Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 6
KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers were going down quickly against Arizona rookie right-hander Mike Bolsinger early, trailing 4-0 in the middle of the fourth. But the second time through the lineup, the Dodgers began to show significant life. After one-out singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp in the fourth, Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers a boost with a three-run home run.
AT THE PLATE: The first hit for Gonzalez, in the fourth, extended his hitting streak to 14 games, longest in the National League this season. Gonzalez is batting .345 (20 for 58) in that stretch, with five home runs, five doubles and 16 runs batted in. Ethier became the sixth Los Angeles Dodger with 600 RBIs. Ethier is hitting .214 overall but .385 (10 for 26) with runners in scoring position.
ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren became the first Dodger to pitch into the eighth inning this season. He had a rough third inning when four hits, an error and a hit batter led to four runs by the Diamondbacks, but he recovered to give a worn bullpen needed rest. Haren was charged with two earned runs (five overall) in his 71/3 innings, allowing seven hits but not walking a batter; he struck out five. Brian Wilson relieved him in the eighth, but again struggled. He gave up a walk, double and single. Kenley Jansen, who had struggled somewhat recently, held Arizona scoreless in the ninth to earn his sixth save.
ON THE MEND: On Sunday Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to throw his first simulated game since going on the disabled list March 30 with a sore back. Manager Don Mattingly said it was uncertain if another bullpen session or simulated game would be next. "It's probably too early for a timetable," Mattingly said. "He just seems to be stepping forward. But obviously as we get moving he's going to have to go out [on a rehab assignment] and throw somewhere." Catcher Ted Federowicz, hit on the left wrist by a Paul Goldschmidt swing Friday, said the area was sore but he was available.
EXTRA BASES: It was Yasiel Puig's turn to be the odd man out in the Dodgers' starting outfield. The Dodgers regained a one-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West with the victory. The Dodgers are 6-1 this season against Arizona.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Josh Beckett (0-0, 4.00 ERA) makes his third start of the season, facing Arizona's Josh Collmenter (0-1, 3.75) at 1:10 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. On the air: TV: SportsNet LA; Radio: 570.
—Steve DilbeckCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun