chose to look on the bright side after the
Los Angeles Dodgers
walked in the winning run in a 4-3 loss to the
on Wednesday night.
The loss sliced the Dodgers' NL West lead to 2 1/2 games over the surging
, but Torre said he was happy to take two of three from the Diamondbacks.
''I'm very positive about this series,'' Torre said. ''This was a disappointment, this game. You'd like to win the ballgame,
but you had your opportunities.''
Last season, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers dueled into September before Los Angeles pulled away. This year, the Diamondbacks
have been out of contention for months, but they relished playing the spoiler role in the division race, if only for one night.
''I think the whole NL West might have been watching that game,'' said Arizona manager A.J. Hinch, whose team snapped a six-game
hit back-to-back homers for the Dodgers, who are off Thursday before opening a three-game series at San Francisco on Friday.
The Diamondbacks' winning rally began when
(4-3) threw away
's roller to the mound, allowing him to reach second on the error.
''I left my shoulder a little down,'' Troncoso said.
As it turned out, that was the only ball that left the infield in the bottom of the ninth.
ran for Parra and took third on
' sacrifice. After intentional walks to
, Troncoso missed with a 3-2 fastball to
, who had fouled off a pair of pitches with two strikes.
''I was just trying to put the ball in play,'' Reynolds said. ''I just fouled off some tough pitches and was able to work
a good AB.''
Torre said he walked Drew and Upton to set up a force at home. He also hoped Troncoso could strike out Reynolds, who leads
the majors with 190 strikeouts.
Had that happened, the Dodgers still would have had to retire
, who homered, doubled and singled.
''When you're going through the middle of the lineup, you really don't have a lot of choices,'' Torre said. ''Upton certainly
has been doing a hell of a job, and Reynolds, the one thing you feel you have going is he swings and misses a lot.''
(4-3) pitched out of a jam in the eighth and got the final five outs for the Diamondbacks.
allowed three runs and struck out nine in 7 1-3 innings.
Los Angeles led 3-2 before Upton tied it with a run-scoring grounder to third in the fifth.
After allowing one-out singles to
in the eighth, Haren gave way to Gutierrez, who struck out Ramirez and Loney to end the threat.
''Unfortunately, we couldn't cash in,'' Torre said.
started against his former team for the second time in six days. Arizona dealt Garland to the Dodgers during a series in Los
Angeles on Aug. 31.
Los Angeles gave Garland a quick 1-0 lead in the first, when
led off with a triple and scored two outs later on Ramirez's bad-hop single off third baseman Reynolds' glove.
The Diamondbacks tied it in the second on Montero's 14th homer. Five pitches later,
also hit a drive to right for his fifth homer in four games and Arizona's seventh set of back-to-back shots this season.
Los Angeles rallied in the fourth with consecutive homers of its own, by Ramirez and Loney - the eighth time the Dodgers have
done it this year.
Garland went six innings, allowing three runs and six hits.
NOTES: Dodgers LHP
will miss his scheduled Friday start at San Francisco with elbow irritation.
will take Wolf's turn. ... LHP
threw to hitters before batting practice, and he's likely to return to the Diamondbacks' bullpen in the next week. Schoeneweis
was on the disabled list from Aug. 11-Sept. 7 because of depression following his wife's death.