It wasn’t fair. Not even a little. Not even with the usual belated comeback.
The Dodgers completed their three-game series sweep Sunday of a bad Diamondbacks team that appears intent on getting worse, rolling behind Adrian Gonzalez’s daily home run and four stolen bases from Dee Gordon for an 8-6 victory at Chase Field.
The Dodgers are now 5-0 against the Diamondbacks on the young season, and there has definitely been a pattern. The Dodgers jumped out to leads of 6-0, 5-0 ad 5-0 in the three games of the weekend series, after leading 3-0 and 7-0 in their first two meetings in Australia.
The Diamondbacks again scored late, making the game appear closer than it was.
Dodgers’ right-hander Dan Haren wasn’t nearly as sharp as he had been in his first two outings, and it didn’t matter. The Dodgers used three home runs -- Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe adding solo shots to join the three-run homer from Gonzalez -- to run away from Arizona.
Running, of course, is what Gordon has always done extremely well. But never before had he stolen four bases in a single game. Two came following walks and the last when reliever Randall Delgado mentally wandered to Tombstone, kicked the dirt on the mound and Gordon just blazed into second before Delgado had thrown a pitch to Yasiel Puig.
Gordon is also leading the Dodgers in hitting with a .400 average.
Haren (2-0) had allowed only one earned run and one walk in the 12 innings of his first two starts, but at no time seemed really on his control game Sunday. It took him 32 pitches just to get out of the first, going to a full count on five batters.
The homers by Kemp and Gonzalez off beleaguered starter Trevor Cahill (0-4) led to the early 5-0 lead for Haren, but he gave up a double to Gerardo Parra, a triple to Aaron Hill and a home run to Eric Chavez to let the Diamondbacks pull to within 5-3 in the third.
Aided by a walk and an Arizona error, the Dodgers scored two more in the fifth inning before Uribe’s first home run of the season in the seventh gave the Dodgers an 8-3 lead.
Considering how Haren was struggling -- giving up nine hits and throwing 110 pitches in 5 2/3 innings -- the lead seemed safe enough.
But Jamey Wright gave up a three-run homer to Mark Trumbo in the bottom of the seventh, giving Arizona late hope.
Relievers J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Kenley Jansen finished off the Diamondbacks, with Jansen retiring the side in order in the ninth to earn his fourth save.
The Dodgers are off Monday before heading to San Francisco, though they may have to drag Gonzalez out of Phoenix.
In the three Arizona games, Gonzalez went seven for 13, with three home runs and 10 RBIs. He has a nine-game hitting streak, has an extra-base hit in eight consecutive games and has homered in four straight -- the latter two numbers are each one shy of a club record.
The Dodgers are now 7-1 on the road, matching the club's best since 1983.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times