David Peralta hit a game-breaking homer in the eighth inning and also kicked off one of five Arizona double plays as the Diamondbacks put up a defensive clinic to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Arizona, which started the game with a .189 batting average, the worst in the majors, had more double plays than hits. Peralta doubled early and his late two-run homer was his fourth and final hit.
The Diamondbacks also picked a runner on first base. Their two biggest double plays came late – playing left field, Peralta ran into the gap to catch Mookie Betts understudy with runners at first and second, then threw at second to overtake Chris Taylor to complete the seventh.
Ian Kennedy (1-1) grounded Will Smith in a goal-laden double play to finish the eighth.
Arizona has won only the fourth time in its last 21 games against the Dodgers. The teams split the first two games of this set – Los Angeles has won nine straight series from the Diamondbacks.
Peralta’s second homer came against Brusdar Graterol (0-1).
Mark Melancon had a perfect ninth for his third save.
Zach Davies, who pitched the first six innings of a combined no-hitter for the Cubs against the Dodgers last June, wasn’t sharp this time around. He allowed two hits and two walks in a three-run first inning — the runs all came on Smith’s brace.
Second baseman Gavin Lux’s throwing error helped Arizona tie the game on three runs.
Dodgers: RHP Tommy Kahnle (Tommy John) is scheduled to make back-to-back minor league rehab appearances on Wednesday and Thursday and could join the team for a two-game series against San Francisco May 3-4, manager Dave Roberts says . … RHP Dustin May (Tommy John) threw about 30 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday. … LHP David Price (COVID-19) does not have a timeline for his return, Roberts said, adding that no teammates have reported symptoms of COVID-19. … LHP Victor Gonzalez (elbow) kicked off a bullpen Tuesday near the start of a rehab mission. … LHP Tyler Anderson will remain in the rotation while Andrew Heaney (shoulder) recovers, Roberts said. Anderson’s next start is Friday against Detroit.
Diamondbacks: IF/OF Josh Rojas (oblique) started hitting a pitching machine but has no timeline for a comeback.
Dodgers LHP Julio Urías (1-0, 3.00) will face RHP Zac Gallen (0-0, 1.00) in the final of a three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Urias is 7-1 with a 1.55 ERA in nine appearances against Arizona, his most wins against any opponent, and 4-0 with a 0.86 ERA in three games at Chase Field.
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