Pederson Comes Back to Haunt Dodgers in Arizona Victory

Pederson Comes Back to Haunt Dodgers in Arizona Victory
Christian Walker of the Arizona Diamondbacks follows through on a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on May 21, 2024. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Former Dodger Joc Pederson slugged a three-run home run to reach 500 career RBIs, Christian Walker also went deep, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Los Angeles 7–3 on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers had their four-game winning streak at home snapped as they got outhit, 12–6.

Every player in the Diamondbacks’ starting lineup notched at least one hit as Arizona posted its first regular-season victory at Dodger Stadium since April 2, 2023.

“That’s who we want to be—never die. If you give us a chance, give us a breath, we’re going to drive a run across,” Walker said.

Arizona’s Brandon Pfaadt (2–3) didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, when Shohei Ohtani led off with a double. The Japanese superstar stole third base—tearing his pants while sliding—and scored on catcher Gabriel Moreno’s throw that went into left field. The unearned run left the Dodgers trailing 2–1.

“Never backed down. Went right at them,” Walker said of Pfaadt.

The Dodgers pulled within 4–3 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Miguel Vargas doubled leading off, took third on Mookie Betts’ flyout, and scored on Ohtani’s RBI single. Ohtani stole second after Freddie Freeman struck out, and scored on Will Smith’s RBI double to center field.

Ohtani went 2 for 4 with a strikeout, scored twice, drove in a run, and stole two bases. He leads the major leagues in extra-base hits with 31 and total bases with 127. Betts was hitless in three at-bats, with a walk, on his bobblehead night.

Dodgers reliever Michael Grove walked Kevin Newman to open the seventh. After Corbin Carroll struck out, Ketel Marte singled to extend his career-high hitting streak to 20 games—longest in the majors this season—and Pederson followed with a blast to the right-field pavilion, making it 7–3. Pederson ranks fourth with 76 homers at Dodger Stadium since his big-league debut in 2014.

“It’s fun hitting homers everywhere,” Pederson said.

Walker hit his 21st career homer against the Dodgers leading off the sixth. He credits Pederson for loosening up the clubhouse since the designated hitter signed a one-year deal with the D-backs in January.

“He’s fit in great,” Walker said. “His kind of low-maintenance, fun, anything can happen, is good for this clubhouse. Knowing when to take things seriously, [and] knowing when to laugh things off is important. I’m trying to learn from Joc.”

Pfaadt allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked one.

Dodgers starter Gavin Stone (4–2) gave up four consecutive singles in the first, when the D-backs took a 2–0 lead on RBI singles by Eugenio Suárez and Moreno.

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