Dodgers get slammed in desert

Wat­son gives up a bases-loaded homer to Lamb, who also hits a solo shot.

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - By Pe­dro Moura pe­ Twit­ter: @pe­dro­moura

PHOENIX — This is where they are. The Dodgers are so far ahead in the Na­tional League West that man­ager Dave Roberts treated the sev­enth in­ning of a one-run game against a di­vi­sion ri­val as an au­di­tion stage.

Roberts didn’t frame it that way. He said in­stead that he hoped to burn an Ari­zona re­serve by re­plac­ing dom­i­nant right-han­der Bran­don Mor­row with left-han­der Tony Wat­son as the pitcher’s spot ap­proached.

He suc­ceeded in that an­cil­lary goal, but not the pri­mary one, as Wat­son failed the ap­par­ent try­out in his third ap­pear­ance for the team. The trade-dead­line ac­qui­si­tion sur­ren­dered a go-ahead grand slam by Jake Lamb in the Dodgers’ 6-3 loss to the Di­a­mond­backs on Tues­day at Chase Field.

“We loved the matchup,” Roberts said. “As good as Jake is, I’ll take Tony against him any day.”

Justin Turner sup­plied the game’s first run, redi­rect­ing a failed sinker from righthander Zack God­ley 430 feet to cen­ter in the fourth in­ning. Af­ter the solo shot, Cody Bellinger crushed the fifth out­side pitch he saw to the left-field wall for a double and scored when Lo­gan Forsythe roped a hang­ing curve­ball up the mid­dle.

Yasiel Puig rapped a ball to third to be­gin the fifth and took off sprint­ing. He limped af­ter reach­ing safely, but con­vinced Roberts and trainer Nate Lucero he was fit to re­main in the game. An­other solo shot from Turner, in the sixth, pro­duced the Dodgers’ last run.

Kenta Maeda turned in his sec­ond straight help­ful start since the Dodgers ac­quired Yu Darvish to usurp Maeda’s al­ready ten­u­ous grasp on a post­sea­son ro­ta­tion role.

He was un­scored upon un­til the fifth in­ning, when Chris Ian­netta clubbed a solo shot to cen­ter off a slider that caught too much of the strike zone. As God­ley next bat­ted af­ter a sin­gle, first base­man Bellinger broke to­ward the plate to cover the likely bunt.

Maeda then made an un­usual ma­neu­ver, throw­ing to an un­manned base. The throw bounced far enough for Ketel Marte to travel to third base.

Maeda said that catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal had sig­naled for him to try the pick­off at­tempt. He re­bounded from the odd­ity by strik­ing out God­ley, and luck­ing out on back-to-back lin­ers his team­mates caught.

Pe­dro Baez re­placed him for the sixth and sur­ren­dered four hard-hit balls. The first, off Lamb’s bat, soared high for a homer. Joc Ped­er­son speared the sec­ond, by Paul Gold­schmidt, in cen­ter. The third, by J.D. Martinez, would have been a home run if not for Puig, who jumped and reached over the right-field wall to pro­cure the ball. One last li­ne­out, by Daniel Descalso, ended the in­ning.

Short hops

The Dodgers put left­hander Luis Avi­lan on the pa­ter­nity list and re­called righthander Brock Ste­wart. Avi­lan is not ex­pected back un­til the team re­turns to Los An­ge­les. … Roberts said it was a good sign that first base­man Adrian Gon­za­lez, re­hab­bing from a back in­jury with triple-A Ok­la­homa City, posted a so­cial me­dia photo of him­self atop a rock.

Norm Hall Getty Im­ages

KENTA MAEDA of the Dodgers re­acts af­ter giv­ing up a fifth-in­ning home run to Ari­zona’s Chris Ian­netta.

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