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By Jon Gold, The Sports Xchange September 12, 2013 2:25 AM
Los Angeles Dodgers spoiled Paul Goldschmidt's 26th birthday Tuesday night with a win that dropped the Arizona Diamondbacks to .500 for the first time since early April.LOS ANGELES -- The
He made sure the next day was a piece of cake, though. Goldschmidt had four hits and two RBIs, and the Diamondbacks stopped a two-game losing streak with a 4-1 win Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. "Our team has done that the whole year," Goldschmidt said. "We've had a lot of tough losses, ups and downs. I think every team probably has it; long season, ups, downs. We wanted to come out and play hard every night, and we were able to score a few early." In addition to Goldschmidt's big night, Willie Bloomquist had three hits for Arizona, and A.J. Pollock, Aaron Hill and Tuffy Gosewisch each added two hits. "That's how the team is built," Goldschmidt said. "We have a deep lineup. Tuffy comes in and gets two big doubles there. Willie and A.J. at the top of the lineup. A lot of guys contributed, and that's what it is going to take for us to win." After missing his previous turn in the rotation due to back stiffness, Dodgers left Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-6) allowed 10 hits and three runs in six innings while striking out just one as Arizona built a quick 3-0 lead. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Ryu, "That's what he does; the game against the Cubs, he gives up 12 hits, stays in the game. Gets a couple double-play balls. He gives up some hits. He throws the ball around the plate, he's going to give up some hits. But as we see with Hyun-Jin, he knows what he's doing, he gets out of trouble. This guy can pitch." Los Angeles relievers didn't fare much better, as the Diamondbacks pounded out five more hits in the last three frames. Meanwhile, Arizona starter Patrick Corbin continued his utter domination of the Dodgers. Corbin (14-6) has a 2.27 career ERA against Los Angeles after allowing just one run on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He is 3-1 in six career games (five starts) vs. the Dodgers. "Not a game I want to continue to pitch like," Corbin said. "They got some guys on, but I was able to mix up some pitches. I was able to get out of a lot of jams. ...I thought that's when I made some quality pitches today. "I thought I had a really good changeup today, something I haven't had the last couple starts. I just felt good out there." Chaz Roe got two outs, David Hernandez pitched a scoreless eighth, and Brad Ziegler picked up his 10th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Goldschmidt collected his 108th RBI of the year, a single in the top of the first inning that scored Pollock with the game's first run. Martin Prado followed soon after with an RBI on a double play, and the Diamondbacks added a third run on a Gosewisch RBI double that scored Gerardo Parra. In the seventh, Goldschmidt's RBI single increased the lead to 4-0. "He's been good against everyone," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's had a great year for us. He's just kind of developing as a kid." Yasiel Puig ended Corbin's shutout bid with a solo homer in the seventh, his 16th of the season. Puig and Hanley Ramirez each had two of the Dodgers' eight hits, but that wasn't enough to make up for the shaky outing by Ryu. "I think (Ryu) was OK," Mattingly said. "I think he was comfortable all week, I got him out there when he was comfortable with his back. They hit a hanging curveball early there, not sure what he did with Willie there and then Goldy hits a good pitch. But he did what he does and kept us in the game." NOTES: The Dodgers selected the contract of LHP Onelki Garcia from Triple-A Albuquerque to take the place of RHP Shawn Tolleson, who was transferred to the 60-day disabled list after suffering a hip injury that occurred during rehab for a back injury. Garcia combined to go 2-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 35 games (six starts) with Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. ... Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (left ankle sprain) could be closer to making a return, as he reportedly is utilizing a running machine and could resume running soon. He has been relegated to just batting in simulated games after aggravating a hamstring injury during his recovery from the ankle sprain.