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PHOENIX — the most pitcher-friendly parks in the National League.Mostly when the Los Angeles Dodgers pitch http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , it seems.The Dodgers have hit a franchise-record 227 homers this season, setting a team record for the second consecutive year, and they had one more — on the road — from Cody Bellinger on Tuesday, but the Diamondbacks hit the one that mattered.Article continues below ...Eduardo Escobar’s walkoff in the last of the ninth inning gave them a 4-3 victory and trimmed the Dodgers’ lead in the NL West to one-half over the Colorado Rockies. The teams are even in the loss column. The Dodgers have four games remaining. The Rockies have five.“It’s always the best way to win a game,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.While the Dodgers continue to peak, the Diamondbacks got a small reprieve from their uncharacteristically subdued offense as the teams prepare for the final contest of a three-game series Wednesday, when Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling (8-5, 2.84 ERA) is to face Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke (14-11, 3.21).Reserve Max Muncy leads the Dodgers with 33 homers (in only 378 at-bats) and Cody Bellinger, Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez, Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig have between 21 and 24. Justin Turner has 13 in 98 games after missing two months with an injury. Manny Machado has 13 of his career-high 37 since joining the Dodgers.“Am I surprised? Probably not,” Roberts said.“If you look at our lineup and our position players, there are a lot of guys who can slug. We have a lot of good players. That’s great. That wins baseball games. But for me, it’s the detail of grinding at-bats. There was a fly ball to the left fielder (Monday) that I think was the best at-bat of the night.”After Turner flew out to left field to end an 11-pitch at-bat in the fifth inning Monday, Machado homered to tie the game at 2. The Dodgers won 7-4.Not to be overlooked, the Dodgers also lead the NL in pitches seen per plate appearance at just over four per. Grandal, Bellinger, Chris Taylor and Muncy are in the top 17 among players who have seen at least 1 http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey ,900 pitches. Hernandez and Turner also are above four, and both have seen more than 1,600 pitches.“You have homers, but there are a lot of at-bats outside of those ‘x’ amount of homers that we hit this year that are very important. I like to appreciate those are important at-bats, too,” Roberts said.Arizona, meanwhile, has struggled to put up the kind of offensive numbers it is accustomed to.The Diamondbacks have 676 runs, ninth in the NL league, and are on pace to average about 4.3 runs, a 17 percent decrease from 2017. David Peralta has had a career year offensively, as has the middle infield combination of Ketel Marte and Nick Ahmed. Paul Goldschmidt was his consistent self.But the loss of free agent J.D. Martinez could not be overcome, injuries to 30-homer third baseman Jake Lamb, A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr., and the addition of the humidor could be factors in the decrease.“It hasn’t been anything that I expected because this group is so talented,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.“This group is so gifted with their ability to set up pitchers and score runs in bunches and blow teams away. For some reason we’ve lacked that. Why? I don’t know. We’ve tried just about everything. Things that I’ve shared with you. Things that I have not shared with you. Just nothing has really seemed to give us a push and be as consistent as we had hoped we would be.”The Diamondbacks have scored fewer runs only once in their last 10 years, in their 69-win season in 2014 that brought a managerial and front office change.“Pitching and defense kind of carried us,” Lovullo said. “It would be nice to see everything function at the same time. I’m disappointed that we didn’t met the expectations. We were spoiled last year. We had a really good offensive team.”Stripling has lost his last two outings, going 3 1/3 innings each time. He missed most of August with a back injury and the Dodgers have taken it slowly on his return. He has made six early-season appearances against Arizona, five in relief and an April 30 start in which he gave up four runs in four innings of an 8-5 loss. He is 0-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 10 career games at Chase Field.Greinke will make his final start of the season Wednesday Jeimer Candelario Jersey , his last chance to get to the 15-win plateau for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. He won 13 games in 2016, his first season with the Diamondbacks, after missing two months with an oblique injury.Greinke is 2-1 with a 4.12 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season and is 6-5 with a 3.83 ERA against them in 14 career starts. PHOENIX — With three of the last nine days off, the Arizona Diamondbacks opted to tweak their starting rotation heading into the meaty final portion of the season that includes eight series against division leaders and/or playoff contenders.Right-hander Zack Godley was pushed ahead of left-hander Robbie Ray as the Diamondbacks flip-flopped the two before entering a three-game interleague series against American League West contender Seattle on Friday.Godley will be starting Friday on five days’ rest after an off day Thursday, and Ray will start the second game of the series on seven days’ rest. Zack Greinke is to pitch the series finale on Sunday.Article continues below ...“Whether it be short term or long term, we just thought it was something that we wanted to look at,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We’ll have opportunities to switch back around in a couple of weeks, but we’ll see how this works for a little while.”Seattle right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (0-2, 5.49 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Godley in the opener on Friday.Godley (13-6, 4.44) has zoomed past his career high in victories and is on pace to break his career highs in strikeouts, starts and innings in his first full season in the Arizona rotation. His 1.45 WHIP is high, but he has made pitches when he needed to, as opponents are hitting .245 against him with runners in scoring position. He has benefited from his team averaging 4.8 runs per game in his starts and has won eight of nine decisions in his last 14 appearances. He has not lost since July 1 against San Francisco. Like Godley, the Diamondbacks (71-56) will enter on a roll. They have won six of seven games to regain first place in the National League West and put a smidge of distance between themselves and the crowded pack in contention for the two NL wild-card berths.Outfielder David Peralta is in the best stretch of his career, which includes a career-high 25 homers this season. He has homered in three straight games and in nine of his last 17 in a torrid August, during which he is 29-for-68 (.426) with 17 RBIs and a 1.391 OPS.“I keep saying it, he’s on his way to having a special year,” Lovullo said.Paul Goldschmidt brings a 14-game hitting streak into the series, during which he is 26-for-58 (.448) with six doubles, five homers and 13 RBIs. He has 29 homers http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , and his two-run shot in the first inning of a 5-1 victory over the Angels on Wednesday was his franchise-record 96th at Chase Field. Goldschmidt leads the NL with 263 total bases (not including the Dodgers’ Manny Machado, who played most of this season in Baltimore).The Mariners (72-56) have won 14 of the previous 24 meetings between the teams, although they have not played since July 27-29, 2015, when the Diamondbacks swept a three-game series at Safeco Field.Godley beat the Mariners 8-4 in the second game of the series in his second major league start, and he has not faced them since. The Diamondbacks took two of three games the last time met in Arizona in 2012.After sweeping a four-game road series against NL West leader Houston two weeks ago, Seattle has dropped six of nine game to fall 5 1/2 games behind Houston in the division while losing series to Oakland, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Astros. They trail the Yankees and Oakland in the AL wild-card chase while starting a nine-game road trip Friday that concludes with four games in Oakland on Labor Day weekend.“Unfortunately, we haven’t put it together,” Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters after a 10-7 loss to the Astros on Wednesday. “To beat the good teams, they’re not going to fold. You got to play a complete game and do it on both sides of the ball.”No. 1 starter James Paxton is on the disabled list with forearm swelling and will miss the series in Arizona, but the Mariners are hoping he can return for Oakland.Robinson Cano has a five-game hitting streak and has hit safely in seven of eight games since he returned from suspension on Aug. 14. He has three doubles, a homer and three RBIs in that stretch.Cano made his first career start at third base on Wednesday, when he hit his 525th career double, tied with Ted Williams for 45th in major league history.Ramirez has put together back-to-back good outings since joining the rotation on Aug. 12, even though he has not received a decision in two Mariners victories.He gave up one run and three hits in five innings against the Dodgers last Saturday after giving up three hits in five scoreless innings in a no-decision at Houston on Aug. 12. He allowed seven homers in 9 2/3 innings of his first two starts of the season in April before missing four months with a shoulder injury.With the Tampa Bay Rays, Ramirez made two career appearances against the Diamondbacks and is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA. He pitched two innings of scoreless relief in the most recent appearance in 2016.

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