LOS AN GELES (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez hit his first home run of the season and Alex Wood pitched into the eighth inning, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
Wood (1-1) allowed a run and five hits in seven-plus, struck out three and walked three in his 100th major league appearance and 69th start. The left-hander gave up only one hit after Brandon Drury’s leadoff single in the fourth.
Kenley Jansen followed struggling right-hander Pedro Baez out of the bullpen and got the final five outs for his third save in as many chances.
Rubby De La Rosa (0-2) was charged with three runs — two earned — and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander spent his first two big league seasons with the Dodgers and is 0-4 with a 9.67 ERA in five career starts against them.
De La Rosa’s loss left the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation 0-6 with a 6.61 ERA through the team’s first nine games.
Los Angeles snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth, scoring two runs with the help of some sloppy defense by Arizona.
The Dodgers had runners at the corners with one out when shortstop Nick Ahmed fielded Chase Utley’s grounder in the hole and tried to start a double play. But his wide throw struck the oncoming runner, Joc Pederson, and ricocheted into the outfield as Howie Kendrick scored.
The next batter was Corey Seager, who hit what appeared to be an inning-ending double-play grounder to second baseman Jean Segura. But first baseman Paul Goldschmidt juggled Ahmed’s relay throw as Seager crossed the bag, allowing Pederson to score.
Ahmed, batting ninth in manager Chip Hale’s lineup behind De La Rosa, opened the scoring in the third when he drove Wood’s 1-1 pitch into the pavilion seats in left-center.
Gonzalez, who homered five times in his first three games last season, got his first in his ninth game and 34th at-bat of 2016. He tied it in the fourth on a 3-2 pitch from De La Rosa, whom the Dodgers sent to Boston in October 2012 to complete a blockbuster nine-player trade that brought Gonzalez to Los Angeles six weeks earlier.
Yasmani Grandal made his first start behind the plate for the Dodgers after opening the season on the disabled list because of soreness in his right forearm.
Up next for the Dodgers? Rookie RHP Ross Stripling (0-0) makes his second big league start, five days after throwing 7 1/3 innings of no-hit ball at San Francisco and settling for a no-decision.
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