D-backs walk off in 12th after LA rallies from 6 down
By Ken Gurnick and Jake Rill
PHOENIX -- The D-backs blew a six-run lead, fell behind, rallied with a pair of runs in the eighth to tie, then walked off with a wild 10-9 win over the Dodgers on Brandon Drury's RBI single with two out in the bottom of the 12th inning on Sunday. The loss, sustained by the Dodgers' ninth pitcher, Ross Stripling, left their magic number to win the division at nine as the Giants also lost.
Drury, who was 4-for-5 with two walks, bounced his single into left field to score Paul Goldschmidt, who outhustled Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig for a double with two out and none on to set up the win. Goldschmidt, a Dodger tormentor in years past, was 1-for-17 in the series before the hit.
On his double, Goldschmidt reached a top speed of 19.76 mph, as clocked by Statcast™. He went from home to second base in 8.18 seconds, his fifth fastest time of the season. Goldschmidt made it from first to second in 3.45 seconds, as his first step out of the batter's box came in 0.299 seconds.
"Credit to Goldschmidt, 0-for-5 and still running out singles up the middle and turns it into a double," said Stripling. "I walked the lefty [Jake Lamb, intentionally] to get to Drury, who's had a good day, get to 1-1, try to throw a heater up and it stays middle-middle and he pulled it through the 6-hole and that was that."
"Just being a young player and having those situations for the first time, sometimes you try to do too much," said Drury, who recorded his third career walk-off plate appearance and second game-winning hit. "To come through in those situations and get the job done and come through and help the team win the game, I think just to do that's huge. Not that I didn't believe I could before, but now that you've done it, I just feel like you have a little more confidence in those situations."
With four rookies in the Dodgers' starting lineup on the eve of their showdown series against the Giants, Arizona starter Robbie Ray retired the first 14 batters (eight on strikeouts). But seven of the next 10 batters Ray faced reached base, and he was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Mitch Haniger (third in seven games) and Drury (fifth in 10 games) homered for Arizona, while L.A. starter Jose De Leon was charged with six runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Ray's K's: In his last start, Ray became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to record a 200-strikeout season. He punched out eight more in 5 2/3 innings to push his season strikeout total to 210. The left-hander struck out the side in the fourth, part of a stretch of 14 consecutive batters retired to open the game. He has struck out eight or more in a game 11 times this season.
"He looked almost in cruise control," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "Dominating stuff. He was throwing the ball by guys, he was using his breaking ball, he used his changeup today. He had them all, he looked great, and then they made a few adjustments."
Ravin mad: Dodgers reliever Josh Ravin is ineligible for the postseason because of his performance-enhancing drug suspension, which he said he thinks about "all the time." Meanwhile, he's been almost unhittable, as opponents are 1-for-22 against the reliever this year, with 10 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings after fanning two in the sixth inning.
Making the most of opportunity: With A.J. Pollock out due to a strained groin, Haniger has started seven of the last eight games in center field for Arizona. He hit a two-run homer to put the D-backs ahead, 5-0, in the fourth, and he finished 3-for-5. Haniger has a hit in six of his last seven games, batting .409 (9-for-22) in that stretch.
"The guys coming up, the young kids, Haniger had a great game," Hale said. "These guys are going to play a little more these next three days, and it's exciting to see them play."
Good timing:Enrique Hernandez homered to break up Ray's perfect game in the fifth and singled in another run in a crucial game for him. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game he's hoping to "get him going," and the team faces a roster numbers crunch for the postseason. Hernandez came into the game batting .198. It was his first home run and second and third RBIs since Aug. 7.
"For us to get Kiké on track, that was big," said Roberts.
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D-backs second baseman Jean Segura collected his 22nd three-hit game of the season, matching a franchise record set by Pollock last year.
WHAT'S NEXT Dodgers: The club juggled the rotation to set Clayton Kershaw up for Monday's 7:10 p.m. PT start in the opener against the Giants. In his second start back from the disabled list, Kershaw threw five scoreless innings at Yankee Stadium, and Roberts said the lefty is no longer in "rehab mode." Kershaw is 18-7 against San Francisco.
D-backs: The D-backs open a 10-game road trip with a three-game set in San Diego, which begins Monday at 7:10 p.m. MST. Braden Shipley (4-3, 5.56) returns to the rotation after making his last two appearances out of the bullpen. The right-hander struggled in his first career start against the Padres, allowing seven runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss on Aug. 21.