Diamondbacks Bite Dodgers 5-2 in Series Opener

Los Angeles Dodgers #33 David Price pitched three strong scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.. Photo by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.

7/10/21 LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Dodgers (54-34) were one game behind the San Francisco Giants, after dropping three games to the Miami Marlins, were back home at Dodgers Stadium to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (25-64).

David Price (LHP 4-0) pitched 4.0 innings for the Dodgers, and Taylor Widener (RHP 1-0) pitched 4.1 innings and gave up one home run as the D-backs beat the Dodgers 5-2.

Price loaded the bases in the top of the first inning got out of the jam with some great pitching. AJ Pollock hit a home run over the right-center-field wall in the bottom of the third inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

The D-backs took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning after Darien Nunez gave up a two-run home run to Eduardo Escobar over the right-field wall.

Arizona Diamondbacks #5 Eduardo Escobar looking up and giving praise for his home run. Photo by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.

The Dodgers had two runners on base in the bottom of the fifth inning with no outs, but some great defensive plays by the D-backs held the Dodgers scoreless.

The Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth inning had runners in scoring position will Cody Bellinger and Will Smith with one out, and Chris Taylor at-bat hit a fly ball allowing Bellinger to advance to third base, but the D-backs closed the door again on the Dodgers.

Max Muncy made an error at first base that would have been a double play to end the inning. Moments later, the D-backs led 3-1 in the top of the seventh inning after David Peralta hit a single that scored Josh Rojas.

"When you're not scoring runs consistently, things certainly get more magnified," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "It's hard to pitch perfectly, and we've got to be good on defense. When you're not scoring runs, you've got to make sure those things are airtight, and tonight it wasn't."

Los Angeles Dodgers #11 AJ Pollock had a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning. Photo by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.

Mookie Betts grounded out in the bottom of the seventh inning, which allowed AJ Pollock to come home to make the score 3-2.

Alex Vesia, in the top of the ninth inning, gave the D-backs a 4-2 lead after walking Daulton Varsho and Christian Walker scored. The D-backs scored the final run of the game and led 5-2 after Jake Reed came in the game for Vesia, walked Josh Reddick, and David Peralta came home to secure.

This was a huge road win for the D-backs and perhaps will be the start of a turnaround. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #ladodgers #dbacks #davidprice #mlb #eduardoescobar #ajpollock #nationalleaguewest #tgsportstv1