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Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 3

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LOS ANGELES -- Paul Goldschmidt fouled off five two-strike pitches before hammering a Brandon League offering to left-center field for a two-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Goldschmidt delivered in a big way Monday in the Diamondbacks' slump-busting win, collecting four hits, including a home run. Most of that damage was done against Chris Capuano, against whom Goldschmidt has hit .800 for his career.

On Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, Goldschmidt came up big again.

Though he had a first-inning, RBI groundout, Goldschmidt was held quiet until he came up with Gerardo Parra on first base after a ninth-inning-opening walk. Goldschmidt stayed patient and drilled his seventh home run of the season.

A night after the Diamondbacks banged 15 hits to take a 9-2 win after losing five of six, Arizona again punished Los Angeles pitching, compiling 11 hits. Didi Gregorius had three hits, and Parra and Eric Chavez each had two hits for the Diamondbacks (18-15).

The Dodgers (13-19) tied the game at 3 in the seventh inning on a Nick Punto RBI double, wiping out Arizona pitcher Brandon McCarthy's best chance at his first win of the year. McCarthy, who remains 0-3, allowed eight hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings before exiting with the lead.

Arizona took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning on a Chavez single that scored Gregorius.

Los Angeles and Arizona exchanged runs in the first and second innings to take a tie game into the third.

Goldschmidt's groundout scored Parra in the top of the first inning, and Andre Ethier responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to score Matt Kemp.

After Jason Kubel put the Diamondbacks up once more with a single that drove in Chavez, Punto hit a home run to deep right to knot the score at 2.

NOTES: The Dodgers placed INF Jerry Hairston Jr. on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 6) with a left groin strain. ... Los Angeles called up INF/OF Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace Hairston on the roster. ... Arizona starting pitchers entered the game with a 2.05 ERA in their last 11 starts at Dodger Stadium. ... Los Angeles gave C A.J. Ellis the night off, with Ramon Hernandez starting in his place. ... Los Angeles entered the game ranked second in the National League in on-base percentage (.333). ... Gregorius extended his hitting streak from the start of the season to 11 games, breaking Arizona record.
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