- Mark Saxon, ESPNLosAngeles.com
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PHOENIX -- The only thing more surprising than the Los Angeles Dodgers nearly rallying from a 7-0 deficit was the reason they had one in the first place. The Arizona Diamondbacks chased Clayton Kershaw in the second inning and kept pounding the ball against Dodgers relievers in a wild 18-7 win at Chase Field on Saturday night. It was the Diamondbacks' first game under newly hired executive Tony La Russa.
For the second time in the Dodgers' past three games, catcher Drew Butera was thrust into pitching duty in a blowout loss.
How it happened: After one of the worst starts of Kershaw's career, the Dodgers rallied, getting to within two runs in the sixth, but Arizona continued to score on a beleaguered bullpen and the Dodgers wasted a two-on, nobody-out opportunity in the seventh inning. The Dodgers were still hanging around until Paul Goldschmidt launched a massive three-run home run off Chris Withrow. He added a two-run shot off Butera.
Hits: Yasiel Puig continues to play with extraordinary energy. He extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a third-inning home run, nearly made a diving catch in right field and leaped high in the air to almost make a circus catch at the wall. Puig went into Saturday's game trailing only Troy Tulowitzki in the National League in OPS.
Misses: It was Kershaw's worst outing in more than four seasons. Manager Don Mattingly had to go and get him with two outs in the second inning after Arizona tripled three times into the left-center field gap amid an onslaught of six hits. Only once in his career had Kershaw gotten so few outs in a start -- on May 4, 2010, against the Milwaukee Brewers. This one was ugly, with two walks and a balk thrown in. It came out of nowhere. Kershaw had dominated Arizona on Opening Day in Australia, and he sailed through the first inning with a couple of strikeouts.
Stat of the game: Puig belted a line-drive, two-run home run in the third inning, giving him at least one RBI in eight straight games. That tied a Los Angeles record, and, if he has an RBI Sunday, he would tie the franchise mark.
Up next: The Dodgers could still win their fourth series against Arizona in four tries if they win Sunday, when veteran Dan Haren (5-1, 2.84 ERA) takes the mound against Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.89). The game begins at 1:10 p.m. PT.
PHOENIX -- The only thing more surprising than the Los Angeles Dodgers nearly rallying from a 7-0 deficit was the reason they had one in the first place.