a 3-2 pitch into the lower seats in the right-field corner and snapping a home run drought of 157 at-bats since his previous one on June 2, 2012, against Toronto's Carlos Villanueva.
Beckett gave up a leadoff hit in each of the first five innings, including doubles by Parra in the first and Eric Chavez in the second. Parra scored on Goldschmidt's groundout and Chavez came home on Kubel's single.
Arizona regained the lead in the fifth when Gregorius led off with a single, Goldschmidt walked and Chavez came through with an RBI single.
|Gerardo Parra, who leads off the ninth with a walk congratulates Paul Goldschmidt on his deciding home run. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Gerardo Parra, CF||4||2||2||0||1||1||4||.300|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||4||1||3||0||0||1||1||.436|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||4||1||1||3||1||1||2||.314|
|Miguel Montero, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.202|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||4||1||2||1||1||1||1||.275|
|Cody Ross, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.269|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||0||1||1||0||2||4||.275|
|Cliff Pennington, 2B||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.216|
|a- Martin Prado, PH-2B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.234|
|Brandon McCarthy, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Tony Sipp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.231|
|David Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.J. Putz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-was walked intentionally for Pennington in the 8th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice for Sipp in the 8th|
|2B - Gerardo Parra (10, Beckett), Eric Chavez (4, Beckett)|
|HR - Paul Goldschmidt (7, League)|
|SH - Didi Gregorius (1), Brandon McCarthy (1)|
|RBI - Paul Goldschmidt 3 (27), Eric Chavez (12), Jason Kubel (9)|
|SB - Eric Chavez (1, 2nd base off Jansen/Hernandez)|
|CS - Gerardo Parra (5, 2nd base by Beckett/Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Pennington-Gregorius-Goldschmidt|
|David Hernandez (W,2-2)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||4.02|
|Heath Bell (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.73|
|IBB - Ethier by David Hernandez|
|WP - Heath Bell (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 101-71, Tony Sipp 5-4, David Hernandez 16-8, J.J. Putz 4-0, Heath Bell 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 10-5, Heath Bell 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 27, Tony Sipp 2, David Hernandez 5, J.J. Putz 1, Heath Bell 3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||0||1||0||0||0||3||.304|
|Dee Gordon, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||3||.267|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.273|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.340|
|Andre Ethier, RF||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.243|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.045|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.135|
|Brandon League, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nick Punto, 3B-2B||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||.368|
|Josh Beckett, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.125|
|J.P. Howell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Justin Sellers, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.191|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.234|
|a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Howell in the 7th|
|2B - Matt Kemp (7, Hernandez), Nick Punto (3, McCarthy)|
|HR - Nick Punto (1, McCarthy)|
|SH - Justin Sellers (1)|
|RBI - Andre Ethier (10), Nick Punto 2 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (7)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Punto-Schumaker-Gonzalez|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Brandon League (L,0-2)||1||1||2||2||1||2||1||5.40|
|IBB - Prado by Kenley Jansen|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 105-65, J.P. Howell 10-6, Kenley Jansen 18-7, Brandon League 27-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 6-6, J.P. Howell 1-1, Kenley Jansen 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 28, J.P. Howell 3, Kenley Jansen 5, Brandon League 5|
|Attendance - 33611|
|Game Time - 3:26|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Gary Darling|