After the Dodgers fell 6-3 to the Diamondbacks on Sunday, Josh Beckett’s record since his no-hitter fell to 1-3.
And he’s actually pitched well.
Just not well enough to overcome Dodgers miscues, both mental and physical. Not well enough to overcome days like Sunday, when the Dodgers were just unable put together a sharp game before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 52,519.
Beckett (4-4) gave up a first-inning bomb to Paul Goldschmidt for his 15th homer, but retired the next 12 Diamondbacks until David Peralta’s two-out double in the fifth. After Peralta stole third, Beckett unleashed a wild pitch that allowed him to score and break a 1-1 tie.
The Dodgers had tied it in the second on a walk to Adrian Gonzalez, a Scott Van Slyke infield single off the glove of shortstop Didi Gregorius and a Jamie Romak groundout.
Arizona was still leading 2-1 in the seventh when it scored two more. With one out, Miguel Montero hit a slow bouncer to Dee Gordon at second. Gonzalez initially moved for the ball and never made a step toward the bag, and Beckett was late covering, Montero happily accepting the gift infield hit.
Aaron Hill doubled Montero to third, and Manager Don Mattingly brought the infield in for Martin Prado.
Prado cooperated with a hard hit bouncer to Gordon, but as he charged the ball it went under his glove for an error as both Montero and Hill scored. It was the Dodgers’ first error in eight games.
Beckett called it a day after allowing four runs (three earned) in seven innings, and five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.
In four starts since his May 25 no-hitter against the Phillies, Beckett has a 2.65 ERA and three losses.
The Diamondbacks added to their lead against struggling reliever Chris Perez in the ninth. Perez walked Goldschmidt and then gave up a two-run homer to Montero. Two more singles and a walk loaded the bases, but Jamey Wright came in to end the Arizona rally.
The Dodgers scored their second run in the bottom of the seventh, though they could have pushed more across. Romak was safe on an error by shortstop Gregorious, reliever Oliver Perez walked Drew Butera and pinch-hitter Justin Turner then lined a double off the wall in left-center.
Romak scored, but Butera, running closely behind him, may have misunderstood third base coach Lorenzo Bundy’s waving Romak home as his own green light. Bundy put the stop sign up for Butera, but by the time he figured it out he had rounded third. He put on the breaks and retreated to the bag, but it was too late. He was tagged out.
After Gordon was hit by a pitch, the Dodgers still had two on with one out but Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson called on reliever Evan Marshall, who struck out Hanley Ramirez and got Yasiel Puig on a comebacker.
The Dodgers did score once in the ninth when pinch-hitter Andre Ethier singled and scored on a Ramirez double, but Addison Reed finished out the ninth without further damage. Light-throwing Bronson Arroyo went five innings for the Diamondbacks to pick up the win and raise his record to 7-4.