The Dodgers wrapped up a challenging stretch -- a 10-game road trip and 20 games in as many days overall -- Wednesday with a 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
The Dodgers went 6-4 on the trip, which, considering how they've struggled on the road, is great progress. They actually picked up a game in the standings during the 10-game stretch, returning home 2½ games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. It was their first winning trip of the season.
Now they get their first off day since June 11, before opening a 10-game homestand Friday against the Mets.
The Dodgers took two of the three games against the Diamondbacks in Arizona and have won nine of their last 10 meetings.
They jumped to a 4-0 lead, which seemed more than enough for left-hander Brett Anderson, who was once again very sharp Wednesday.
Anderson (5-4) is their groundball specialist, though in the last two games he has struck out 17 in 14 innings. He entered Wednesday's game leading the majors in groundball percentage (68.7).
He went seven innings against the Diamondbacks, giving up one run on a solo homer by Aaron Hill in the sixth. He surrendered seven hits and two walks and struck out seven.
Enrique Hernandez gave Anderson the early lead when he led off the game with a triple against rookie left-hander Robbie Ray. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Howie Kendrick.
The Dodgers scored three times against Ray in the third inning. A.J. Ellis and Hernandez doubled to score one. A Kendrick single scored Hernandez and a Justin Turner double scored Kendrick. The four runs are the most Ray (2-4) has given up in his seven starts.
The Dodgers' offense pretty much shut down after the third inning, but Anderson and the bullpen were just able to hold Arizona in check.
The Diamondbacks scored once off Yimi Garcia in the bottom of the eighth. A.J. Pollock singled and took third on a Yasmany Tomas hit. Hill drove in his second run with a sacrifice fly. Adam Liberatore came on to get Wellington Castillo to fly to right for the third out.
Kenley Jansen picked up his 13th save, but not before giving up a solo home run to David Peralta in the ninth.