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Diamondbacks have no answers for Dodgers in sweep

Diamondbacks have no answers for Dodgers in sweep

"I mean, it's pretty simple, but it's harder to do than it sounds".

PHOENIX (AP) - Zack Greinke left Los Angeles for a big payday in the desert. "When he's on his game, it's tough for any lineup". Four relievers - including starter-turned-post-season-reliever Kenta Maeda - gave up nothing more than a one single by David Peralta in the bottom of the ninth.

"It was about finishing them off", Darvish said, "because momentum can go their way". Los Angeles particularly excelled in close games while going on an 82-25 run from late April to late August - matching the 1998 Yankees for the best four-month performance in the past 100 years.

The Dodgers, as you may recall, went for a romp in the Chase Field pool back in 2013 after clinching the NL West title.

That was fine by the Dodgers.

"The best we've seen him since we got him", Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said of Darvish.

Then again, there is a big difference between playing and watching. They were supposed to be great, and they were bad. "They expect us to be here and we expect us to be here, too".

Bellinger, the likely NL Rookie of the Year, had 39 regular-season homers but was 1-for-12 in the NLDS before his opposite-field homer made it 2-0 in the fifth inning.

Manager Dave Roberts has said of Darvish: "I think that for him it was more of coming over here and trying to figure out why he can't be consistent". The club was able to drive-in Taylor in after a Cody Bellinger RBI groundout to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers rolled the Diamondbacks to extend their series lead to 2-0. On the first batter he faced with an inherited runner on first, Verlander allowed a two-run homer to Andrew Benintendi, surrendering the lead and putting the Astros' postseason life at risk.

After Ketel Marte's first-inning bunt single, Darvish sent down 13 in a row before Descalso hit his second homer of the series.

The Dodgers tinkered with Darvish's mechanics after the trade, and he was masterful through most of the night, mixing a 98 miles per hour fastball with his deep repertoire of offspeed pitches.

Cleveland committed the fewest errors in the AL this season but a fielding error and a passed ball were in part to blame for the two-out rally in the second inning which resulted in four straight hits off Bauer and four runs (zero earned).

"When he's on, he's really good", Lovullo said. "He was in command from the first pitch".

The Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping that a day off and an efficient Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20) start can turn things around. They'll will move to the NLCS, where they will have a chance to win their first pennant since 1988, even though they've been in the NLCS in five out of the last 10 seasons. All followed by a 10 pitch at-bat to Yasiel Puig forced Greinke to throw 29 pitches in the first inning.


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