Puig’s 3-Run Homer Helps Dodgers Take Series From Diamondbacks
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer and threw out a runner at second base, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Sunday.
Puig flipped his bat after connecting to cap a four-run sixth inning. His second homer of the season came after a two-out intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez.
Dodgers starter Josh Beckett pitched five innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and walking two.
Jamey Wright (1-0) got three outs for his 93rd career victory, spread over 19 big league seasons and 10 different clubs.
Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save and fifth against the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers won on manager Don Mattingly’s 53rd birthday.
Josh Collmenter (0-2) gave up Puig’s homer.
Chris Perez relieved Wright in the seventh with two on and none out. He retired his first batter, then gave up an RBI double by Eric Chavez.
Beckett threw 83 pitches and allowed only a leadoff single to right field in the second by Miguel Montero. But Montero tried to stretch it into a double and was thrown out by Puig.
Beckett has made three starts, with none of them going past the fifth inning.
The three-time All-Star right-hander remained winless since Sept. 30, 2012, when he beat Colorado at Dodger Stadium. Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts last season before sitting out the final five months because of a groin strain and a subsequent bout with thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve condition that required him to undergo surgery in July.
The Dodgers broke through in the sixth after Dee Gordon singled and Carl Crawford had a hit-and-run triple into the right field corner. It was Crawford’s first triple of the season and 118th of his career, the most among active players.
Puig hit a liner over the fence in left-center. He hit 19 homers last season as a rookie after coming up to the Dodgers in June.
For the second time in this series, Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt was awarded first base on catcher’s interference against Tim Federowicz.
Federowicz, who is filling in for a recovering A.J. Ellis behind the plate, is batting .074 with a pair of hits in 27 at-bats.
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