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Grit Index: D-backs score four runs in ninth to beat Dodgers

Arizona Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra, right, celebrates after scoring on a single by Willie Bloomquist during the ninth inning of their baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, June 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to stun the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in the series opener at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

Willie Bloomquist drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth on a bases-loaded two-run single, and Paul Goldschmidt added his NL-leading 59th RBI to give the D-backs a 5-3 lead. The insurance run provided by Goldschmidt turned out to be the eventual game winner, after D-backs' interim closer Heath Bell struggled in the bottom of the inning before notching his eighth straight save.

The Good:

The D-backs continued their season-long success against the Dodgers this season. Arizona has now won five straight against Los Angeles, and has improved to 6-1 against them in seven games this season.

The Bad:

Heath Bell didn't make it easy in the bottom of the ninth. The veteran reliever surrendered two hits, including a lead-off home run and a double.

A.J. Pollock went 0-for-5 with a strikeout, and Cliff Pennington also was hitless in three at-bats against Dodgers' pitching.


The D-backs recalled pitchers Joe Patterson and Charles Brewer and optioned left-hander Tyler Skaggs back to Triple-A Reno. The team also placed Matt Reynolds on the 15-day DL with a strained left elbow prior to Monday night's game.

The Dodgers are tied with the Cubs for the most blown saves in the majors with 13. Brandon League has now blown four saves this season, and has a 6.00 ERA.

Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw received yet another hard-luck no decision this season. Kershaw was magnificent on the mound, surrendering just one run over seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks. He has amassed an NL-best 1.88 ERA this season, but has only five wins to show for his efforts.

Up Next:

The D-backs and Dodgers will play game two of their three-game series on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:10 p.m. MST. Right-hander Ian Kennedy (3-4, 5.72) will get the call for the D-backs. He will be opposed by right-hander Zach Greinke (3-1, 3.89) of the Dodgers.

About the Author

School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: December 2011, Intern Summer 2007
Favorite sports memory: Braves 1-0 win over the Indians in Game 6 to win 1995 World Series.

Favorite all-time athlete: Chipper Jones

Favorite sports movies: Slapshot and Field of Dreams


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