The Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander looks to remain perfect against the Dodgers as he takes the mound in Sunday's decisive series finale.
Cahill (0-2, 5.91 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.43 ERA in six starts versus Los Angeles (7-4). Five of those outings came last season, including three at Chase Field as he allowed six runs and struck out 19 in 20 innings.
However, Cahill has not looked sharp while failing to complete six innings in either of his starts this month. He allowed four runs and walked three in five innings of a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday.
"The whole game I think I was trying to find my arm slot, I felt like I couldn't control my fastball," Cahill told the Diamondbacks' official website. "I felt fine, I just didn't know where it was going."
Adrian Gonzalez has struck out in five of his nine at-bats against Cahill, but he went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs on Saturday as the Dodgers snapped a six-game skid at Arizona (7-4) with a 7-5 win.
Gonzalez is batting .452 with two homers and 10 RBIs in eight games since opening the season 1 for 9.
Carl Crawford added two hits for the Dodgers, who have won six of eight, and is among the NL leaders with a .410 average.
Teammate Matt Kemp , who had two RBIs on Saturday, has hit safely in six straight games to raise his average from .056 to .190. He's 3 for 9 versus Cahill.
Scheduled Los Angeles starter Josh Beckett (0-1, 4.91) hopes to keep the ball in the park after five of the eight runs he's allowed this season came off four homers. He gave up three runs and six hits, including two long balls, over 84 pitches in five innings while not factoring in the decision of a 9-3 loss at San Diego on Tuesday.
"Josh will be around the plate and he'll give up his share of hits, but he's got to keep himself in the game," manager Don Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website. "He had a lot of pitches to that point. He'll be more efficient than that as time goes on.
"He's not the same guy he was before. He has to use more pitches to get through the innings."
In Beckett's only start against the Diamondbacks since 2008, the right-hander allowed a homer and five other hits over 6 2-3 innings while striking out nine in Los Angeles' 2-1 win Sept. 1. That's one of two games he's won in his last 15 starts.
Arizona's Aaron Hill is batting .405 (15 for 37) with seven doubles and a homer against Beckett. The veteran second baseman overcame a bruised hand to deliver an RBI double in the eighth inning to get the Diamondbacks within a run Saturday.
While Hill might be healthy enough to start for the first time in four games, Arizona placed slugger Jason Kubel on the disabled list Saturday with a strained left quad.
That could open the door for the Arizona debut of outfielder Cody Ross , who began the season on the DL with a calf strain.
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|April 12, 2013||Zack Greinke||Day-to-Day||Broken left collarbone|
|April 12, 2013||Zack Greinke||15-Day DL||Broken left collarbone|
|March 28, 2013||Ted Lilly||15-Day DL||Left shoulder labrum surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right index finger contusion|
|March 22, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||15-Day DL||Torn ligament, right thumb|
|March 22, 2013||Scott Elbert||15-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|April 13, 2013||Jason Kubel||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
|March 31, 2013||Didi Gregorius||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|March 27, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||15-Day DL||Strained right intercostal|
|March 27, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|March 22, 2013||Cody Ross||15-Day DL||Left calf strain|
|March 22, 2013||Adam Eaton||15-Day DL||Left elbow strain|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Paul Goldschmidt rarely has been so happy making so little contact.
Goldschmidt hit a slow grounder off Josh Beckett that found its way into right field with one out in the ninth inning Sunday, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0.
"It would have been a strike but I was out front of it," Goldschmidt said. "It fooled me, so I was really lucky it found a hole. When I saw it, I thought it had a chance."
Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill pitched six-hit ball for 7 1-3 innings and three relievers got the final five outs for Arizona, which shut out Los Angeles twice in taking two of three.
Beckett (0-2) retired Martin Prado on a grounder to short to start the ninth. A.J. Pollock followed with a double to center field. Beckett ran the count to 3-0 before walking Miguel Montero intentionally. Goldschmidt then singled to right past a diving Mark Ellis at second.
"It hit just right in the spot," said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson . "Those hurt but it felt good for us."
Tony Sipp and Brad Ziegler each retired one batter to finish the eighth after Nick Punto singled leading off and advanced on Beckett's sacrifice.
J.J. Putz (1-0) walked one in the ninth.
Beckett, who had struggled at Chase Field throughout his career, allowed six hits and struck out nine over 8 1-3 innings, his longest outing since a complete-game shutout on June 15, 2011, for Boston against Tampa Bay.
"If a guy is throwing the ball well through eight innings and hasn't given up a run, I don't care who it is, they earned the right to go back out there," said Beckett, who walked one and threw 72 of 102 pitches for strikes.
Beckett entered with a 1-2 record and 5.16 ERA across 22 2-3 innings in Phoenix.
"It was a no brainer," said Mattingly, who didn't warm up a reliever until Pollock reached base. "It wasn't even hard. There was no question. It was his game. That was electric today."
Cahill struck out four without walking a batter, the first time he's pitched without a walk since September 12, a 3-2 win over the Dodgers.
"Sometimes it (a close game) is nice because you get into a kind of a rhythm," Cahill said. "In the dugout I get antsy. I want us to score runs but sometimes I really want to go back out there. It's fun. You always want to face someone who's throwing well so you can see if you can beat them."
The Dodgers' best scoring chances against Cahill came in the seventh and eighth innings.
Adrian Gonzalez doubled off the center field wall - his third straight hit and sixth in his past seven plate appearances - leading off the seventh, Los Angeles' first player to reach second base.
But Prado caught a looping line drive by Andre Ethier , A.J. Ellis flew out to center and Cahill induced Luis Cruz into a routine grounder to third to end the inning.
In the eighth, Punto singled and was bunted to second by Beckett. Cahill gave way to Sipp, who retired Carl Crawford on a grounder to first, and Ziegler, who forced Mark Ellis into a grounder to third to keep the game scoreless.
Arizona fared little better against Beckett, who allowed only Cliff Pennington to advance to third base over the first eight innings. He reached third twice. Pennington singled in the third and doubled in the fifth.
"He was in complete control of his pitches, his tempo, his emotion," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "After a while I just got out of the way and let him call his own game."
NOTES: Gonzalez finished 3 for 4, the ninth time in his career he has at least three hits in consecutive games. ... Dodgers CF Matt Kemp finished 0 for 4 with three strikeouts to drop his batting average to .174. Kemp has struck out 14 times in 45 at-bats. . Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill left the game in the bottom of the fourth after aggravating his sore left hand. Hill was making his first start since he was hit on the left hand Tuesday against Pittsburgh. He drove in a run as a pinch-hitter Saturday and was 0 for 1 against Beckett before he was replaced by Pollock. ... Cahill needed only 93 pitches to get his 22 outs. . Prado started the game in left before moving to second base to replace Hill... . Los Angeles RHP Chad Billingsley , who scattered five hits and allowed one run in six innings against San Diego on Wednesday, faces LHP Eric Stults and the Padres on Monday. ... Arizona RHP Brandon McCarthy brings a 2-0 record against New York into Tuesday's start against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. McCarthy, who is 1-0 in two starts in New York, will face RHP Ivan Nova .