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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.