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Chris Taylor's 2-run shot helps Dodgers defeat Diamondbacks

Field Level Media
17 May 2022, 15:25 GMT+10

Chris Taylor hit a two-run home run and right-hander Tony Gonsolin pitched six strong innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 5-4 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday to open a four-game series.

Freddie Freeman had an RBI double as the Dodgers have won consecutive games after a season-long four-game losing streak.

Christian Walker and David Peralta hit home runs for the Diamondbacks, while Ketel Marte had two hits. Arizona lost its third consecutive game and has dropped four of five following a promising run when it won seven of eight.

The Diamondbacks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Walker's seventh home run of the season. Josh Rojas made it 2-0 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Marte.

The Dodgers began their comeback with a little help from the Diamondbacks' defense. With two aboard in the fifth inning, Mookie Betts hit a sharp single up the middle that skipped past Arizona rookie center fielder Alek Thomas. Both runners scored with Betts getting credit for a single and one RBI, while ending up at third base on the play.

Freeman followed Betts' hit with an RBI double to left field.

Max Muncy greeted reliever Sean Poppen with a bunt single to open the Dodgers' half of the sixth inning and Taylor followed with an opposite-field home run to right, his third of the season.

Gonsolin (4-0) gave up two runs on three hits over his six innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. Los Angeles right-hander Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth inning for his sixth save, but not before giving up a two-run home run to Peralta, his fifth.

Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner (2-2) gave up three runs on six hits over five innings with two walks and one strikeout. Bumgarner fell to 0-5 over his last six starts at Dodger Stadium, going back to 2018.

The Dodgers' victory came after they lost the final two games of a three-game series at Arizona in late April.

--Field Level Media

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