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Goldschmidt's homer enough to beat Dodgers

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PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt has had his way against the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, and his bat was about all the offense the Arizona Diamondbacks got Monday. It was all they needed.

Goldschmidt's two-run home run in the first inning was one of their two hits off Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Arizona starter Trevor Cahill and three relievers made it stand up in a 2-1 victory at Chase Field over the reeling Dodgers.

"It was a fastball, first pitch, and I was just looking for something up and over the plate. Fortunately I was able to get it and get it out of there," Goldschmidt said. "He did a really good job the rest of the way. So did Trevor and our bullpen, and it was a really good win."

Goldschmidt's homer was his 33rd, and he moved into a tie with Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez for the NL lead. He leads the NL with 116 RBIs, and he has 13 hits in his last 24 at-bats.

He has been particularly hard on the Dodgers this season, going 26-for-69 with five homers and 18 RBIs against them. He tied San Francisco's Hunter Pence and Colorado's Michael Cuddyer for the most RBIs against the Dodgers this year.

Brad Ziegler gave up singles to Michael Young and Skip Schumaker to open the ninth inning but struck out pinch-hitter Matt Kemp with two outs for his 11th save.

"He has a really good idea what I want to try to do, and I know what he likes to do off me. Fortunately I won the battle tonight," said Ziegler, who has given up one hit to Kemp in nine career at-bats.

The Dodgers (86-64) have lost nine of their last 12 games, and their magic number to clinch the NL West title remained at four.

"The last 11 are basically gone so they don't concern me at all. I can't get those back even if I wanted to waste my energy on trying to figure out what happened to those 11," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Tonight it really goes into what I always think about September. It is hard to win games, and I don't care who you are. Games just get hard to win."

Cahill (7-10) gave up two hits in 5 1/3 innings to run his career record to 6-0 against the Dodgers as the D-backs (76-73) won their third straight with their major league-high 32nd one-run victory.

"Just coincidence, probably," Cahill said of his success against the Dodgers. "They are a division rival and they always have a pretty good lineup. Maybe a little more focused, I don't know."

Yasiel Puig drove in the Dodgers' run with a bases-loaded walk with one out in the sixth inning off Cahill, but reliever Josh Collmenter retired A.J. Ellis and Schumaker to get out of the inning.

Ryu (13-7) gave up two hits and struck out four in his second complete game. He retired 19 straight batters after Goldschmidt's homer before Aaron Hill singled with two outs in the seventh inning. He retired 23 of the final 24 batters he faced

"I threw 100 pitches, but that one pitch was the decision-maker of the game. It was an error on my part," Ryu said. "I believe no matter how good a pitch it was, if it is a home run, it is a mistake."

D-backs leadoff man A.J. Pollock recovered from an 0-2 count and walked on a seven-pitch at-bat in the last of the first inning, and after an fly out, Goldschmidt hit the first pitch he saw for a homer.

NOTES: Kemp was activated from the disabled list before the game after missing the eight weeks with an ankle injury. Kemp, hitting .263 with five homers and 27 RBIs, will be used only as a pinch-hitter in the early stages of his return, manager Don Mattingly said. Kemp has played only 62 games this season and has been on the disabled list three times, previously was sidelined by hamstring and shoulder injuries. ... Arizona activated RHP J.J. Putz from the disabled list before the game. Putz, 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA, missed 3 1/2 weeks with a dislocated right pinkie after attempting to field a ground ball with his bare hand in Philadelphia on Aug. 23. ... OF Andre Ethier (ankle), OF Carl Crawford (back) and SS Hanley Ramirez (back) also were held out of the Dodgers' lineup, although Puig was back after being held out of the starting lineup the previous two games.
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