D-backs' blasts back dealing Miley in LA

D-backs' blasts back dealing Miley in LA

D-backs' blasts back dealing Miley in LA
LOS ANGELES -- A pair of long balls proved to be all that Wade Miley and the D-backs needed, as they beat the Dodgers, 8-2, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

The win was the second straight for the D-backs, who will go for the series sweep on Wednesday afternoon. It was the fifth consecutive win for the D-backs over the Dodgers, their longest streak since winning eight in a row over Los Angeles in 2005.

With the win, the D-backs picked up a game on the second-place Dodgers and trail them by 2 1/2 games, while they remain 3 1/2 games back of the division-leading Giants.

"I hope so, you never know," D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said when asked if he thought his team was ready to put together a winning streak. "I feel like every time we win a few games in a row this whole year we've been saying, 'Oh we're about to get hot,' and then we haven't been able to put it together for an extended time.

"We've played good this year at times, we just haven't been able to do it for a month straight or two months straight. We know what we've got to do, we've got 50-some games left and we've got to play good the rest of the way and see what happens."

Like they did in the series opener, the D-backs jumped on top in the first inning -- and just like Monday, it was a homer by Goldschmidt that did the trick.

Dodgers starter Chris Capuano retired the first two batters of the game before walking Jason Kubel. Goldschmidt then hit a 1-2 curveball into the seats in left to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.

"To be honest, you can't guess with two strikes, you're just trying to put something in play," Goldschmidt said. "I was able to see it out of his hand, and it stayed up enough. He threw the same pitch to me first pitch of the AB for strike one so I'd seen it that AB."

Goldschmidt, who went 3-for-4 with two runs and a walk on the night, has homered in three straight games and is hitting .417 since July 26.

"He is swinging the bat well and he took advantage of a curveball I left up a little bit in the first inning and then took what I gave him after that with the singles," Capuano said. "I tip my hat, he's swinging the bat. He is a tough out right now, especially from left-handers. He covers the ball off the plate away and is quick enough to foul off pitches up when you try to beat him up, so he's a tough assignment right now."

Capuano (10-7) settled in after the Goldschmidt homer, allowing just one hit over the next four innings.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers received a homer in bottom of the first from Mark Ellis to pull to within 2-1. That was all they would get off Miley.

"He was phenomenal," D-backs catcher Miguel Montero said of Miley. "He kept the ball down. I would say he made one mistake, and it was the homer. But other than that he just kept the ball in and out, up and down too. He was mixing speeds pretty good and he never fell behind, it seemed."

Miley (12-6) allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out seven over his eight innings of work.

"I was throwing pretty much three pitches for strikes and keeping guys off balance a little bit and they were just hitting groundballs and the defense was making plays and it was a good win," Miley said. "

Once again, it was a two-out rally that would haunt Capuano.

After the left-hander set down the first two hitters of the sixth, Goldschmidt and Justin Upton collected back-to-back singles. Capuano then fell behind Montero, 2-0, which prompted a visit to the mound by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

On the very next pitch, Montero blasted one into the D-backs' bullpen in right for a three-run homer and a 5-1 Arizona lead.

"That at-bat I was just looking middle away, and if he comes in you're just going to react," Montero said. "I got to 2-0 and I was thinking, 'Don't change your approach.' He gave me a fastball kind of middle, middle in, and I just reacted and put a good swing on it."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.