While tensions could still be being running hot between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers in their decisive series finale, it might not be enough to overshadow a potentially stellar matchup between two of the NL's top pitchers.
Light-hitting catcher Tim Federowicz delivered a three-run double in the eighth inning to help Los Angeles (28-36) snap a five-game skid to Arizona with a 5-3 victory Tuesday. However, the game was marred by five hit batsmen and two bench-clearing incidents. The second of which resulted in the ejection of Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy and manager Kirk Gibson .
Puig was hit in the nose by Kennedy on a pitch that deflected off his shoulder in the sixth. Los Angeles' Zack Greinke hit Montero in the seventh to clear the benches for the first time. Greinke was then plunked by Kennedy in the bottom of the frame to incite the more physical of the two incidents."Everything happened so fast," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It just gets a little crazy out there."
Puig hit .500 (16 for 32) with four homers and 10 RBIs in his first eight career games before he went 0 for 2 on Tuesday. Without him, the Dodgers managed to beat the Diamondbacks (36-29) for the fourth time in 20 games.
He won't play Wednesday because of a strained right shoulder. There was no immediate explanation of how Puig hurt himself, although he participated in Tuesday's brawl.
Arizona tries to bounce back behind Corbin (9-0, 1.98 ERA), who has already matched the best start in franchise history and can become the first pitcher to go 10-0 before the All-Star break since Roger Clemens went 11-0 for Toronto in 1997.
The left-hander gave up four runs over six innings in two straight starts before he allowed one in 7 1-3 innings while not factoring in the decision of a 3-1 victory over San Francisco on Friday. The Diamondbacks are 12-0 when Corbin takes the mound.
He's 2-1 versus Los Angeles, and as a starter has pitched 15 1-3 innings scoreless innings against the Dodgers. Corbin allowed three hits in six innings of a 3-0 win over the Dodgers on April 12. In his only appearance at Los Angeles in 2012, he yielded two hits in six frames of a 4-0 victory.
Ryu (6-2, 2.72), meanwhile, is 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in six home starts this season.
The left-hander, 3-0 with a 1.51 ERA in his last five overall, has allowed one run, eight hits and struck out 13 in 16 2-3 innings of his last two outings - both at home. After missing his previous start with a bruised foot, Ryu gave up that run over 7 2-3 innings of a 2-1, 10-inning home victory over Atlanta on Friday.
"He really knows what he's doing," Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website. "He's fun to watch pitch. It's just been special to watch."
Ryu allowed three runs and struck out nine in six innings of a 7-5 win at Arizona on April 13.
Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 3 with a double off him, but is 2 for 23 in six games to drop his average from .336 to .313.
Willie Bloomquist had a go-ahead RBI single Tuesday for the Diamondbacks, who have dropped four of six. He's batting .441 (15 for 34) with six RBIs in 10 games since making his season debut from an oblique strain.
Los Angeles' Andre Ethier had two hits, including a game-tying two-run homer. He's 1 for 9 with five strikeouts against Corbin.
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||6||.167||1||0||0||1||1||.286||.453||.167|
|June 10, 2013||Matt Reynolds||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
|May 31, 2013||Brandon McCarthy||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 31, 2013||Eric Chavez||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 30, 2013||Eric Chavez||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|May 26, 2013||Ian Kennedy||Day-to-Day||Cut on right index finger|
|May 08, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|June 11, 2013||Scott Van Slyke||15-Day DL||Left shoulder bursitis|
|June 08, 2013||Ted Lilly||Day-to-Day||Neck discomfort|
|June 07, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 05, 2013||Ted Lilly||15-Day DL||Neck sprain|
|June 05, 2013||Mark Ellis||Day-to-Day||Groin injury|
|June 02, 2013||Carl Crawford||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Put the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dodger Stadium, throw in extra innings, and they're tough to beat.
Martin Prado had two RBIs, including a run-scoring double during a four-run 12th inning, to help the D-backs win 8-6 on Wednesday night.
The first-place D-backs improved to 8-2 in extra innings - 6-1 on the road - this season, and are 17-7 at Dodger Stadium since 2011, the best record among NL West opponents. They clinched their fourth consecutive series win over the Dodgers.
"It means a lot because they tied it up and we just kept plugging along," said reliever Heath Bell , who gave up a leadoff home run to Ramon Hernandez in the bottom of the 12th.
There was no repeat of the brawl that occurred in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 5-3 victory a night earlier, when six players and coaches were ejected. No batters were hit by pitches this time.
Before the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked with D-backs manager Kirk Gibson , who got tossed after the two former stars were among those clashing in the melee.
"We had a good conversation," Gibson said. "We all know that was very intense last night and a little bit ugly."
Eight of the nine games between the teams this season have been decided by three runs or fewer. The Diamondbacks had 20 hits while improving to 7-2 against the Dodgers. Seven of their hits were singles, tying for the most in franchise history.
Prado put the Diamondbacks ahead 5-4 with a ground-rule double to left field off Ronald Belisario (3-5), who was charged with four runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning. He walked two and didn't retire any of the four batters he faced in the 12th.
Arizona made it 6-4 on Cliff Pennington 's bases-loaded RBI single off Brandon League , the Dodgers' seventh pitcher. League gave up four runs over two-thirds of an inning in Los Angeles' 5-1 loss in the series opener Monday.
Gerardo Parra added a two-run single to center.
"Most of the time they're hitting my fastball," League said. "For me, it's always been that if my fastball is not right, you can't expect anything else to be right. That's kind of where I'm at right now."
Josh Collmenter (3-0) got the win with two innings of relief. He gave up one hit and struck out two.
Arizona's Cody Ross and Miguel Montero each tied their career highs with four hits.
In the bottom of the 12th, Yasiel Puig scored on a groundout by Mark Ellis . With two runners on, Bell retired pinch-hitter Tim Federowicz on a grounder to end it.
Arizona tied the game 4-all on Montero's RBI single in the seventh.
Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin had a 3-0 cushion when he gave up five consecutive hits with two outs in the fifth, allowing the Dodgers to take a 4-3 lead.
"I just couldn't get that third out in the fifth," he said. "It was just one of those things where any pitch I threw got hit."
Hernandez had an RBI groundout that scored Juan Uribe , who led off with a double.
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu tripled to deep right field - the first of his career - and Parra misplayed the ball as it skipped past his outstretched glove. That drove in Alex Castellanos , who reached on a ground-rule double and went to third on Montero's passed ball.
The Dodgers tied the game and went ahead on RBI singles by Nick Punto and Adrian Gonzalez .
The Diamondbacks took a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Prado and Didi Gregorius had RBI singles before Prado scored on a double play grounder by Pennington.
Ryu allowed a season-high 11 hits and three runs, walked two and tied his season low with two strikeouts.
Although he left the game trailing, Corbin remained undefeated in 13 starts after giving up four runs - tying his season high - and eight hits in five innings, his shortest outing this year. The left-hander, who struck out two and walked none, is 9-0 with a 2.28 ERA.
NOTES: Puig was scratched from the starting lineup because of a strained right shoulder, but he entered as part of a double switch in the 12th. ... No discipline by Major League Baseball for the brawl was expected to be announced until at least Thursday, when both teams are off. ... MLB announced the Diamondbacks and Dodgers will open the 2014 season with a two-game series in Australia from March 22-23. ... The Dodgers signed four selections from last week's draft, including first-round pick RHP Chris Anderson from Jacksonville University. The 18th pick overall, he received a signing bonus of $2,109,900, which is the slot value. ... The Dodgers get their first off day Thursday since May 23.