Seems the Dodgers couldn’t beat the Diamondbacks forever. Or six consecutive times.
They went extra innings Friday night, only for what little remained of a Dodger Stadium crowd of 47,680 to see the Dodgers fall, 4-2, in 12 innings.
The Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak by scoring twice off Dodgers reliever Chris Perez. With a spent bullpen, Perez pitched two innings for the first time this season. He gave up a leadoff double to A.J. Pollack in the 12th and then hit Cliff Pennington with a pitch as he attempted to bunt.
After Gerardo Parra’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, Aaron Hill scored both with a bloop single to center field.
There are many odd ways to lose a baseball game, though you have to give it to the Dodgers in the originality department for the way they almost went down.
They were locked in a 1-1 tie in the ninth inning when Chris Withrow opened the inning by walking leadoff hitter Miguel Montero. Tony Campana pinch ran and stole second base and advanced to third on a groundout.
When Withrow fell behind 2-0 to Martin Prado, the Dodgers decided to intentionally walk him. Only Withrow’s first intentional ball sailed over the head of 5-foot-10 catcher Tim Federowicz for a wild pitch.
Campana ran home and the Diamondbacks had scored on a walk, stolen base, groundout and wild pitch when the Dodgers were trying to issue an intentional walk.
The Diamondbacks called on closer Addison Reed in the bottom of the ninth, but with one out Juan Uribe unloaded his third home run of the season (and in his last five games). The drive hit almost halfway up the left-field foul pole, sending the game into extra innings.
Zack Greinke started for the Dodgers and was again Mr. Consistency. He went six strong innings, holding the Diamondbacks to one run on three hits, with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.
Greinke now has 16 consecutive regular-season starts where he has thrown five or more innings and given up two or fewer runs. That’s the longest such streak in the major leagues since at least 1914, the farthest back the Dodgers could check.
The only run Greinke gave up came in the sixth inning, when Montero broke open a scoreless game with a solo home run. Greinke has given up six runs in 22 1/3 innings this season, and five have come via a solo homer.
Despite pitching so well, Greinke left the game trailing 1-0 because Wade Miley looked like a pitcher very tired of being pushed around by the Dodgers this season. In his fifth start of 2014, he was already facing the Dodgers for the third time.
And in his first two outings against the Dodgers this season, he surrendered eight runs in 10 innings and lost both starts.
But Friday night Miley was at the top of his game. He did not give up a hit until Matt Kemp singled with two out in the fourth inning. That was still the only hit he had allowed heading into the bottom of the seventh when on his 108th pitch he served a fastball to Scott Van Slyke.
And Van Slyke lined it out for an opposite-field home run to right. It was the second home run of the season for Van Slyke, who has been getting consistent starts against left-handers. Both home runs came against Miley, though the first was in Australia.
In Miley’s six-plus innings, he gave up the one run on two hits, with five walks and eight strikeouts.