Rookie Vargas, Dodgers rally D-backs, 5th straight win
Rookie Miguel Vargas led in the starting run with a fielding single in a five-run eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 on Tuesday for their 44th comeback victory in lead MLB in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
The Dodgers, with the best record in the majors, won their fifth in a row. Los Angeles shortstop Trea Turner came out in fifth after being hit in the side by a ball that ricocheted off a runner’s helmet.
After running out 12 runners in seven innings, going just one run on seven hits, the Dodgers fought back in the eighth and rallied from a 5-1 deficit.
Austin Barnes chased Caleb Smith with a two-run homer that drew the Dodgers 5-3. Pinched hitter Will Smith chose with the bases loaded to make it 5-4.
Los Angeles tied the game on Trayce Thompson’s single for third before Vargas, 22, playing his ninth major league game, faced Joe Mantiply with his second hit of the day.
Ryan Pepiot (3-0) picked up the win. Chris Martin pitched the ninth to earn his second save.
Christian Walker hit his 35th homer and Daulton Varsho also connected for Arizona, which lost for the 20th time in 21 games at Dodger Stadium.
Kevin Ginkel (1-1) took the loss.
Arizona starter Zach Davies allowed one run and five hits in three innings. He struck out three and walked two.
The D-backs took a 2-1 lead on Varsho’s homer to top the third. They tied 1-all on a two-out double from Cooper Hummel in the second.
Arizona extended its lead to 3-1 on Varsho’s RBI single in the fourth.
The D-backs made it 5-1 in the fifth. Walker hit Dodgers starter Michael Grove, and Alek Thomas singled and Josh Rojas scored on Vargas’ pitch error from left field.
Vargas’ pitch at third hit Thomas’ helmet as he entered base and the ball ricocheted and hit Turner in the side. Turner left the game soon after.
Grove allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked one.
D-backs: RHP Drey Jameson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second career start in Game 2 of the doubleheader. He won his MLB debut with seven scoreless innings against San Diego last week.
Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (15-3, 2.62) was removed from the paternity list after missing three games to start Game 2. He leads the team in innings pitched (161 2/3) and strikeouts (119).
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