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Lamb’s slam lifts D’backs over hot Dodgers

Reuters

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t win them all, not when Jake Lamb hits a grand slam against one of the game’s better left-handed relievers.

Lamb was batting .143 against lefties when he came to bat against Tony Watson with the bases loaded and launched one off the right field foul pole in the seventh inning to rally the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-3 victory Tuesday night.

The Dodgers had intentionally walked A.J. Pollock to get to Lamb, and Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts took the outcome with no regrets.

“I love the matchup. I loved it,” Roberts said. “As good as Jake is, I will take Tony against him any day.”

Except Lamb won this day.

“I’ve been working quite a bit on the lefties,” he said. “Like I said, it’s one at bat. I want to keep improving.”

Lamb’s second career grand slam, and first against a left-hander, sent the Dodgers to just their eighth loss in their last 52 games. He also had a solo home run in the sixth inning.

“So it was a pretty special night,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “The Dodgers roll into town with tremendous momentum and I think we played one of our better games in quite some time, and not just all the obvious things.”

Justin Turner homered twice for the Dodgers, who led 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh. Chris Iannetta had a solo home run for the Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers lost for just the fourth time in 29 games since July 4.

Closer Fernando Rodney, who blew a three-run lead in a 5-4 loss at the Dodgers on July 6, threw a scoreless ninth for his 26th save in 31 tries.

That loss a month ago completed a three-game sweep of one-run Arizona losses in the series.

“We remember them,” Lovullo said. “We’re still smarting from them, and I think that it’s motivating these guys. I know it motivates me.”

David Hernandez (2-0) got the final out in seventh inning to get the victory.

Iannetta led off the seventh with a single off Brandon Morrow and Ketel Marte struck out.

With left-handed batting Chris Herrmann announced as a pinch hitter, Roberts brought in the lefty Watson, leading Lovullo to replace Herrmann with righty Adam Rosales.

Rosales was hit by a pitch and, with two outs, Pollock was walked intentionally and bring up Lamb against Watson, a former closer acquired in a trade deadline deal with Pittsburgh.

Lamb’s homer came on a 1-2 count.

Pedro Baez relieved Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda in the sixth and promptly gave up an opposite-field home run to Lamb to cut the lead to 3-2.

Yasiel Puig robbed J.D. Martinez of what would have been a game-tying home run with a soaring grab above the right field fence in the sixth inning.

Maeda had his string of four straight victories come to an end. He went five innings, allowing one run and four hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Sale bounces back in style

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Working on six days’ rest, Chris Sale followed up his worst start of the season with one of his best.

Sale allowed two hits and struck out 13 in eight innings, and the Boston Red Sox won their seventh straight, 2-0 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Last Wednesday, Sale gave up seven runs in five innings against Cleveland.

“To be honest, I was flat-out embarrassed last time I was on a baseball field,” Sale said. “You have some added fuel when you don’t do so well your last time out. I wanted to come back and be good for this one.”Speech

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