Verdugo, bullpen help Dodgers end skids, 2-1 over D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is confident his struggling team is ready to get rolling. Maybe a gritty 2-1 win Wednesday over the Arizona Diamondbacks was a start.

''Tonight's the night it turns,'' Roberts predicted before the game, with his club five games under .500.

The defending NL champions stopped a four-game losing streak and won after eight consecutive regular-season losses at Chase Field, home to the top team in the National League. But a much-needed victory came with more adversity, as starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was injured early.

A youngster and a struggling bullpen picked up Ryu, as Alex Verdugo doubled and scored twice, and the Dodgers' relief corps came through.

Verdugo, a 21-year-old outfielder from Tucson, scored a key insurance run in the eighth inning. He doubled off reliever T.J. McFarland, beat the throw to third on a wild pitch and came home on Yasmani Grandal's sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

''I was just looking for any ball in the dirt to do exactly what I did,'' Verdugo said. ''Get me on third base for Grandal with one out, and most of the time he comes through for us, so it was a big at-bat on him.''

In the first, Verdugo doubled with one out and scored on Cody Bellinger's single off Zack Godley (4-2), who allowed five hits in six effective innings.

Three of the five Dodgers relievers had allowed at least a run in their previous outing, but all five combined to limit the Diamondbacks for 7 2/3 innings, including Kenley Jansen's fourth save in six chances.

''They got the MVP for the night,'' Roberts said about his bullpen. ''They've taken a lot of criticism and obviously they haven't performed. We had no margin for error essentially. ... Each one of those guys stepped up.''

The injury-depleted Dodgers led 1-0 when Ryu, their most successful starter this season at 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA, exited with a left groin strain.

Ryu had two strikeouts and a hit and a walk allowed in 1 1/3 innings.

Pedro Baez relieved first and held the Diamondbacks scoreless for 2 2/3 innings, tying a career high for his longest outing. He worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth.

Ex-Diamondback Daniel Hudson (1-0) tossed two innings and Tony Cingrani one. Josh Fields escaped a one-out, two-on situation in the eighth by inducing a double-play grounder from hot-hitting A.J. Pollock.

The Dodgers squandered opportunities themselves, grounding into three double plays.

Arizona rallied in the ninth against Jansen, who walked Daniel Descalso with two outs. Descalso scored on John Ryan Murphy's soft single.

With pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson at second, Jansen got pinch-hitter Alex Avila to fly out, ending the game.

''We built some innings but unfortunately we couldn't drive in some runs,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''Hitting with men in scoring position is a very challenging situation in baseball and we just unfortunately didn't do it.''

SHORTSTOP SHORT-HOP

Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez started the double play in the eighth when he backhanded Pollock's hard-hit ball that looked bound for left field and a run batted in.

''It's play of the year up to this point, for me,'' Roberts said.

''You need to knock it down. You need to keep it in front of you,'' Hernandez said. ''I was able to stay down and make a play.''

POLLOCK RECOGNIZED

Pollock was chosen National League player of the month for April. He had nine homers, 19 extra-base hits, 24 RBIs and an OPS of 1.021 in March and April.

''It was a great piece of recognition that he got and deserved,'' Lovullo said. ''The first thing that came out of his mouth was, `It's great, but we're winning games and that's the most important thing.'''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Tom Koehler, on the 60-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, is throwing from 75 feet. ... OF Yasiel Puig (left hip bruise) could be back by May 8. ... INF Logan Forsythe (shoulder soreness) played at nearby Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers' spring home. He told Roberts he hopes to be ready for a rehab assignment this weekend. ... LHP Rich Hill (finger) could rejoin the rotation Sunday against San Diego in Mexico, Roberts said.

Diamondbacks: OF Steven Souza Jr. (pectoral strain) had two at-bats and played five innings in extended spring training. He threw from 150 feet and told Lovullo he felt ''fantastic.'' ... RHP Randall Delgado felt shoulder stiffness and had an injection Tuesday. He is on the disabled list with an oblique injury.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood looks for his first win of the season Thursday afternoon in the series finale. Wood (0-3) has a 5-4 career record against Arizona.

Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (4-0) struck out a career-high 12 against the Dodgers on April 4.

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  • b-struck out for Baez in the 5th
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  • a-walked for Marrero in the 9th
  • b-struck out for De La Rosa in the 7th
  • c-flied out for Bracho in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Verdugo 2 (3)
  • SF - Y. Grandal
  • RBI - Y. Grandal (21), C. Bellinger (15)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Peralta (7), A. Pollock (9), J. Murphy (3)
  • RBI - J. Murphy (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Murphy (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Dyson (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu1.11001202.120.882.0
P. Baez2.22001403.681.645.0
D. Hudson2.00000309.530.00-
T. Cingrani (H, 5)1.01000205.731.093.0
J. Fields (H, 3)1.01001001.881.051.0
K. Jansen (S, 4)1.01111005.561.687.0
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu1.1
P. Baez2.2
D. Hudson2.0
T. Cingrani (H, 5)1.0
J. Fields (H, 3)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Godley (L, 4-2)6.05113503.411.409.5
J. De La Rosa1.00000000.901.003.0
T. McFarland1.01110002.651.121.0
S. Bracho1.00000101.801.203.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Godley (L, 4-2)6.0
J. De La Rosa1.0
T. McFarland1.0
S. Bracho1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 30-17, P. Baez 42-26, D. Hudson 24-16, T. Cingrani 19-11, J. Fields 13-8, K. Jansen 19-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 1-1, P. Baez 1-3, D. Hudson 1-2, T. Cingrani 1-0, J. Fields 1-1, K. Jansen 2-1
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 6, P. Baez 11, D. Hudson 6, T. Cingrani 4, J. Fields 4, K. Jansen 5
PITCHING
  • WP - Z. Godley (3), T. McFarland (2)
  • HBP - J. De La Rosa
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Godley 100-56, J. De La Rosa 9-6, T. McFarland 22-13, S. Bracho 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Godley 7-3, J. De La Rosa 1-2, T. McFarland 1-2, S. Bracho 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Godley 23, J. De La Rosa 4, T. McFarland 4, S. Bracho 3
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C. Utley 2B20000011.262.372.400.772-0.5
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  • b-struck out for Baez in the 5th
  • c-grounded out for Hudson in the 7th
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N. Ahmed SS40000002.250.324.489.8130.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000121.255.378.472.8500.0
A. Pollock CF40200012.300.361.6911.0522.5
C. Owings RF40100012.232.300.341.6410.5
K. Marte 2B30000100.212.258.310.5681.0
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  • a-walked for Marrero in the 9th
  • b-struck out for De La Rosa in the 7th
  • c-flied out for Bracho in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Verdugo 2 (3)
  • SF - Y. Grandal
  • RBI - Y. Grandal (21), C. Bellinger (15)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Peralta (7), A. Pollock (9), J. Murphy (3)
  • RBI - J. Murphy (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Murphy (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Dyson (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu1.11001202.120.882.0
P. Baez2.22001403.681.645.0
D. Hudson2.00000309.530.00-
T. Cingrani (H, 5)1.01000205.731.093.0
J. Fields (H, 3)1.01001001.881.051.0
K. Jansen (S, 4)1.01111005.561.687.0
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PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu1.1
P. Baez2.2
D. Hudson2.0
T. Cingrani (H, 5)1.0
J. Fields (H, 3)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Godley (L, 4-2)6.05113503.411.409.5
J. De La Rosa1.00000000.901.003.0
T. McFarland1.01110002.651.121.0
S. Bracho1.00000101.801.203.5
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PITCHERSIP
Z. Godley (L, 4-2)6.0
J. De La Rosa1.0
T. McFarland1.0
S. Bracho1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 30-17, P. Baez 42-26, D. Hudson 24-16, T. Cingrani 19-11, J. Fields 13-8, K. Jansen 19-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 1-1, P. Baez 1-3, D. Hudson 1-2, T. Cingrani 1-0, J. Fields 1-1, K. Jansen 2-1
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 6, P. Baez 11, D. Hudson 6, T. Cingrani 4, J. Fields 4, K. Jansen 5
PITCHING
  • WP - Z. Godley (3), T. McFarland (2)
  • HBP - J. De La Rosa
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Godley 100-56, J. De La Rosa 9-6, T. McFarland 22-13, S. Bracho 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Godley 7-3, J. De La Rosa 1-2, T. McFarland 1-2, S. Bracho 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Godley 23, J. De La Rosa 4, T. McFarland 4, S. Bracho 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Murphy singled to left, Descalso scored21
  • 8TH INNING
    Grandal hit sacrifice fly to right, Verdugo scored20
  • 1ST INNING
    Bellinger singled to right, Verdugo scored, Grandal to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Silvino Bracho relieved T.J. McFarland
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Barnes popped out to second
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kenley Jansen relieved Josh Fields
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Owings grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to second
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Deven Marrero
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Descalso to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Foul, Murphy singled to left, Descalso scored
    • Jarrod Dyson ran for John Ryan Murphy
    • Alex Avila hit for Silvino Bracho
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Dyson stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Avila flied out to deep left
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • T.J. McFarland pitching
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pederson grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Verdugo doubled to deep left
    • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Verdugo to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Foul, Grandal hit sacrifice fly to right, Verdugo scored
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bellinger fouled out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Fields relieved Tony Cingrani
    • D. Peralta: Peralta doubled to deep right
    • N. Ahmed: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ahmed lined out to right, Peralta to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • A. Pollock: Pollock grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Goldschmidt out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jorge De La Rosa relieved Zack Godley
    • Austin Barnes hit for Chase Utley
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Barnes hit by pitch
    • E. Hernandez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Hernandez popped out to third
    • M. Muncy: Muncy lined out to right
    • Kyle Farmer hit for Daniel Hudson
    • K. Farmer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Farmer grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tony Cingrani pitching
    • K. Marte: Marte grounded out to second
    • D. Marrero: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Murphy doubled to deep right
    • Christian Walker hit for Jorge De La Rosa
    • C. Walker: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Godley Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger singled to right
    • M. Kemp: Kemp grounded into double play third to second to first, Bellinger out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pollock struck out looking
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Owings grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Godley Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Muncy singled to center, Hernandez to third
    • Chris Taylor hit for Pedro Baez
    • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pederson walked, Muncy to second
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Verdugo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Pederson out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Daniel Hudson pitching
    • Z. Godley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Godley struck out on foul tip
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Peralta flied out to right
    • N. Ahmed: Ahmed fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Godley Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grandal fouled out to third
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Bellinger grounded out to first
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kemp singled to left
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Utley struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • P. Baez Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Goldschmidt lined out to left
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pollock doubled to left center
    • C. Owings: Foul, Ball, Owings singled to shallow left, Pollock to third
    • K. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte walked, Owings to second
    • D. Marrero: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
    • J. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Murphy popped out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Godley Pitching:
    • P. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pederson grounded out to first
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Foul, Verdugo grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Baez Pitching:
    • Z. Godley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Godley struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike swinging, Peralta flied out to deep center
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Godley Pitching:
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Utley flied out to right
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Muncy lined out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Marte grounded out to first
    • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Foul
    • Marrero struck out swinging
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Godley Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pederson grounded out to third
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Verdugo doubled to deep right
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Verdugo to third on wild pitch, Ball, Grandal walked
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger singled to right, Verdugo scored, Grandal to third
    • M. Kemp: Kemp grounded into double play third to second to first, Bellinger out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Peralta walked
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ahmed lined out to left
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pollock singled to left, Peralta to third
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)