PHOENIX – With Mike Bolsinger cruising through four innings and backed with a 4-0 lead, it looked like the Dodgers were on their way to a runaway win over the Diamondbacks. The bullpen had other plans Monday, giving up 10 runs over the final four innings resulting in a 10-6 Dodger loss.
Bolsinger became ill during the game and was forced to leave with what was later revealed as bad oysters on the trip in Miami. Up to that point the Dodger right-hander had only allowed three hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
There was little success for the Dodgers bullpen no matter who took the mound after the fourth.
The game was decided in the eighth inning with the score tied at six apiece. Pedro Baez walked two and gave up a pair of hits to give up the lead before giving way to J.P. Howell. A walk and a two-run single off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt put the game out of reach for the Dodgers.
The early four-run lead evaporated quickly for the visiting team. Joel Peralta gave up a two-run homer to Nick Ahmed and Yimi Garcia gave up a two-run tater to Yasmany Tomas — despite a questionable review on fan interference.
The Dodgers fought right back in the seventh when Jimmy Rollins singled to right with the bases loaded to drive in a pair of runs. But Arizona immediately responded in the home half of the inning with a David Peralta two-run triple.
It was a frustrating night all the way around for the Dodgers who managed a throwing error, multiple errors on the base paths and not being able to capitalize on several opportunities offensively.
Dbacks’ starter Allen Webster wriggled off the hook in the first after loading the bases on two walks and a hit batter within his first 10 pitches. The Dodgers would only score one run in the inning after Adrian Gonzalez grounded into a double play.
Justin Turner also ran the Dodgers out of having the bases loaded again in the third on what would have been an infield single for Yasiel Puig.
The Dodgers had built a four-run lead thanks to three homers in the fourth. Andre Ethier and Yasmani Grandal went back-to-back before Joc Pederson unloaded with a 461-foot bomb to right field.
It was the 20th homer of the year for the rookie Pederson who is the first Dodger rookie to have 20 home runs before the All-Star break. Pederson also walked for the 55th time of the year and is only the fourth Dodger to walk at least 55 times while hitting 20 or more homers in the first half.