Lamb’s two homers help D-backs cool off Dodgers

Sports Xchange

August 08, 2017 at 9:57 pm.

PHOENIX — Arizona third baseman Jake Lamb had two homers and five RBIs, and his go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning lifted the Diamondbacks to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on Tuesday.

Chris Iannetta singled to open the seventh inning. Adam Rosales was hit by a one-out pitch from left-hander Tony Watson (5-4) before the Dodgers intentionally walked A.J. Pollock to load the bases, bringing up the left-handed-hitting Lamb.

Lamb, batting .143 in 91 at-bats against lefties this season, pulled a breaking ball off the right field foul pole for a 6-3 lead.

Justin Turner had two homers for the Dodgers (79-33), who had won 44 of their previous 51. They have the third-best 52-game stretch in modern history, behind the 1912 New York Giants and the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

Iannetta had two hits and a homer for Arizona (64-48), which moved one-half game ahead of the Colorado Rockies to lead the NL wild-card race. The D-backs are 37-18 at home, the second-best home record in the majors behind the Dodgers’ 47-13 mark.

David Hernandez (1-0) struck out the only batter he faced in the seventh inning for his first victory since rejoining the D-backs at the trade deadline.

Fernando Rodney recorded his 26th save.

Arizona starter Zack Godley gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda gave up four hits and one run in five innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Turner hit his first homer with one out in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie.

Cody Bellinger followed with a double and scored on a two-out single by Logan Forsythe for a 2-0 lead.

The Dodgers posted at least two extra-base hits in a 52nd consecutive game, the longest streak since at least 1913, according to STATS LLC.

Iannetta hit his ninth homer of the season off Maeda leading off the fifth inning to make it 2-1.

Ketel Marte followed with a single and took third on an errant Maeda pickoff throw, but Maeda got out of the inning with a strikeout, a grounder to the mound and a fly out. Arizona was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in the first five innings after leading two on in the first.

Turner’s second homer, his 15th of the year, with one out in the fifth inning made it 2-1.

NOTES: LHP Clayton Kershaw (lower back strain) played catch Tuesday afternoon after rejoining the Dodgers on the road. He is expected to throw again Wednesday before a possible bullpen session this weekend, manager Dave Roberts said. Kershaw has been on the disabled list since July 28. … LHP Robbie Ray (concussion protocol) threw a 28-pitch bullpen session at Arizona’s spring training facility Monday. He has not pitched since being struck by a line drive in a July 28 start in St. Louis. … Arizona LHP Anthony Banda will make his third major league start in the final game of the three-game series Thursday. He recorded his first major league victory in a 2-1 victory at San Francisco on Friday. … The 1912 New York Giants had a 51-8 stretch after starting the season 3-3. The 1906 Cubs had a 49-6 run.