Carl Crawford suffers hamstring injury in Dodgers’ 9-5 win

The Dodgers' Carl Crawford follows through on a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning on Saturday.

The Dodgers’ Carl Crawford follows through on a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning on Saturday.

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Sometimes even when the news is good, it’s accompanied by the bad.

The Dodgers had every reason to feel good about their outcome Saturday night, rebounding from the previous night’s pounding to beat the Diamondbacks 9-5 at Chase Field.

The Dodgers hit another four home runs, including the first by rookie Corey Seager, who continues to impress. Seager has gone 14 for 30 to start his career, including five doubles, seven walks and seven RBI. He has reached base nine consecutive times.

The victory maintained their 7½-game lead over the Giants and reduced their magic number to 14 with 21 games remaining.


Yet the good feelings were tempered by Carl Crawford coming up with another hamstring injury and right-hander Mike Bolsinger’s continue inability to pitch deep into games.

After the Dodgers jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings behind homers from Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson, the Diamondbacks got back into the game in the fourth.

Bolsinger gave up a walk and two singles to load the bases with no outs. Nick Ahmed’s fly to center sacrificed one run in. A Bolsinger wild pitch advanced the runners and pinch-hitter Peter O’Brien’s single scored a second run and an A.J. Pollock sacrifice fly a third.

Ender Inciarte doubled and Arizona held O’Brien at third. But that was it for Bolsinger, the Dodgers calling on left-hander J.P. Howell.

In his 3 2/3 innings, Bolsinger was charged with three runs on seven hits and four walks. By the time his pitch count gets to around 60, he seems to melt. In his last 11 starts, he’s pitched beyond the fifth just three times.

Howell had to face David Peralta, who with the bases loaded hit a soft liner to center. Pederson appeared to get a poor jump and it looked like the drive might fall in, but then the speedy Crawford came streaming in to make the catch.


And apparently strain his right hamstring. Crawford, who has a history of hamstring issues, missed almost three months earlier this season with an oblique injury.

The Dodgers already have Yasiel Puig, Howie Kendrick and Enrique Hernandez down with hamstring injuries.

With Bolsinger unable to get out of the fourth, the Dodgers were forced to rely on their bullpen, which has been something of an adventure most of the season. The Dodgers used seven relievers. Juan Nicasio and Luis Avilan gave up one run each, but Howell, Jim Johnson, Yimi Garcia, Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen threw without allowing a run.

The Dodgers did most of their offensive damage against ex-teammate Rubby De La Rosa, who went just two-plus innings. He was charged with six runs on nine hits, including the Dodgers’ first three homers.

Alex Guerrero, who limped off of Friday’s game with a sore calf, pinch hit and doubled in a run in the ninth.