Adrian Gonzalez led the way for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, driving in six runs to complete a three-game sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 7-2 win was the final meeting of the 2014 season between the two teams, in which the Dodgers dominated, with a 15-4 record against Arizona.
Zack Greinke started the game for Los Angeles, with a chance to pick up his 14th win of the season. The diamondbacks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Didi Gregorius cashed in a run off an infield single. One inning later, it was Cody Ross who drove in another run on a two-out single to right field.
It’s not often that the Dodgers have to pick up Greinke but they delivered on Sunday. The start of Gonzalez’s big day began in the sixth inning. He crushed a 3-1 pitch from Trevor Cahill that traveled well over the center field wall at Dodger Stadium, scoring Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez to give Los Angeles a 3-2 lead.
Greinke was in line for the win, finishing with six innings allowing two runs on six hits, with four strikeouts.
The Dodgers seventh inning was a replica of the sixth, after Gonzalez launched another ball over the wall, scoring Gordon and Ramirez, again. The six RBIs gave Los Angeles a 6-2 lead and Gonzalez his sixth 100-RBI season of his career.
The fun of the long ball would continue for the Dodgers. One batter later, Matt Kemp added a homer of his own and 19th of his season. You’d think three homers and seven runs would leave everyone ecstatic, at least on one side of the spectrum, but that wasn’t exactly the case. Don Mattingly and Clayton Kershaw were both ejected in the seventh inning after Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch.
That wasn’t going to change the outcome of an already one-sided game, as the Dodgers would cruise on to win their 81st game of the season.
W: Zack Greinke (14-8, 2.73)
L: Trevor Cahill (3-11, 5.04)