Goldschmidt homers twice in Arizona's 3-2 win

Jon Gold, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

LOS ANGELES -- Paul Goldschmidt rounded the bases, trying his hardest not to smile.
Don Mattingly had no such problem.
His eyes were ice, his chin frozen, too -- the snarl glued onto his face, not even a wince every time Goldschmidt stepped on a base.
Flash forward an hour later, and the Los Angeles Dodgers manager was asked whether he considered walking Goldschmidt with two outs and the bases empty in the eighth inning.
Mattingly laughed.
"He hasn't got the Barry Bonds status yet, I don't think," Mattingly said.
Not yet. But maybe soon?
Goldschmidt continued his haunting of NL West pitching -- and particularly his domination of the Dodgers -- with two more home runs in Arizona's 3-2 win Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Diamondbacks' young slugger entered the game with a .336 batting average and 12 home runs in 59 road games against division foes. He feasted on Los Angeles in the first two games of the series, collecting four hits, including a home run in a win Monday and a game-winning ninth-inning shot Tuesday.
He had his fork and knife out again Wednesday.
Goldschmidt had his first career multi-homer game, as he rose to the occasion not once but twice.
After tying the game in the sixth inning with a two-run home run, Goldschmidt smacked an up-and-in fastball from Kenley Jansen to left field to break the 2-2 tie.
"I just tried to get a good pitch and hit it hard," Goldschmidt said. "Sometimes you hit it hard at someone, or it's a high pop-up instead of going out there. Really the difference between anything, a home run and an out, is so little. That's just how the game works -- you just get hot for a little bit, and then it goes the other way."
Goldschmidt's successive smacks were enough to let Wade Miley depart with the lead after he threw 7 2/3 innings of seven-hit, two-run ball to pick up his third win for the Diamondbacks (19-15).
"I was moving in and out more than I had been in the last couple starts," Miley said. "Everything was going more to the middle, and (tonight) I was able to command the zone a little bit better and it made the breaking ball better."
Clayton Kershaw went seven innings for the Dodgers (13-20), who have dropped a season-high seven straight. Kershaw gave up five hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out four.
"Every day at this point is deflating, when it keeps kind of creeping on you, day in, day out," Mattingly said. "You get Kershaw, feel like it's your day, and he keeps them to two runs. And we're not able to put some on the board."
The Dodgers scored first during a productive four-hit fourth inning.
Dee Gordon singled to open the inning, Nick Punto hit an RBI double and Adrian Gonzalez followed two batters later with an RBI double of his own, scoring Punto.
That wasn't enough to overcome the Diamondbacks and Goldschmidt, who manager Kirk Gibson said was "locked in" after watching him take batting practice.
"I didn't even think my batting practices were that good this week," Goldschmidt said. "They weren't really that great. But I remember a game here in 2011, first time I faced Kershaw, and I had the best BP of my life, hitting home runs everywhere. I went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts."
Added Mattingly: "It seems like Goldschmidt has been a one-man wrecking crew on us. It doesn't matter who is out there. He's hitting three of our best guys."
NOTES: The Dodgers called up scorching-hot catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace light-hitting infielder Justin Sellers, who was batting just .191. Federowicz has been annihilating the Pacific Coast League, where he picked up Player of the Week honors as he continued his torrid start (.531 batting average, seven home runs, 20 RBI in 13 games). ... Arizona placed RHP J.J. Putz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow after he left Tuesday's win after facing just one batter. ... The Diamondbacks recalled Will Harris from Triple-A Reno to replace Putz. ... Gonzalez, still bothered by a neck strain, left the game in the fifth inning after diving for a foul ball in the fourth. ... Gregorius entered the game with a club-record-tying 10-game hitting streak to start the season.

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