"The pitches I threw and my feel for my pitches wasn't that bad", Maeda said. Saturday's win over the Mets completed a 43-7 stretch of play-the best 50-game run by a team since the 1912 Giants, who went on to win 103 games (although they lost the World Series to the Red Sox). Greinke quickly gave up a solo home run to Dodgers' rookie phenom Cody Bellinger in the second inning. Darvish, 1-0 in two career starts against Arizona, was complimentary of catcher Yasmani Grandal's pitch-framing skills when they worked together for the first time Friday. With a tie game, Greinke gave up the go-ahead run on a single by Yasiel Puig before exiting the game. "I think if you look at our guys behind the plate and what they can do as far as catching the baseball, throwing, managing a pitching staff, and also in the batter's box, you'd be hard-pressed to find a body of work better than our two guys", Roberts said.
The Dodgers have won 14 of 16 games and 45 of 53.
It was Darvish who made things hard on himself Thursday night. Flexen (1-1) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four over 5 2/3 innings. Wood passed Greinke for sole possession of second place in the National League in victories. In July they set the record for most consecutive wins in games in which they held a lead at any point during the contest, breaking a 111-year-old record set by Chicago Cubs in 1906, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Paul Goldschmidt is 10-for-24 with four homers and 11 RBIs during his six-game hitting streak after belting a solo shot Wednesday. Ride with Godley and the D-backs. Contreras hit five home runs in six games before leaving the Wednesday game in the eighth inning, and he was second in the majors with 10 homers since the break. He was most distressed about the high changeup that Pederson lined to the right field fence.
Lackey, who last lost on June 28, has pitched at least five innings in each of his previous 21 outings this season.
"So it was a pretty special night", Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
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Andrew Chafin, despite a rocky season, was given the ball in the ninth inning. Walker is averaging a career-high 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
Justin Turner missed a home run by about a foot in the top of the sixth inning as he skyrocketed a splitter from Jorge De La Rosa off the centerfield wall that scored Taylor and Kyle Farmer to extend the L.A. lead to 8-2.
"I've been working quite a bit on the lefties", he said.
"We remember them", Lovullo said.
The Dodgers won the rubber match of the three-game series and improved to 8-5 against their division rivals this season. Unfortunately, nothing else was clicking with the rest of the lineup to back up Martinez's performance. Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (lumbar disk) hit this week and is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga shortly.
"That", Roberts said, "is a conversation that might be had". Ethier was placed on the disabled list March 30 and has not played this season.