Arizona scored four runs after being held scoreless for eight frames
By Jesse Sanchez
PHOENIX -- The first week of the regular season is complete and D-backs manager Chip Hale continues to learn new things about his club. He's watching how his young players handle big situations. He's also keeping an eye on his veterans.
But on Sunday against the Dodgers, the first-year skipper was reminded of something he already knew: The D-backs will not quit.
The D-backs trailed the Dodgers by seven runs with two outs in the ninth inning, but rallied for four runs to turn a potential shutout into a 7-4 loss in the final game of the three-game series. The D-backs defeated the Dodgers on Friday and Saturday to clinch the series victory, but they were hoping for the sweep.
"The guys battled. It was good. That's the attitude we have," Hale said. "It doesn't matter what the score is or the situation, we are going to battle until the end, 27 outs, offensively or defensively. I was proud of the guys."
Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke stymied the D-backs' offense, allowing only five hits and striking out seven in seven innings. D-backs starter Josh Collmenter was charged with nine hits and three runs in five innings.
"[Collmenter] didn't throw that badly, we were just in a situation where Greinke was so good, and we knew we were not going to get many shots at him," Hale said. "I wanted to use a pinch-hitter. He could have kept going."
Sunday's ninth inning could be what the D-backs remember most about Opening Week of the 2015 season. The rally started with a one-out single by Jake Lamb, and pinch-hitter Chris Owings snapped an 0-for-14 skid to start the season with a double off Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher. A walk to Cliff Pennington loaded the bases, and Nick Ahmed struck out for the second out of the frame.
Jordan Pacheco then drove in Lamb for the D-backs' first run of the game. Center fielder A.J. Pollock cleared the bases with a double to cut the Dodgers' lead to 7-4.
"Those innings are important, at least the momentum part of it," Pollock said. "You never want to just roll over and just go into the next game. You kind of want to get some momentum and get the guys feeling like you are there at the end of the game and you can steal one at the end of the game."
The D-backs will now hit the road for three games against the Padres in San Diego starting Monday, followed by a four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco.
"It will be interesting because we are playing two really good teams," Hale said. "San Diego is playing well. They have great pitching and they added all of those hitters. It will be fun to go over there and play. Of course, we have to play the World champions, so we know what they did here, beat us two out of three."
The D-backs will take their attitude with them.
"We are not afraid of anyone," Collmenter said. "We will play until the last out and give our team a chance to win a game."
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.