Puig has HR, 4 RBIs to help Dodgers beat Diamondbacks 8-4

LOS ANGELES (AP) Yasiel Puig has said he's matured, and that's why he's hit so well early this season. Whatever it is, the Los Angeles Dodgers will welcome more of it.

Puig homered and drove in four runs to help the Dodgers overcome a sloppy defensive game to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 on Saturday night to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day.

He also hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning, singled twice and walked for a team-high 10th time. This performance came with all the players wearing No. 42 in honor of Robinson, and Puig thinks he might have found a lucky charm in the number.

''I think I'm going to have to wear under my jersey every day,'' Puig said.

Puig's three-run home run in the eighth was his fourth of the season and came while the Dodgers were trying to hang on to a one-run lead.

Alex Wood (1-0) pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win and Kenley Jansen got the last four outs for his third save of the season.

Los Angeles went ahead 5-4 in the fifth on catcher Chris Herrmann's throwing error - one of five errors in the game - before Puig padded the lead with his three-run shot in the eighth off closer Fernando Rodney.

Austin Barnes also went deep for the Dodgers, getting his first career homer.

Nick Ahmed homered and drove in all four runs for Arizona, which had only five hits on the night.

''That's baseball,'' Arizona third baseman Jake Lamb said. ''You're going to score runs sometimes, you're going to put up one run and win the game sometimes. That's how the game works, so you can't sit here and get frustrated by the offense.''

Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin (1-2) started but struggled in his six innings, giving up five runs - three earned - and nine hits with three walks.

Kenta Maeda lasted only four innings for the Dodgers, allowing four runs and four hits with a walk. He went only five innings in each of his first two starts.

With runners on the corners in the fifth and the score tied 4-4, Scott Van Slyke broke from first on a steal attempt. Herrmann faked a throw to second and had Enrique Hernandez caught drifting down the third base line, but his throw to third hit Hernandez in the back and went into left field, allowing Hernandez to score.

The Dodgers opened the scoring with two runs in the first. Logan Forsythe doubled and scored on Seager's single to center. After Turner's league-best seventh double, Seager scored on Puig's sacrifice fly. Barnes' homer made it 3-0 in the second.

Arizona took a brief 4-3 lead in the fourth when Brandon Drury doubled and scored on Ahmed's single up the middle.

After Ahmed's homer, the Dodgers tied it back up in the bottom of the second with an unearned run. Van Slyke reached on Ahmed's throwing error, moved to third on Forsythe's single to center and scored on Seager's sacrifice fly. Los Angeles had the bases loaded with two outs, but Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop Ahmed to end the inning.

The Dodgers committed three errors on the night, and the Diamondbacks had two.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Forsythe left the game after the fourth inning for what the Dodgers called precautionary reasons after his right hamstring tightened up. He was 3 for 3. Said Forsythe: ''It didn't pop or grab so my level of concern is not high.''

UCLA CONNECTION

Both managers in this series played at UCLA, though never together. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo were reunited with ex-UCLA head coach Gary Adams prior to Saturday's game.

HERNANDEZ VERSATILITY

Hernandez showed his value. He started the night in left and later was moved to second, where he made a couple of excellent defensive plays, one in the eighth that saved a run when he caught an overhead fly in front of a charging Puig. Said Roberts: ''He's fearless. That was a huge out and it could have changed the game.''

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-1) starts the series finale. He's had one career start against the Dodgers, losing 5-2 on April 15, 2015.

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (1-0) comes off the disabled list to make his second start of the season. Hill developed a blister on his left index finger in his April 5 start against the Padres.

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  • W: A. Wood (1-0)L: P. Corbin (1-2)S: K. Jansen (3)
  • HR: ARI - N. Ahmed (1), LAD - Y. Puig (4), A. Barnes (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Hazelbaker CF30000010.545.615.6361.252-0.5
a- A. Pollock PH-CF10000001.213.229.383.6120.0
D. Peralta RF40000021.195.244.366.610-1.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100011.256.385.465.8502.5
J. Lamb 3B41100011.333.404.595.9991.5
B. Drury 2B41100012.300.317.400.7172.5
F. Rodney P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Descalso LF31000111.167.286.167.4521.5
N. Ahmed SS41241020.353.389.588.9779.0
C. Herrmann C40000011.200.250.200.450-0.5
P. Corbin P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- Y. Tomas PH10000011.278.316.528.844-0.5
J. De La Rosa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hoover P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Owings 2B0000-000.341.372.488.000-
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Hazelbaker in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Corbin in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Forsythe 2B31300000.310.408.357.7655.0
A. Wood P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
S. Romo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Avilan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Grandal C10000010.226.333.452.785-0.5
C. Seager SS32220100.333.404.578.9828.0
J. Turner 3B31100002.359.444.538.9835.0
Y. Puig RF31341100.333.440.6921.13214.0
A. Gonzalez 1B40000116.237.356.289.6450.5
T. Thompson CF-LF50000023.000.000.000.000-1.0
E. Hernandez LF-2B41100001.231.333.462.7953.0
A. Barnes C41111011.214.313.571.8845.5
K. Jansen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Maeda P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
a- S. Van Slyke PH-LF11000100.143.294.214.5084.0
b- J. Pederson PH-CF10000010.241.343.379.722-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Maeda in the 4th
  • b-struck out for Van Slyke in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Drury (2)
  • HR - N. Ahmed
  • RBI - N. Ahmed 4 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Ahmed
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Forsythe (2), C. Seager (5), J. Turner (7), E. Hernandez (3)
  • HR - Y. Puig (4), A. Barnes
  • SF - C. Seager, Y. Puig (2)
  • RBI - C. Seager 2 (10), Y. Puig 4 (10), A. Barnes
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Puig 3 (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - P. Goldschmidt (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig (2), S. Van Slyke
FIELDING
  • E - N. Ahmed, C. Herrmann
FIELDING
  • E - E. Hernandez (2), C. Seager (2), J. Turner
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Corbin (L, 1-2)6.09533312.812.002.5
J. De La Rosa1.00000103.600.003.5
J. Hoover0.20000203.860.001.0
F. Rodney0.123311112.469.00-5.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Corbin (L, 1-2)6.0
J. De La Rosa1.0
J. Hoover0.2
F. Rodney0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda4.04441517.071.255.5
A. Wood (W, 1-0)3.10000301.000.0017.5
S. Romo0.01000002.700.00-1.0
L. Avilan (H, 3)0.10000100.000.000.5
K. Jansen (S, 3)1.10000303.860.0011.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda4.0
A. Wood (W, 1-0)3.1
S. Romo0.0
L. Avilan (H, 3)0.1
K. Jansen (S, 3)1.1
PITCHING
  • IBB - P. Corbin
  • HBP - P. Corbin, F. Rodney
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Corbin 95-58, J. De La Rosa 13-9, J. Hoover 7-6, F. Rodney 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Corbin 10-6, J. De La Rosa 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Corbin 32, J. De La Rosa 3, J. Hoover 2, F. Rodney 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 71-45, A. Wood 41-29, S. Romo 3-3, L. Avilan 4-3, K. Jansen 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 2-5, A. Wood 8-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 17, A. Wood 12, S. Romo, L. Avilan, K. Jansen 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Hazelbaker CF30000010.545.615.6361.252-0.5
a- A. Pollock PH-CF10000001.213.229.383.6120.0
D. Peralta RF40000021.195.244.366.610-1.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100011.256.385.465.8502.5
J. Lamb 3B41100011.333.404.595.9991.5
B. Drury 2B41100012.300.317.400.7172.5
F. Rodney P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Descalso LF31000111.167.286.167.4521.5
N. Ahmed SS41241020.353.389.588.9779.0
C. Herrmann C40000011.200.250.200.450-0.5
P. Corbin P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- Y. Tomas PH10000011.278.316.528.844-0.5
J. De La Rosa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hoover P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Owings 2B0000-000.341.372.488.000-
Total3445411129-----
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Hazelbaker in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Corbin in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Forsythe 2B31300000.310.408.357.7655.0
A. Wood P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
S. Romo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Avilan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Grandal C10000010.226.333.452.785-0.5
C. Seager SS32220100.333.404.578.9828.0
J. Turner 3B31100002.359.444.538.9835.0
Y. Puig RF31341100.333.440.6921.13214.0
A. Gonzalez 1B40000116.237.356.289.6450.5
T. Thompson CF-LF50000023.000.000.000.000-1.0
E. Hernandez LF-2B41100001.231.333.462.7953.0
A. Barnes C41111011.214.313.571.8845.5
K. Jansen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Maeda P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
a- S. Van Slyke PH-LF11000100.143.294.214.5084.0
b- J. Pederson PH-CF10000010.241.343.379.722-0.5
Total34811724714-----
  • a-grounded out for Maeda in the 4th
  • b-struck out for Van Slyke in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Drury (2)
  • HR - N. Ahmed
  • RBI - N. Ahmed 4 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Ahmed
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Forsythe (2), C. Seager (5), J. Turner (7), E. Hernandez (3)
  • HR - Y. Puig (4), A. Barnes
  • SF - C. Seager, Y. Puig (2)
  • RBI - C. Seager 2 (10), Y. Puig 4 (10), A. Barnes
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Puig 3 (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - P. Goldschmidt (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig (2), S. Van Slyke
FIELDING
  • E - N. Ahmed, C. Herrmann
FIELDING
  • E - E. Hernandez (2), C. Seager (2), J. Turner
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Corbin (L, 1-2)6.09533312.812.002.5
J. De La Rosa1.00000103.600.003.5
J. Hoover0.20000203.860.001.0
F. Rodney0.123311112.469.00-5.5
Total8.01186472---
PITCHERSIP
P. Corbin (L, 1-2)6.0
J. De La Rosa1.0
J. Hoover0.2
F. Rodney0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda4.04441517.071.255.5
A. Wood (W, 1-0)3.10000301.000.0017.5
S. Romo0.01000002.700.00-1.0
L. Avilan (H, 3)0.10000100.000.000.5
K. Jansen (S, 3)1.10000303.860.0011.5
Total9.05441121---
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda4.0
A. Wood (W, 1-0)3.1
S. Romo0.0
L. Avilan (H, 3)0.1
K. Jansen (S, 3)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - P. Corbin
  • HBP - P. Corbin, F. Rodney
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Corbin 95-58, J. De La Rosa 13-9, J. Hoover 7-6, F. Rodney 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Corbin 10-6, J. De La Rosa 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Corbin 32, J. De La Rosa 3, J. Hoover 2, F. Rodney 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 71-45, A. Wood 41-29, S. Romo 3-3, L. Avilan 4-3, K. Jansen 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 2-5, A. Wood 8-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 17, A. Wood 12, S. Romo, L. Avilan, K. Jansen 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Puig homered to left, Seager and Turner scored48
  • 4TH INNING
    Seager hit sacrifice fly to left, Van Slyke scored44
    Ahmed singled to center, Drury scored43
  • 2ND INNING
    Barnes homered to left33
    Ahmed homered to left center, Lamb and Descalso scored32
  • 1ST INNING
    Puig hit sacrifice fly to right, Seager scored, Turner to third02
    Seager singled to center, Forsythe scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • K. Jansen Pitching:
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ahmed struck out looking
    • C. Herrmann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Herrmann struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Wood Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta grounded out to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Foul, Goldschmidt reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Lamb: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Lamb struck out swinging
    • B. Drury: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Goldschmidt stole second, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Drury popped out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoover Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Seager doubled to deep left
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner hit by pitch
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Puig homered to left, Seager and Turner scored
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • T. Thompson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Wood Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Ahmed struck out on foul tip
    • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Ball, Herrmann safe at first on shortstop Hernandez fielding error
    • Y. Tomas: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tomas struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pollock grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Herrmann out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. De La Rosa Pitching:
    • T. Thompson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hernandez flied out to deep right
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Barnes grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Wood Pitching:
    • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Lamb flied out to left
    • B. Drury: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Drury grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Descalso grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to first
    • J. Turner: Ball, Turner flied out to deep right
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Puig walked
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Puig stole second, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Wood Pitching:
    • P. Corbin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Corbin struck out looking
    • J. Hazelbaker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hazelbaker safe at first on 3rd baseman Turner fielding error
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Peralta reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Hazelbaker out at third on shortstop Seager fielding error
    • P. Goldschmidt: Pickoff attempt, Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • T. Thompson: Ball, Thompson popped out to second
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hernandez doubled to shallow right
    • A. Barnes: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez to third on wild pitch
    • S. Van Slyke: Ball, Ball, Van Slyke intentionally walked
    • A. Wood: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Van Slyke stole, Strike looking, Wood struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • J. Lamb: Foul, Ball, Lamb popped out to shortstop
    • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Drury doubled to deep right
    • D. Descalso: Descalso lined out to left
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Ahmed singled to center, Drury scored
    • C. Herrmann: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Herrmann flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • A. Barnes: Barnes flied out to right
    • S. Van Slyke: Van Slyke safe at first on shortstop Ahmed fielding error
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe singled to right center, Van Slyke to third
    • C. Seager: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager hit sacrifice fly to left, Van Slyke scored
    • J. Turner: Ball, Turner hit by pitch, Forsythe to second
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig singled to left, Forsythe to third, Turner to second
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • J. Hazelbaker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hazelbaker struck out looking
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig singled to center
    • A. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop, Puig to second
    • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Thompson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Puig out at third
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lamb singled to center
    • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked, Lamb to second
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed homered to left center, Lamb and Descalso scored
    • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Herrmann flied out to center
    • P. Corbin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Corbin grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Barnes homered to left
    • K. Maeda: Strike looking, Strike looking, Maeda grounded out to third
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Forsythe singled to left
    • C. Seager: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager walked, Forsythe to second
    • J. Turner: Turner lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • J. Hazelbaker: Strike looking, Hazelbaker grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Peralta struck out looking
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Forsythe doubled to deep right
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Seager singled to center, Forsythe scored
    • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner doubled to right, Seager to third
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Puig hit sacrifice fly to right, Seager scored, Turner to third
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • T. Thompson: Ball, Thompson grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)