PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 08: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the MLB game at Chase Field on July 8, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Trevor Bauer Shines In D-backs 7-1 Win Over Dodgers

Bauer pitches six scoreless frames, Goldschmidt homers and drives in four. Arizona goes into the break on a three-game winning streak.

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Trevor Bauer Gets First Big League Win As Diamondbacks Offense Erupts

The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't wait for a late-inning comeback against the Los Angeles Dodgers like their previous two meetings, and defeated the Dodgers 7-1, for their third consecutive win. The D-backs got off to an early lead behind some superior pitching by Trevor Bauer and timely hitting by Paul Goldschmidt.

Trevor Bauer threw 96 pitches, and completed a season-high six innings before leaving the game. He showed good command, and finished with six strikeouts and one walk, while giving up only two hits. Bauer threw 13 of 21 first pitch strikes, and retired the last twelve Dodger batters he faced.

The Diamondbacks got an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when leadoff batter Willie Bloomquist hit a single to right field to get things started. With one out, Justin Upton hit a deep ball off the right field fence for a triple that scored Bloomquist. That was followed by a ground rule double that Paul Goldschmidt bounced over the center field wall to score Upton. After one inning, the D-backs led 2-0.

Justin Upton started a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth inning by driving a single to right field. His hit was followed by another single to right by Jason Kubel. Paul Goldschmidt, who already had a double in the first inning, bombed one over the left center field wall, giving him a career-high four RBI's in a game, and extending the Diamondbacks lead to 5-0.

With Ronald Belisario pitching for the Dodgers, Aaron Hill led off the seventh inning by hitting a single to right field. Justin Upton finished his day going three-for-four by hitting a double to right, advancing Hill to third. Kubel was intentionally walked, and with one out, Miguel Montero hit a two-run single to the left center field gap, putting the game out of reach at 7-0.

The Dodgers never really threatened through eight innings, getting only two hits up to that point. After Patrick Corbin threw two hitless innings in relief for the Diamondbacks, he gave up three base hits to the first three Dodgers batters in the ninth to load the bases. Juan Uribe hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Bobby Abreu, and advancing the other runners to second and third. Remaining in the game, Corbin got the next two batters out as the crowd chanted "Beat L.A.", giving the Diamondbacks the win, and Trevor Bauer his first major league win of his career.

Winning the series 3-1 with their three game win streak, the Diamondbacks draw within four games of the National League West leading Dodgers. They now stand one game under .500 at 42-43 heading into the MLB All-Star break.


Justin Upton's 2-Run Triple Leads D-backs 6th Inning Rally In 5-3 Win Over Dodgers

The Arizona Diamondbacks had a tall task coming into Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. They sought to end a six-game losing streak, but had to do it against Clayton Kershaw the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner. But six solid innings by Josh Collmenter and a five-run rally keyed by Justin Upton led the D-backs to a 5-3 win over the Dodgers.

Los Angeles got a run it should not have in the third inning. Tony Gwynn reached base on a throwing error by Willie Bloomquist and, with two outs, Bobby Abreu doubled him home to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

While Kershaw mowed down the D-backs' hitters, Collmenter gave up his one earned run to start the fourth inning. Adam Kennedy led off with a homer and James Loney followed with a double off the center-field wall. Collmenter got out of the inning allowing just the one run, striking out Luis Cruz, retiring Kershaw on a sacrifice bunt and getting Gywnn to fly out to center.

Collmenter made his case to remain in the Diamondbacks rotation. In his second straight solid outing, he allowed just one earned run in six innings and struck out six.

The Arizona bats woke up in the sixth against Kershaw. After a leadoff walk to Henry Blanco and a strikeout of pinch hitter Lyle Overbay, the D-backs banged out four straight hits against Kershaw for four runs to chase the LA ace. Bloomquist singled Blanco to third, Aaron Hill drove him in and that brought up Upton, who was 1-22 in his career against Kershaw. He tripled down the left-field line to give his team the lead and then scored when Jason Kubel doubled after that.

Jamey Wright relieved Kershaw and walked the bases loaded and threw a wild pitch that scored Kubel, making the score 5-2 Arizona.

The Arizona bullpen made things interesting. Brian Shaw couldn't retire any of the four hitters he faced, allowing a walk and three hits.

Mike Zagurski came in with a 5-3 lead and slammed the door shut with some help. He struck out pinch hitter Jerry Hairston and then got James Loney to fly out to short left field. Mark Ellis tried to score and was cut down at the plate by Jason Kubel, who now has 11 outfield assists on the year.

David Hernandez also made things hard on himself allowing a pair of hits to start off the eighth inning. But he struck out Elian Herrera, got Tony Gwynn to fly out and struck out Mark Ellis to keep LA from scoring.

J.J. Putz pitched the ninth to notch his 15th save of the year, but allowed two hits.

Collmenter picked up his first win of the season. Kershaw, who took the loss, fell to 6-5, allowing five runs in five innings and a third. It was the most runs he had ever allowed against Arizona.

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