Grandal, Seager and Pederson homer as Dodgers rout D-backs
LOS ANGELES (AP) After their big offensive day, the Los Angeles Dodgers were still rubbing their eyes at the craziest wild pitch they'd ever seen.
In the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 14-3 victory over Arizona on Sunday, Ross Stripling's pitch, called a ball, deflected off catcher Yasmani Grandal's throat guard and lodged inside his chest protector.
Home plate umpire Todd Tichenor ruled the play a wild pitch and advanced the runners one base, bringing Arizona' Jake Lamb home from third.
''The ball hits his mask, and gets lodged behind the chest protector, that's essentially an extra base advance,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''That was a big play. Fortunately, it didn't prove to be the difference in the game. I had never seen that personally.''
Even long-time Dodger announcer Vin Scully admitted he'd never seen that before.
Yasmani Grandal and Corey Seager each hit three-run home runs, Joc Pederson added a two-run shot for the Dodgers who scored 25 runs in the three-game series.
Stripling, the first of six relievers the Dodgers called on in the come-from-behind victory, was not close to ready for the call when starter Bud Norris came out after two hitters.
''That was kind of crazy,'' Stripling said. ''I was in the trainer's room doing my normal shoulder stuff and pregame routine, and I see Bud tweak something and Doc walk out there. I look at (Adam Liberatore) and say, `Should I go out there?' And he says, `Run!''
In the three-game series, the Dodgers used eight relievers who combined to pitch 13 2/3 innings. In addition to Coleman and Baez making three appearances, Blanton, Avilan, J.P. Howell and Pedro Baez each pitched twice in the three games.
Stripling pitched 3 2/3 innings in a long relief role that Dodger manager Dave Roberts enjoys having at his disposal.
''It's a huge luxury. Ross is a guy who gave us a lot of quality starts early on in the year,'' Roberts said. ''For him to give us length in the bullpen, that's the way it's played out. Ross has saved us in some games.''
Stripling, Louis Coleman (2-1), Luis Avilan, Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez and J.P. Howell combined to pitch 8 2/3 innings in relief.
''We definitely made the right choice (bringing in Spripling),'' said Norris. ''We have a lot of games left to play. It was really uncomfortable, an achy, dead pain, and you're trying to throw the ball as hard as you can. It's a kind of goofy way to warm up. I can cross that off my baseball bucket list.''
The injury is not viewed as serious by the Dodgers, who expect Norris to make his next start.
Grandal, who went 3 for 5 with and scored three times, hit his 15th home run of the season off reliever Dominic Leone in the sixth inning.
Seager, who also had three hits, added his 18th off Steve Hathaway in the seventh, and Pederson got his 16th off Evan Marshall in the eighth to finish off the Dodgers' comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the fourth.
Patrick Corbin (4-10) gave up six runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings for Arizona, which lost for the 14th time in 19 games.
''We just didn't play a really good ballgame today'' Arizona manager Chip Hale. ''Patrick Corbin pitched very well. We cost him a bunch of pitches with errors.''
Yasiel Puig had three hits and two RBIs, and Justin Turner added two hits and an RBI as the Dodgers finished with 16 hits and won for the fifth time in seven games.
Seager was 7 for 13 in the series to raise his batting average to .310.
Puig, making his first start since July 20, reached base four times and scored twice. He has driven in 10 runs in his last 15 starts. Tightness in his right hamstring limited Puig to three pinch-hitting appearances over the previous eight games.
Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke will make his next rehab start with Double-A Reno on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. Greinke will be on a five-inning/80-pitch limit. ... After Saturday night's game, Arizona traded RHP Tyler Clippard to the New York Yankees for prospect RHP Vince Compos, who was assigned to Triple-A Reno. RHP Evan Marshall was recalled from Reno to take Clippard's spot on the Arizona roster, his third stint with the team this year.
Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson will make his next rehab start Tuesday for either Oklahoma City or Rancho Cucamonga, depending upon weather and travel considerations. ... OF Trace Thompson (lower back tightness) continues to progress toward a rehab assignment, taking batting practice, throwing and running, ''sometime next week the goal,'' said manager Dave Roberts. ... OF Pederson, 2B Chase Utley and 1B Adrian Gonzalez were not in the Dodgers' starting lineup. Gonzalez pinch hit in the fourth, Utley came on in a double-switch in the sixth, and Pederson homered as a pinch hitter in the eighth.
Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley (4-6,5.63) makes his first career start against the Nationals on Monday night at home. Despite losing three of his last four decisions, Bradley has allowed two runs or less in three of those outings.
Dodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-1,2.39) makes his sixth start since returning from more than a year recovering from Tommy John surgery at Colorado on Tuesday night. McCarthy began his comeback with five scoreless innings in a win over the Rockies on July 3.