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D-Backs pull away, prevent Dodgers from clinching

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PHOENIX -- If the Los Angeles Dodgers are to clinch the NL West title in Arizona, they've got only one more chance.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run and the Diamondbacks blew the game open late to prevent Los Angeles from wrapping up the division with a 9-4 victory against the Dodgers on Wednesday night.

Goldschmidt's opposite-field two-run shot on a 3-2 pitch from Stephen Fife (4-4) in the first inning moved him into the NL lead with 34 home runs.

Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run calculated at 442 feet for the Dodgers, who have lost five of six and get one more chance to clinch in Arizona in the series finale Thursday.

The Diamondbacks want to send the Dodgers out of town with that celebratory champagne still on ice.

"It's still a pride thing," Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy said. "You understand where things stand but you don't want to see them celebrate. You knew coming into the season they were our competition, they're the ones who caught and passed us. ... If they go somewhere else, then whatever happens is fine. You just don't want them to do it on your home field and have to sit there know what's going on.

"If you can get them out of here without having to see it, then all the better."

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez was ejected after Michael Young was called out at the plate in a close play in the sixth inning.

It was a difficult night, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, but his team remains in a great position with 10 games to play.

"We like where we are at," he said. "It is one game at a time. Tonight was a little bit frustrating. it was a frustrating game, but other than that, I am not really frustrated so much."

No worries, Gonzalez said.

"We are fine," he said. "Win tomorrow. If not, we will win two in San Diego."

McCarthy (5-9) went six-plus innings to get the victory. He gave up two runs and scattered 10 hits.

Tim Federowicz drove in two runs with a home run and RBI double.

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson was glad that a national television audience got to see Goldschmidt -- who is the runaway NL RBI leader with 118 and is hitting .305 -- excel.

Gibson hopes the late exposure will help in the MVP voting.

"We were on ESPN tonight and I wanted Goldy to have a good game," Gibson said. "They're talking about other very good candidates. We're certainly biased here. He proves it day in, day out. He's everything you could want. He's certainly deserving of Most Valuable Player."

Arizona led 4-3 before blowing the game open with five runs in the eighth inning off Ronald Belisario, the sixth of seven pitchers used in the game by Los Angeles. Adam Eaton had a two-run single, Aaron Hill and Martin Prado each an RBI double and Chris Owings walked with the bases loaded.

Fife got the start in place of Clayton Kershaw, whose outing was pushed back three days to Saturday's game at San Diego to give him some extra late-season rest. Fife never made it out of the third, giving up a two-run homer to Goldschmidt in the first and a two more runs in the third as Arizona took a 4-0 lead. He allowed four runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings, walking two and hitting two batters.

Gonzalez was tossed by second base umpire Andy Fletcher in the top of the sixth inning after Michael Young attempted to score from first on Gonzalez's double. Young was called out by first base umpire Jim Joyce, catcher Miguel Montero taking the shortstop Owings' relay throw and put down the tag although replays showed Young's hand appeared to touch the plate

Gonzalez said he was criticizing the call because he didn't think Joyce got into position to see the play.

"I got to second base and I could see clearly that he was safe," Gonzalez said. "I said, 'Let's go. If you guys are going to switch, hustle so you can make the call.' That is when he threw me out."

Notes

The Diamondbacks stranded 14 runners, leaving the bases loaded three times. ... Goldschmidt's 34 home runs tie him with Steve Finley for seventh on the Arizona career list. ... In the last meeting of the teams' this season, the Dodgers will send RHP Ricky Nolasco (13-10, 3.36 ERA) to the mound Monday while LHP Wade Miley (10-10, 3.70) will go for the Diamondback.. ... Gonzalez was ejected for the third time in his career, first this season.

 
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Adrian Gonzalez, shown after his ejection in the sixth inning, and Don Mattingly will have to wait another day to clinch. (USATSI)
Adrian Gonzalez, shown after his ejection in the sixth inning, and Don Mattingly will have to wait another day to clinch. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

A. Eaton
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Los Angeles

Y. Puig
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yasiel Puig, RF4131000 .336
Carl Crawford, LF3110000 .281
   a-Scott Van Slyke, PH-LF1000001 .248
Michael Young, 3B-1B4020000 .281
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3021000 .294
   Juan Uribe, PR-3B1000000 .273
Matt Kemp, CF4010012 .274
   Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
Mark Ellis, 2B3000013 .271
   Paco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   Dee Gordon, 2B1000000 .238
Nick Punto, SS4110002 .258
Tim Federowicz, C4122000 .242
Stephen Fife, P1000010 .059
   Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   b-Nick Buss, PH1000000 .167
   Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   Skip Schumaker, 2B-CF1000000 .269
Totals35412403  
a-grounded into a double play for Crawford in the 7th
b-popped out for Marmol in the 5th
Batting
2B - Yasiel Puig (21, McCarthy), Adrian Gonzalez (31, McCarthy), Tim Federowicz (8, McCarthy)
HR - Yasiel Puig (17, McCarthy), Tim Federowicz (4, Ziegler)
SH - Skip Schumaker (3)
RBI - Yasiel Puig (39), Adrian Gonzalez (98), Tim Federowicz 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Tim Federowicz (6)
PK - Yasiel Puig (2, McCarthy)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Punto-Gonzalez, Punto-Gonzalez-Punto-Schumaker-Young
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Stephen Fife (L,4-4) 2.1644321 3.86
Carlos Marmol 1.2000220 4.73
Brandon League 1.1200010 5.57
Paco Rodriguez 0.2000110 2.21
Brian Wilson 1100000 0.96
Ronald Belisario 0.1255300 4.13
Peter Moylan 0.2100100 6.46
IBB - Davidson by Paco Rodriguez, Montero by Ronald Belisario
WP - Stephen Fife 2 (6)
HBP - Davidson (by Stephen Fife), Hill (by Carlos Marmol)
Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Fife 69-40, Carlos Marmol 35-15, Brandon League 20-13, Paco Rodriguez 12-5, Brian Wilson 10-5, Ronald Belisario 20-5, Peter Moylan 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Fife 3-2, Carlos Marmol 1-1, Brandon League 2-1, Paco Rodriguez 1-0, Brian Wilson 1-1
Batters Faced - Stephen Fife 18, Carlos Marmol 7, Brandon League 6, Paco Rodriguez 3, Brian Wilson 3, Ronald Belisario 6, Peter Moylan 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, LF5123111 .262
A.J. Pollock, CF5120106 .259
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4122114 .305
Aaron Hill, 2B4121004 .303
Miguel Montero, C2200213 .239
Matt Davidson, 3B1010200 .235
   Martin Prado, 3B1111000 .278
Gerardo Parra, RF4201127 .263
Chris Owings, SS4011103 .250
Brandon McCarthy, P2000110 .030
   Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
   Chaz Roe, P0000000 .000
   Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   a-Willie Bloomquist, PH1010000 .339
   David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   b-Eric Chavez, PH1000003 .284
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
Totals349129106  
a-singled for Thatcher in the 7th
b-flied out for Hernandez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam Eaton (10, Fife), Aaron Hill (21, Belisario), Martin Prado (34, Belisario)
HR - Paul Goldschmidt (34, Fife)
RBI - Adam Eaton 3 (19), Paul Goldschmidt 2 (118), Aaron Hill (41), Martin Prado (76), Gerardo Parra (45), Chris Owings (2)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (11)
SB - A.J. Pollock (12, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Federowicz), Paul Goldschmidt (15, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Federowicz)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Eaton 1
DP - Davidson-Hill-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon McCarthy (W,5-9) 61033031 4.57
Tony Sipp (H,3) 0.1000000 3.93
Chaz Roe 0100000 3.12
Joe Thatcher (H,15) 0.2000000 3.26
David Hernandez (H,15) 1000000 4.79
Brad Ziegler 1111001 2.36
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 76-54, Tony Sipp 5-3, Chaz Roe 2-2, Joe Thatcher 7-4, David Hernandez 12-9, Brad Ziegler 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 4-9, Tony Sipp 1-0, Joe Thatcher 1-0, David Hernandez 1-2, Brad Ziegler 2-1
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 26, Tony Sipp 1, Chaz Roe 1, Joe Thatcher 1, David Hernandez 3, Brad Ziegler 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27305
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 98
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Rob Drake