Los Angeles at Arizona

Los Angeles
W: C. Anderson (2-0) L: C. Kershaw (2-1)
HR: LAD - Y. Puig (9),C. Crawford (3)   ARI - C. Owings (2),P. Goldschmidt (8),E. Chavez (2),A. Pollock (5),P. Goldschmidt (9)

Goldschmidt homers twice, Diamondbacks crush Dodgers

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks jumped on one of baseball's best pitchers early and kept bashing, knocking off records along the way.

Not a bad way to show off for their new Hall of Fame executive.

Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, had a career-high six RBIs and set a team record with five runs scored, helping the Diamondbacks bash the Los Angeles Dodgers 18-7 on Saturday night in their first game since hiring Tony La Russa.

"We hadn't really broken out this year and tonight we did," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Anybody they threw at us, we were patient, got good pitches to hit and hammered them."

Hoping to shake out of an early season funk, the Diamondbacks announced before the game that they had hired La Russa as their chief baseball officer.

Once it started, Arizona showed off its offensive capabilities by beating up on Clayton Kershaw (2-1), scoring seven runs in the second inning against the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

The Dodgers came storming back with a five-run sixth to pull within 9-7, but Arizona kept hitting to set team records for runs, hits in a nine-inning game (21), extra-base hits (13) and triples in an inning (3 in the second).

Goldschmidt was the catalyst, hitting a three-run homer in the seventh inning, a two-run shot in the eighth and adding two doubles to finish 4 for 5.

Chris Owings finished a single shy of the cycle, Martin Prado had three RBIs and Chase Anderson (2-0) pitched into the sixth inning for Arizona. A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez also homered, helping the Diamondbacks emphatically end a seven-game home losing streak to Los Angeles.

"It was nice because we hadn't been scoring much lately, this entire year," Goldschmidt said. "We've had better at-bats lately and tonight was a really, really good effort."

The Dodgers tried to keep up even after the second-shortest outing of Kershaw's career.

Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer to set one Dodgers record, tie another and stretch his hitting streak to 16 games. Carl Crawford also hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers had 13 hits.

They just couldn't seem to keep the Diamondbacks from racing around the bases, going through five pitchers before turning to catcher Drew Butera to pitch in the eighth inning.

"We just paid for our mistakes tonight," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "Give them a lot of credit they swung the bats extremely well. Anytime we were in the middle of the plate, they didn't miss it. That is what good teams do. That is a good team over there."

Kershaw was solid in two starts off the disabled list and looked good in the first inning against the Diamondbacks, striking out two.

It quickly fell apart in the second inning.

Arizona followed Kershaw's second walk of the season by pounding baseballs to the gaps, including three triples and a double.

Cliff Pennington had the first triple, driving in two runs, then Pollock and Owings followed with run-scoring triples. Goldschmidt added a run-scoring double and Tuffy Gosewich and Prado had RBI singles, chasing Kershaw after 1 2-3 innings.

Kershaw allowed seven runs -- three more than his season total -- and six hits, with three strikeouts, two walks and a balk.

"It's kind of shocking anytime he has an inning like that," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "You expect him to go seven or eight (innings) and give up two or three runs or less. If you can score you have a good chance of winning. It's definitely not the norm with him."

Anderson won his major league debut against the Chicago White Sox last Sunday, but wasn't quite as sharp against the Dodgers.

Puig hit the first pitch he saw in the third inning well over the wall in left-center, the team-record eighth straight game he has had an extra-base hit and run batted in. It's the first such streak of nine games in the majors since Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria did it in 2009.

Puig's eight straight games with an RBI matched the team record held by four others, most recently Adrian Beltre in 2004.

Anderson was lifted after giving up a three-run homer to Crawford and the Dodgers pulled within 9-7 on a two-run double by Andre Ethier off Evan Marshall.

Anderson allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

"I had to battle pretty much from pitch 1 today, but the offense came through and put up a lot of runs," Anderson said. "It's nice when you have that."


Arizona 2B Aaron Hill was scratched from the lineup with a sore right shoulder. ... Puig has six homers and 21 RBIs during his hitting streak. ... The last team to have three triples in an inning was Houston in the first inning against Washington on April 19, 2012. ... Arizona RHP Josh Collmenter will start the series finale against the Dodgers. He is 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA in his last four starts. RHP Dan Haren, who pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2008-10, will pitch for the Dodgers after allowing three runs in seven innings.

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Paul Goldschmidt homers twice, to go with a career-high six RBI and a team record of five runs scored. (USATSI)
Paul Goldschmidt homers twice, to go with a career-high six RBI and a team record of five runs scored. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Crawford
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1

P. Goldschmidt
AB 5
R 5
H 4
HR 2

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Dee Gordon, 2B4110103 .313
Yasiel Puig, RF5112034 .329
   Scott Van Slyke, RF0000000 .269
Hanley Ramirez, SS5010001 .250
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4120100 .264
Matt Kemp, CF5120003 .271
Carl Crawford, LF5113023 .269
Juan Uribe, 3B4120012 .308
   Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
   Drew Butera, P0000000 .231
A.J. Ellis, C4110011 .176
Clayton Kershaw, P0000000 .286
   Jamey Wright, P1000000 .000
   a-Chone Figgins, PH1000001 .211
   Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   b-Andre Ethier, PH1012000 .265
   Chris Withrow, P0000000 .000
   Justin Turner, 3B1010000 .233
a-flied out for Wright in the 5th
b-doubled for League in the 6th
2B - Matt Kemp (11, Anderson), A.J. Ellis (1, Anderson), Andre Ethier (6, Marshall), Justin Turner (4, Ziegler)
HR - Yasiel Puig (9, Anderson), Carl Crawford (3, Anderson)
RBI - Yasiel Puig 2 (35), Carl Crawford 3 (13), Andre Ethier 2 (20)
Team LOB - 8
DP - H. Ramirez-Gonzalez
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw (L,2-1) 1.2677230 4.43
Jamey Wright 2.1522101 3.28
Brandon League 1100000 1.52
Chris Withrow 1.2455231 3.05
Chris Perez 0.2322122 5.09
Drew Butera 0.2222011 10.80
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 50-28, Jamey Wright 39-24, Brandon League 10-6, Chris Withrow 43-28, Chris Perez 26-13, Drew Butera 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 1-1, Jamey Wright 6-0, Brandon League 3-0, Chris Withrow 1-1, Drew Butera 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 13, Jamey Wright 12, Brandon League 4, Chris Withrow 11, Chris Perez 6, Drew Butera 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
A.J. Pollock, CF6342001 .302
Chris Owings, SS5432111 .277
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B5546110 .324
Cody Ross, LF2110311 .183
   Ender Inciarte, PR-LF1100000 .107
Martin Prado, 3B5133110 .259
Alfredo Marte, RF3000015 .313
   a-Gerardo Parra, PH-RF2011001 .274
Cliff Pennington, 2B5122024 .260
Tuffy Gosewisch, C5121010 .190
Chase Anderson, P2000002 .000
   Evan Marshall, P0000000 .000
   Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   Brad Ziegler, P1000010 .000
   b-Eric Chavez, PH1111000 .275
   Addison Reed, P0000000 .000
a-popped out for Marte in the 6th
b-homered for Ziegler in the 8th
2B - Chris Owings (9, Butera), Paul Goldschmidt 2 (18, Kershaw), Martin Prado (7, Withrow), Gerardo Parra (7, Perez)
3B - A.J. Pollock (3, Kershaw), Chris Owings (2, Kershaw), Cliff Pennington (1, Kershaw)
HR - A.J. Pollock (5, Perez), Chris Owings (2, Wright), Paul Goldschmidt 2 (9, Withrow), Eric Chavez (2, Perez)
SH - Chase Anderson (1)
RBI - A.J. Pollock 2 (11), Chris Owings 2 (6), Paul Goldschmidt 6 (32), Martin Prado 3 (16), Gerardo Parra (14), Cliff Pennington 2 (5), Tuffy Gosewisch (4), Eric Chavez (5)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pollock (3), Chris Owings (2), Paul Goldschmidt 4 (7), Martin Prado (7), Gerardo Parra (5)
SB - A.J. Pollock (6, 2nd base off Withrow/Ellis), Alfredo Marte (1, 2nd base off Wright/Ellis)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Owings-Pennington-Goldschmidt
E - Alfredo Marte (1, Dropped fly)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chase Anderson (W,2-0) 5.1755222 5.06
Evan Marshall 0.2320000 0.00
Joe Thatcher (H,2) 0.2100010 2.77
Brad Ziegler (H,10) 1.1100030 2.38
Addison Reed 1100010 4.79
WP - Chase Anderson 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chase Anderson 95-58, Evan Marshall 15-13, Joe Thatcher 16-11, Brad Ziegler 24-15, Addison Reed 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chase Anderson 4-9, Evan Marshall 1-2
Batters Faced - Chase Anderson 24, Evan Marshall 6, Joe Thatcher 3, Brad Ziegler 5, Addison Reed 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36688
Game Time - 3:55
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg