Final Score: Arizona 1, Los Angeles 0
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Paul Goldschmidt smacked a one-out single
through the right side in the bottom of the ninth to give the Arizona
Diamondbacks a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in the
rubber match of a three-game set.
Goldschmidt, who finished with two of his team's six hits, plated A.J. Pollock
with the game-winning run after the center fielder hit a double to center.
"He (Los Angeles starter Josh Beckett) made a good pitch and I just hit it
through the hole," Goldschmidt said. "Sometimes that's just the luck you get."
Arizona, winners in three of its last four, got a solid outing from starter
Trevor Cahill, who lasted 7 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed six hits while
striking out four. J.J. Putz (1-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless
top of the ninth.
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a double to pace Los Angeles, which dropped
two of three to lose the series. Beckett (0-2) gave up six hits and struck
out nine over 8 1/3 innings, but gave up the critical game-winning run.
"I felt like I threw the ball pretty good," Beckett said. "I had some good
plays made behind me. Matt (Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp) made some
unbelievable plays. He makes them look easier than they are."
Pollock entered the game in the fourth after replacing second baseman Aaron
Hill, who left with a sore left wrist. His double with one down in the final
frame proved to be one of the few mistakes Beckett made.
Goldschmidt, who has successfully reached base in the team's first 12 games of
the season, came through with a soft liner that poked through the hole,
allowing the winning run to score.
It was a pitching duel throughout with neither team challenging the other
offensively. In the fifth, though, Cahill hit a fly ball to center that moved
Cliff Pennington to third with two outs. Gerardo Parra ended the inning with a
groundout just a couple pitches later.
Cahill got through the top of the seventh despite his growing pitch count and
giving up leadoff double to Gonzalez. He retired the next three batters
with a lineout, flyout and groundout, respectively, to stay alive.
In the eighth, Nick Punto singled to right and Beckett moved him to second
base with a sacrifice bunt. It was the last batter faced by Cahill.
Arizona's bullpen came through, though. Lefty Tony Sipp got Carl Crawford to
ground out, then Brad Ziegler entered the game and forced Mark Ellis to ground
out to third, ending the inning and the threat.
Beckett has faced the Diamondbacks seven times in his career and is 2-5 ...
... The Diamondbacks placed Jason Kubel on the disabled list Saturday with a
strained left quadriceps ... Arizona outfielder Cody Ross, who began the
season on the DL with a calf strain, made his season debut, but went 0-for-3.
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