Puig puts Los Angeles up 2-0 in series
LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig had three hits and drove in two runs, Austin Barnes added a key two-run double and the Los Angeles Dodgers used another relentless offensive performance to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 on Saturday night for a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series.
Logan Forsythe had three hits and Kenley Jansen earned a flawless fiveout save for the 104-win Dodgers, who have made their mediocre pitching irrelevant by pounding out 17 runs and 24 hits in the first two games against their NL West rival.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Brandon Drury added a pinch-hit, threerun shot in the seventh, but the Diamondbacks are on the brink of elimination after Robbie Ray and reliever Jimmie Sherfy couldn’t contain the Dodgers’ lineup.
Game 3 of the best-offive matchup is Monday at Chase Field. Arizona ace Zack Greinke will attempt to save the season when he faces his former teammates with the Dodgers, who counter with late-season acquisition Yu Darvish.
Greinke is probably the Diamondbacks’ best chance to stop the Dodgers from scoring their way out of every problem.
“If you had to pick the one guy to stop the situation we’re in, we’ve got the right guy in Zack Greinke,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
Los Angeles turned an early 2-0 deficit in Game 2 into a 7-2 advantage with a four-run rally in the fifth.
Forsythe got his first career playoff RBI during that stretch, and Barnes followed with his two-run double. Puig added an RBI single to his earlier runscoring groundout, flipping his bat and pointing back to the Dodgers’ dugout as he sprinted toward first base.
Puig has five hits and four RBIs in two games, but the exuberant Cuban slugger is just one purring component of the Dodgers’ formidable offensive machine.
Rich Hill made it through just four innings for the Dodgers, yielding three hits and three walks. Kenta Maeda got the victory by getting three outs of middle relief.
The Dodgers pounded out six runs on eight hits in a two-inning stretch against three Diamondbacks pitchers, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 7-2 lead.
Drury kept it close with his no-doubt shot in the seventh on Brandon Morrow’s first pitch, but the Dodgers rallied for another run in the bottom half.
Ray had been outstanding in five regular-season starts against the Dodgers, but he struggled mightily with his control from the first inning.
Austin Barnes of the Dodgers watches his two-run double against the Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday night.