LOS ANGELES (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks are getting tired of watching the Dodgers win NL West titles year after year. Two seasons ago, they even watched Los Angeles celebrate in their swimming pool beyond the right field fence at Chase Field after clinching the division.
Monday night, the Diamondbacks made sure there wouldn’t be a champagne party at their expense at Dodger Stadium before the home team went back on the road.
Paul Goldschmidt homered after Yasmany Tomas and Aaron Hill gave the Diamondbacks the lead with longballs off Brett Anderson, helping Jhoulys Chacin win an 8-4 decision on Monday night.
The Dodgers’ loss in the opener of this four-game series kept their magic number for clinching a third straight division title at seven, with second-place San Francisco idle. The best they can do is clinch a tie before heading to Colorado.
”If we’re going to do well as a team next year and in the future, it’s not going to be just about the Dodgers,” Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock said. ”I mean, they’re an excellent team and they play great baseball. But I think we’re kind of over that celebration, which I think got blown up a little bit too much at the time.”
Chacin (1-1) allowed two runs, six hits and four walks over 5 1-3 innings in his fourth start for the Diamondbacks, one day after they were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.
”The Dodgers are probably going to win the division, and they definitely deserve it because they’ve been playing all year,” Goldschmidt said. ”But I think our guys take a lot of pride when we go out there, so I don’t think tonight was anything different.”
The Diamondbacks’ bullpen came up big in the sixth after Chacin walked two batters and was pulled with one out. Andrew Chafin struck out pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke and David Hernandez fanned pinch-hitter Scott Schebler.
Goldschmidt made it 6-2 in the eighth with his 29th homer, a line drive off the left field pole against Joel Peralta.
Yasmani Grandal cut the margin to 6-4 in the bottom half with his career-high 16th homer, a two-run shot off Matt Reynolds. But David Peralta helped Arizona put it away with a two-run single in the ninth against Ian Thomas.
Anderson (9-9) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander’s 17 home runs allowed are the most on the Dodgers’ staff.
Chacin escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second by retiring Howie Kendrick on a flyball. Pollock got the Diamondbacks on the board in the third with a sacrifice fly, and they tied it 2-all when Tomas lined Anderson’s first pitch of the fourth inning to left-center for his ninth home run.
”Anderson’s got a lot of movement on all of his pitches, but especially that fastball. You don’t see left-handers have that much sink as he does,” Goldschmidt said. ”When he’s down in the zone, he’s tough to elevate and tough to get hits off of, so you try to get him up in the zone a little bit. He made a couple of mistakes up, and we were able to hit him.”
Arizona scored three more runs in the fifth, extending its lead to 5-2. Anderson yielded four consecutive hits with none out, including Hill’s sixth homer and Welington Castillo’s RBI single.
Chacin gave up four consecutive two-out hits in the first inning, starting with Adrian Gonzalez’s 28th homer and ending with rookie Corey Seager’s RBI double.
Seager became the first Dodger to reach base with a hit or a walk in each of the first 16 big league games he started since Jim Gilliam in 1953 (24 straight). The 21-year-old shortstop, who was the 18th overall pick in the 2012 draft, is 23 for 61 with 11 RBIs, eight doubles and a home run.
Thirteen-year veteran 2B Chase Utley played third base for the first time in 1,575 big league games, due to 3B Justin Turner’s sore knee and 2B Howie Kendrick’s return from the DL on Friday. The 36-year-old Utley had three assists.
Dodgers: SS Jimmy Rollins didn’t start for the 13th straight game because of a sprained right index finger. During that stretch, he has pinch-hit three times and was used as a pinch-runner three times.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (4-12) is 1-8 with a 4.99 ERA over his last 12 starts. The only win during that stretch was against the Dodgers at Chase Field on Sept. 11, a 12-4 rout.
Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (11-10) will get a rematch against Ray. He is coming off a 2-0 home win against Colorado last Wednesday, when he gave up just one hit and no walks in eight innings while throwing only 78 pitches.