PHOENIX (AP) — The Diamondbacks jumped on one of baseball’s best pitchers early and kept bashing, taking down records along the way.
Not a bad way to show off for their new Hall of Fame executive.
Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, had a career-high six RBI and set a team record with five runs scored, helping the Diamondbacks rout the Dodgers 18-7 on Saturday night in their first game since hiring Tony La Russa as chief of baseball operations.
"We hadn’t really broken out this year, and tonight we did," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Anybody they threw at us, we were patient, got good pitches to hit and hammered them."
Hoping to shake out of an early season funk, the Diamondbacks announced before the game that they had hired La Russa to run their baseball operations.
Once it started, they showed off their offensive capabilities by beating up on Clayton Kershaw (2-1), scoring seven runs in the second inning against the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Los Angeles came storming back with a five-run sixth to pull within 9-7, but Arizona kept hitting to set team records for runs, hits in a nine-inning game (21), extra-base hits (13) and triples in an inning (3 in the second).
Goldschmidt was the catalyst, hitting a three-run homer in the seventh inning, a two-run shot in the eighth and adding two doubles to finish 4 for 5.
Chris Owings finished a single shy of the cycle, Martin Prado had three RBI and Chase Anderson (2-0) pitched into the sixth inning for the D-backs. A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez also homered, helping the Diamondbacks emphatically end a seven-game home losing streak against the Dodgers.
"It was nice because we hadn’t been scoring much lately, this entire year," Goldschmidt said. "We’ve had better at-bats lately, and tonight was a really, really good effort."
The Dodgers tried to keep up, even after the second-shortest outing of Kershaw’s career.
Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer to set one Dodgers record, tie another and stretch his hitting streak to 16 games. Carl Crawford also hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers had 13 hits.
They just couldn’t seem to keep the Diamondbacks from racing around the bases, going through five pitchers before turning to catcher Drew Butera to pitch in the eighth inning.
"We just paid for our mistakes tonight," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "Give them a lot of credit — they swung the bats extremely well. Any time we were in the middle of the plate, they didn’t miss it. That is what good teams do. That is a good team over there."
Kershaw was solid in his first two starts off the disabled list and looked good in the first inning against the Diamondbacks, striking out two.
The D-backs followed Kershaw’s second walk of the season by pounding baseballs to the gaps, including three triples and a double. Cliff Pennington had the first triple, driving in two runs, and Pollock and Owings followed with run-scoring triples. Goldschmidt added a run-scoring double, and Tuffy Gosewisch and Prado had RBI singles, chasing Kershaw after just 1 2/3 innings.
Kershaw allowed seven runs — three more than his previous season total — and six hits to go along with three strikeouts, two walks and a balk.
"It’s kind of shocking anytime he has an inning like that," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "You expect him to go seven or eight (innings) and give up two or three runs or less. If you can score, you have a good chance of winning. It’s definitely not the norm with him."
Anderson won his major league debut against the White Sox last Sunday but wasn’t quite as sharp against the Dodgers.
Puig hit the first pitch he saw in the third inning well over the wall in left-center, making this the team-record eighth straight game he’s had an extra-base hit and run batted in. Puig’s eight straight games with an RBI matched the team record held by four others, most recently Adrian Beltre in 2004.
Anderson was lifted after giving up a three-run homer to Crawford, and the Dodgers pulled within 9-7 on a two-run double by Andre Ethier off Evan Marshall.
Anderson allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"I had to battle pretty much from pitch one today, but the offense came through and put up a lot of runs," Anderson said. "It’s nice when you have that."
NOTES: Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill was scratched from the lineup with a sore right shoulder. … Puig has six homers and 21 RBI during his hitting streak. … The last team to have three triples in an inning was Houston in the first inning against Washington on April 19, 2012. … D-backs RHP Josh Collmenter will start the series finale against the Dodgers. He is 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA in his last four starts. RHP Dan Haren, who pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2008-10, will pitch for the Dodgers.