Dodgers Avoid Sweep, Behind Greinke and Guerrero

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers took the field on Sunday in attempt to avoid a sweep at Chase Field for the first time in seven years. Zack Greinke led the way on the mound, while Alex Guerrero in his first career MLB start provided four RBI’s in the Dodgers 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers needed Greinke to be the stopper on Sunday, after a rare loss from Clayton Kershaw the day before. Most likely considered an ace on any other staff in baseball, Greinke did just that. He tossed seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing just five hits while striking out seven batters. His counterpart, Josh Collmenter, had his hands full going up against an eager Dodgers’ offense.

After being dominated by a rookie pitcher the night before, the Dodgers didn’t waste any time knocking Collmenter around. Los Angeles picked up one run in the third inning on Jimmy Rollins sac-fly, one run in the fourth inning on Guerrero’s RBI-single and one run in the fifth inning on Yasiel Puig’s much-needed first home run of the 2015 season. That was all she wrote for Collmenter, allowing three runs on nine hits in his five innings of work.

The exit of D-backs starter wasn’t going to deter the Dodgers offense, though. Joc Pederson hit a solo-home run in the sixth inning to make it a 4-0 game, and the rest of the day was left for Guerrero.

The 28-year-old Cuban third baseman made the most of his first career start at the major league level. He added an RBI-double in the seventh inning but it was his monstrous two-run homer in the ninth inning that put the cherry on top of the cake in his debut and gave Los Angeles a 7-0 lead.

The Dodgers couldn’t leave Arizona without some sort of fight out of D-backs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Pedro Baez tossed a scoreless eighth inning out of the Dodgers’ bullpen before needing three pitchers to fight off a D-backs comeback in the ninth. Paco Rodriguez started the inning off with a strikeout but was relieved by Chris Hatcher after giving up a single to Jake Lamb. Hatcher’s sequence of a double, walk, strikeout, RBI-single, and three-run double made it a 7-4 game before he got the hook from manager, Don Mattingly. Joel Peralta saved the day for Los Angeles by getting Ender Inciarte to fly-out to center field for the final out of the game.

Los Angeles will begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night, at Dodger Stadium.

WP: Zack Greinke (1-0, 0.69)

LP: Josh Collmenter ((0-2, 6.52)

S: Joel Peralta (2)

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