Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3

The Sports Xchange
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LOS ANGELES -- As soon as Yasiel Puig went sprawling to the ground after getting drilled by an Ian Kennedy fastball, it was on between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Not only was it on, it got ugly fast.
In between all that, a close game unfolded.
That is, until light-hitting Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz cleared the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning with a double off the left-field wall to give the Dodgers a two-run lead, setting the stage for new closer Kenley Jansen to pick up the save in the ninth as the Dodgers rallied to beat the Diamondbacks 5-3 on a wild night at Dodger Stadium.
Wild in more ways than one, as the teams traded bean balls and punches after Puig was drilled in the head by Kennedy in the bottom of the sixth.
First, the Dodgers retaliated when Zack Greinke plucked Miguel Montero the in the seventh, emptying both dugouts and bullpens but the situation quickly settled down and peace was restored without any fisticuffs.
But that didn't last long.
In the bottom of the seventh, Kennedy nailed Greinke, which prompted a wild melee in which players squared off against players, coaches squared off against coaches and managers Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson were right in the middle of things.
It took about 10 minutes to get things sorted out -- with Puig, Kennedy and Gibson getting thrown out along with Dodger hitting coach Mark McGwire and Arizona hitting coach Turner Ward.
Despite frayed feelings and lingering anger, the game finally resumed tied at 2.
Greinke opened the fifth inning plucking Cody Ross. Jason Kubel immediately took advantage and gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead with a two-run shot.
Two innings later, Kennedy nailed Puig in the head with a fastball, sending the Cuban sprawling and a sending chill down the back of the Dodgers dugout and their fans.
Puig eventually rose to his feet with the help of team trainers, then put his helmet back on and gingerly ran to first base rather than leave the game -- the crowd roaring its approval.
That set the stage for Andre Ethier's long home run to tie the game, 2-2.
Arizona changed all that in the top of the eighth when Willie Bloomquist singled home A.J. Pollock to make the score 3-2.
But Federowicz and the Dodgers threw the final punch, and it was a knockout.
NOTES: As expected, the Dodgers moved Brandon League out of the closer's role and inserted Kenley Jansen as his replacement. The move came a day after League blew his fourth save opportunity out of seven when he surrendered four runs in the ninth inning in a 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers signed League to a three-year, $22.5 million contract last winter, which only exasperates the situation. "Obviously when you make a commitment to a guy you've done your research and you believe he's the guy. And not that he isn't. He still can be," Mattingly said. "It's hard for me to just abandon that. We spent a lot of time researching and looking is this the guy and then you make that commitment. ... The Diamondbacks suffered a big blow to their bullpen when it was learned Matt Reynolds suffered a slight tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and he will be shut down for the next six weeks. Reynolds was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday and left-hander Joe Paterson was called up from Triple-A Reno in his place. The Diamondbacks vowed to carry on. "Injuries can never be an excuse for us," Gibson said. "It's a blow. There's other guys that are prepared for the opportunity to be part of the team in this capacity and it opens up that avenue for them. We need to get him back healthy and hopefully he can come back and contribute before this year gets over. Reynolds had a 1.98 ERA and two saves in 30 appearances this year.

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