A little of this, a little of that, not enough of anything.
The Dodgers continued their meandering ways Sunday, this time losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3, at Chase Field.
The Dodgers have lost three of their last four and are now one game above .500 (23-22) for the season. Not even playing the Diamondbacks – a team they were 8-1 against after Friday – could kick-start a rather lackluster Dodgers team.
Right now, they are simply a mediocre team.
Sunday they got home runs from Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, a decent start from Dan Haren, and for a change, some effective relief. And it just added up to a second consecutive loss to the last-place Diamondbacks.
And the Diamondbacks winning a series at home for the first time this season.
The day saw the end of Yasiel Puig’s 16-game hitting streak and a frustrating brief experience from Matt Kemp, who in two at-bats left five runners on base. Puig went 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.
The Dodgers led, 3-1, after Gonzalez hit his two-run homer in the third, but Arizona came right back. A Haren wild pitch and a Chris Owings single scored one in the bottom of the third and a Cody Ross solo homer in the fourth tied it up.
The Diamondbacks won it in the fifth when Eric Chavez – who entered the game in the second inning when Martin Prado left the game with blurred vision – hit a two-run homer.
Haren (5-2) went six innings, giving up the five runs on 10 hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. Brandon League continued his turnaround, with two scoreless innings. League has not given up a run in his last 13 appearances.
The Dodgers went quiet offensively after the third, but had chances in the sixth and eighth that went kaput. With runners at first and second and one out, Kemp pinch-hit and bounced into a double play. With the bases loaded in the eighth, he lined out to second.
The Dodgers are now five for 31 with the bases loaded, the worst mark in the majors.
Right-hander Josh Collmenter (2-2) lasted only 5 1/3 innings for Arizona, but it was enough to pick up the win. Addison Reed threw a scoreless ninth to earn his 12th save.