Escobar’s walk-off blast sends D-backs past Dodgers

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Eduardo Escobar hit a walk-off home run to lead off the last of the ninth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 at Phoenix on Tuesday.

The loss trimmed the Dodgers’ National League West lead to a half-game over Colorado.

Escobar hit a 3-2 pitch from Kenta Maeda (8-10) deep into the right field seats as the Diamondbacks (80-78) broke a four-game losing streak.

Cody Bellinger homered for the Dodgers (88-70), but they were only 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and fell into a tie with Colorado (87-70) in the loss column.

The Dodgers tied the game in the top of the ninth inning off Brad Boxberger (3-7).

Enrique Hernandez singled to open the ninth, stole second, took third on a throwing error by catcher Chris Stewart and scored on pinch hitter Chris Taylor’s ground-rule double into the swimming pool in right-center field to tie it at 3. Boxberger got two flyouts and a groundout to get out of the inning.

Yasmani Grandal had three hits and Hernandez had two for the Dodgers, who have four games remaining. Colorado has five.

A.J. Pollock had two hits for the Diamondbacks.

Bellinger led off the second inning with his 24th homer of the season for a 1-0 lead.

Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler gave up only two singles and a walk in the first five innings before running into trouble with two outs in the sixth. Jon Jay singled and Ketel Marte walked before David Peralta doubled them in to make it 2-1.

The Dodgers tied it in the seventh when Grandal tripled to lead off the inning and scored on Hernandez’s single.

Pollock singled with one out in the last of the seventh and took third on Chris Owings’ double. Escobar was intentionally walked before pinch hitter Ildemaro Vargas singled to center for a 3-2 lead. Alex Wood entered and got out of a bases-loaded situation with a forceout and a lineout.

Buehler gave up four hits and two runs in six innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

Diamondbacks starter Matt Koch also got a no-decision, allowing one run on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

–Field Level Media

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