PHOENIX — Jake Lamb made the Dodgers pay for loading the bases with an intentional walk to get to him, hitting his second career grand slam with two outs in the seventh inning to lead the D-backs past the Dodgers, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Chase Field.
The Dodgers’ loss was just their second in the last 16 games. They had beaten the D-backs four straight times, and while they still lead the D-backs by 15 games in the National League West, Arizona moved a half-game ahead of Colorado for the first NL Wild Card spot.
Trailing, 3-2, the D-backs got a single to lead off the seventh from Chris Iannetta, then pinch-hitter Adam Rosales was hit by a pitch. After the pair moved to second and third on the second out of the inning, the Dodgers elected to intentionally walk A.J. Pollock to set up the left-on-left matchup between Lamb and Tony Watson.
Lamb, who has struggled this year against lefties, hit a 1-2 pitch down the line for his second career grand slam. It was Lamb’s second homer of the game and his fourth in his last two games against the Dodgers.
The game had been a seesaw affair before that with a pair of homers by Justin Turner helping the Dodgers to build the lead, while Lamb’s first home and a solo shot by Iannetta were all the offense the D-backs could muster.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.
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