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Dodgers Comeback Falls Short in 6-5 loss to D-Backs

Jake Lamb hit a home run and scored two runs as the Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon to win the three game series at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Roald Dahl once wrote a very famous short story, "Lamb to the Slaughter," in 1953.

This weekend in Arizona, it was the Lamb that did the slaughtering.

Jake Lamb hit a home run and scored two runs as the Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon to win the three game series at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Lamb dominated Los Angeles in the three-game series going 7-for-12 with a home run and 4 RBI as he hit for the cycle in four straight at-bats against the boys in blue on Saturday and Sunday.

Kenta Maeda struggled in his return to the desert since he took a line drive off the leg last month. Maeda surrendered three straight singles and a double with one-out in the first inning as Arizona staked an early 3-0 lead.

Lamb hit his 21st home run of the year off Maeda in the third inning as the third baseman continues to prove he should have been in All-Star after he was snubbed by the fans in the final voting last week.

Maeda (8-7) couldn't make it out of the fifth inning as he was tagged for five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in 4 and 1/3 innings of work.

LA was unable to put up any runs against Arizona starter Robbie Ray as the left-hander dominated the Dodgers over seven shutout innings. Ray (5-8) scattered just four hits with seven strikeouts in the victory.

The Dodgers tried to mount a comeback off the D-Backs bullpen as Justin Turner hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth off setup man Daniel Hudson.

After a leadoff walk to Chase Utley in the top of the ninth and an infield single by Howie Kendrick, the Dodgers added another run on an RBI double by Corey Seager.

Seager hit three doubles on the day with his biggest two-bagger coming in the ninth.

Turner tallied two more runs with a two-run single that scored Kendrick and Seager and the Dodgers trailed by just one run before their comeback ran out of steam.

Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor struck out with the tying run 90 feet away as Arizona held on to take two-of-three from the Dodgers in the desert. 

LA lost back-to-back games in frustrating ways. After leading 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers lost in 12 innings on Saturday night. 

On Sunday, they rallied from six runs and had the tying run 90 feet away with one out in the ninth, needing a fly ball to the outfield to tie the game. Instead, two strikeouts saw the comeback fall short.

Players of the Game:

Jake Lamb: 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.
Justin Turner: 2-for-5 with a home run and 4 RBI.
Robbie Ray: No runs on four hits with 7 strikeouts in 7 IP.

Three Takeaways:

1. Engine, Engine No. 9:
Kenta Meada has been hit or miss on the mound this season. After a season-high 13 strikeouts in his last start, Maeda struggled on Sunday. Perhaps the most surprising stat of all is that the No. 9 hitter in the opposing lineup is batting .307 against the Japanese right-hander, more than any other spot in the lineup.

2. Double, Trouble: Dodgers' rookie Corey Seager hit three doubles on Sunday. Seager is now tied with Brandon Belt for the National League lead in doubles with 27. Other fun facts, Seager now has more doubles (27) than his brother Kyle, who has 26 for the Seattle Mariners. The Dodgers' rookie record for doubles is 30 by Eric Karros in 1992, a stat Seager seems destined to destroy provided he stays healthy. 

3. Happy Birthday, Steiner: Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner celebrated his birthday on Sunday. Steiner is in his 12th season as the Dodgers play-by-play radio announce on AM570. 

Up Next:

Dodgers (52-42): After a travel day on Monday, Scott Kazmir heads to the hill against the Washington National on Tuesday at 4:05 PM PST.

Diamondbacks (40-53): Arizona will host the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

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