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Dodgers' Bullpen Finally Allows a Home Run as D-Backs Win Finale, 4-2

Chris Hatcher surrendered the game-winning homer to Jake Lamb and the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the finale of their four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers bullpen finally allowed a home run.

Chris Hatcher surrendered the game-winning homer to Jake Lamb and the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the finale of their four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. 

"I was looking to hit a first-pitch fastball, and I got one," said Lamb of the home run. "I was just trying to be aggressive."

L.A.'s bullpen had faced 181 batters to start the season before Hatcher threw Lamb a first-pitch fastball that the left-hander deposited into the bleacher seats in right-center, breaking a 2-2 tie. It was the first high-leverage situation Hatcher has pitched in this season.

"I was trying to get ahead with a fastball up and in on him, and it leaked back middle and he hit it out of the ballpark," said Hatcher. "I didn't think he hit that good, and judging by his reaction, I don't think he thought he did either, but it left the ballpark. It is what it is."

Hatcher came back out for the ninth and was charged with a second run after David Peralta hit an RBI triple off Luis Avilan to extend the Snakes lead. Peralta finished the night 4-for-5 with two RBI.

"That's the life of being a reliever. Usually your outing is going to be dictated on one pitch," continued Hatcher. "Tonight that pitch to Lamb was the one."

The Dodgers handed starter Brandon McCarthy a two-run lead in the fourth inning before Arizona rallied for four unanswered runs to seal the victory.

McCarthy did not factor in the decision, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in five innings.

"It happened quick," McCarthy said of the two runs he allowed in the fifth. "Balls were just going where we didn't have players. All of sudden they had two runs."

Logan Forsythe knocked in the game's first run as the Dodgers finally scored with the bases loaded.

Forsythe hit a sac-fly to center field in the bottom of the second, snapping an 0-for-9 scoring drought with the bases loaded in the team's last 11 games. Despite the RBI, the Dodgers are technically still 0-for-10 in their last 11 plate appearances with the bases juiced.

Rob Segedin scored on the fly ball in his first game of the season with the Dodgers. Segedin was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the day as Rich Hill was put back on the 10-day disabled list.

"Everytime you get a chance to come up here, it's a good opportunity," said Segedin. "Obviously, I wanted to be here from the start, but I'm here to help the team anyway I can."

The Dodgers learned that there's always money in the banana stand when Hernandez sent a Robbie Ray fastball into the seats in left field for his first home run of the season.

Los Angeles had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, but the Dodgers were unable to capitalize off of a leadoff double from Justin Turner, hitting three short fly balls to end the threat.

Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for his second consecutive save and fifth overall on the season. 

Up Next:

The Dodgers will face back-to-back left-handed starters as the Rockies come to town on Tuesday for a quick two-game series at Chavez Ravine. L.A. will start Hyun-Jin Ryu on Tuesday opposite rookie Kyle Freeland at 7:10PM PST.

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