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Kenley Jansen Blows 4th Save as D-Backs Beat Dodgers 2-1, in Extras

Jake Lamb knocked in the game-tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th as the Diamondbacks came from behind to beat the Dodgers 2-1 on Saturday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Jake Lamb must still feel slighted he wasn't an All-Star.

Lamb knocked in the game-tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th as the Diamondbacks came from behind to beat the Dodgers 2-1 on Saturday night at Chase Field in Phoenix. 

All-Star closer Kenley Jansen blew his fourth save of the season and his first since June 11th in San Francisco as Lamb hit a two-out, RBI double off the wall in left-center to score Michael Bourn.

"Jake Lamb is a heck of a ball player and he got a big hit against one of the best closers in baseball," Dodgers' manger Dave Roberts told reporters. "At some point you have to tip your hat and Lamb got a big hit."

Jansen already has four blown saves this season, twice as many as he had all in 2015.

"We can't always expect Kenley to be perfect," added Roberts. 

The Dodgers squandered a masterful outing by starter Brandon McCarthy as they left 15 runners on base and were just 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position. 

"Brandon threw a heck of a game," Roberts continued. "To come back here against his old team and give us a great outing was exciting for all of us. Unfortunately, we couldn't give him the win."

Justin Turner tallied the lone run for Los Angeles with an RBI single in the third inning, but the boys in blue would not score again the rest of the game.

Chase Utley started the third inning with a leadoff double and scored two batters later on an opposite field single for Turner.

Turner has picked up where he left off in the second half of the season after a home run and two runs scored on Friday night in the team's 13-7 victory. 

McCarthy threw six shutout innings of three-hit ball with no walks and eight strikeouts in his third start since coming off the disabled list following a 14-month layover after Tommy John surgery. 

Archie Bradley also recorded a no-decision for the Diamondbacks surrendering just one run on six hits with three strikeouts in six innings. 

Yasmany Tomas nearly tied the game for the D-Backs in the fifth inning when he crushed a first-pitch fastball to deep centerfield that rookie Andrew Toles had to leap over the wall to catch, keeping the Dodgers in the lead.

The potential game-saving catch would become a moot point however as Lamb tied the game with two-outs in bottom of the ninth. 

LA was one strike away after allowing Bourn to steal second before Lamb tied the game with a double off the wall. Lamb was a finalist for the final NL All-Star spot, but finished fourth behind Giants star Brandon Belt in fan voting.

Lamb led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a triple down the right field line and after back-to-back intentional walks, Brandon Drury singled to right field to score Lamb and win the game for the D-Backs.

Howie Kendrick had a double and four hits for the boys in blue as he raised his average to .271 on the season and is now batting .358 in his last 27 games.

Zach Walters was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday as the team placed outfielder Trayce Thompson on the 15-day disabled list. Walters made his Major League debut with a pinch-hit appearance in the top of the eighth.

The heartbreaking loss is the Dodgers second in extra innings loss this month and snaps a four-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Arizona snaps a six-game losing streak with the victory.  

Players of the Game:

Jake Lamb: 3-for-5 with a double, triple, and game-winning run.
Justin Turner: RBI single.
Howie Kendrick: 4-for-5 with a double.

Three Takeaways:

1. Meet the Snake: Brandon McCarthy threw six shutout innings against his former team. The right-hander made his first career start against Arizona after starting 40 games for the Snakes in 2013 and 2014. 

2. Welcome to the Show: Dodgers' rookie Zach Walters made his MLB debut with a pinch-hit appearance in the bottom of the eighth inning. Walters lined out to first base on the first pitch he saw. 

3. Return of the King: Three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 MVP Clayton Kershw threw a 60-pitch simulated game against Class-A Rancho Cucamonga pitching on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw is expected to come off the disabled list next Thursday against the Washington Nationals.

Up Next:

Dodgers (52-41): Kenta Maeda takes the mound as the Dodgers look to win in the finale of the series.
Diamondbacks (39-53): Robbie Ray will pitch on Sunday at 1:10PM PST. 

All quotes courtesy of TWC SportsNetLA.

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