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1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, July 11, 2021
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 40,464

Dodgers look for encore after hammering Diamondbacks

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. The Dodgers have won nine straight home games against the Diamondbacks, tied for the fourth-longest active streak by any MLB team against any opponent. The three longer streaks are by the Mets over the D-backs (10), the Twins over the Orioles (10) and the Red Sox over the Marlins (10).
  2. Mookie Betts has averaged one double for every 3.57 games played over his career, the third-highest rate in MLB history (minimum 800 games played) behind Hall of Famers Ed Delahanty (one every 3.50 games) and Tris Speaker (one every 3.52).
  3. The Diamondbacks took two of three against Colorado in their last series, snapping a streak of 15 consecutive series losses. It was tied for the third-longest series losing streak by any MLB team in the modern era, behind only a 17-series losing streak by the A's in 1916 and a 16-series streak by the Twins in 1982 (minimum one game in the series for these).
  4. Eduardo Escobar has 19 homers this year after having just four last season. Among players who qualified for the batting title last season, only Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (9 to 28, +19) has had a larger increase in home runs from 2020 to '21.
  5. Dodgers starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs or fewer in 16 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors.
  6. Taylor Widener is holding opponents to a .077 batting average with two outs this season, lowest in the majors among pitchers with at least five starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/9/2021 thru 7/11/2021

Before a deluge of runs that seemed as if it would never end Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were looking like a team that desperately needed the approaching All-Star break.

And after a run of improved play, the Arizona Diamondbacks appeared to be the team that was hitting pause at the wrong time.

That all changed Saturday when the Dodgers matched a franchise record with eight home runs and scored the most runs in a single game in Dodger Stadium history in a 22-1 victory. All eyes will be on the Diamondbacks' response when the teams meet again Sunday afternoon.

Justin Turner and Mookie Betts hit grand slams, while AJ Pollock and Albert Pujols hit two home runs each, as the Dodgers scored nine runs in the first two innings and 13 over the final two.

"I think I saw that it was a Dodgers record," manager Dave Roberts said. "It's hard to score runs in this game and to put up crooked numbers like we did. It's as good as I've ever seen."

The Dodgers could use another laugher Sunday in the first-half finale in order to not tax a bullpen that has been stretched thin of late.

Tony Gonsolin (1-0, 2.11 ERA) will pitch for the Dodgers in just his seventh appearance (sixth start) since dealing with right-shoulder inflammation to start the season. Gonsolin has pitched more than four innings in an outing just once, throwing 5 1/3 in his most recent start -- a 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins last Tuesday. He took a no-decision in the game.

There have been Dodgers roster moves aplenty this month, with 10 different relievers either called up, sent down or placed on the injured list since July 2.

While right-handed reliever Joe Kelly got a day to recharge Saturday, Roberts said he intends to have all of his relievers available Sunday, including late-inning workhorses Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen.

"We're going to do whatever we can to win," Roberts said. "And then they can have four days off."

In five career appearances (four starts) against Arizona, Gonsolin is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA.

Before the Diamondbacks were rocked for the most runs they have given up in a game in franchise history, Arizona had won three of four. It was the first time the Diamondbacks had won three games in four tries since April 29-May 2.

That is now a distant memory, although manager Torey Lovullo said Saturday wasn't the season's low point. The Diamondbacks, after all, had losing streaks of 13 and 17 games.

"That ought to tell you the type of season we've had," he said.

Added Lovullo: "I process it one way: We got our butts kicked. I don't like it, I don't think anybody in that clubhouse likes it, I know the coaches don't like it. We have to find a way to get better and stop games like that from happening. It's unacceptable."

The Diamondbacks still can win their second consecutive series when right-hander Merrill Kelly (5-7, 4.60) takes the mound. He is 0-2 in four starts against the Dodgers with a 4.70 ERA.

It would be Arizona's first series victory on the road since winning series against the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves on the same trip in late April.

While Diamondbacks veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera (hamstring) went on the injured list Saturday, veteran outfielder Kole Calhoun (hamstring) returned for his first game action since April 27.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 11, 2021

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