LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carl Crawford had a tough night in the field, completely overshadowing his home run and leaving Chris Capuano in several tight spots he couldn’t wiggle out of.
The Dodgers’ 9-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night was filled with mistakes from start to finish.
Matt Kemp was thrown out in the eighth inning trying to stretch a single into a double with his team trailing by four runs, and was thrown out by left fielder Cody Ross. The Dodgers also failed to turn a pair of double plays that would have helped considerably.
“We didn’t do enough to win the game,” manager Don Mattingly said. “You don’t make that many mistakes all over the field in different areas and feel good about that, because you know you can’t play like that and win.”
Los Angeles has dropped five in a row to fall five games under .500 at 13-18. The Dodgers were coming off three frustrating one-run losses at San Francisco over the weekend — two of them on game-ending home runs.
Trailing 1-0 after Kemp’s sacrifice fly, Arizona loaded the bases in the second inning with none out. Capuano (0-2) came close to escaping the inning unscathed when third baseman Juan Uribe fielded Josh Wilson’s grounder and started a double play that ended with lead runner Miguel Montero getting tagged out by Uribe in a rundown.
But Crawford tried to make a sliding catch on a sinking liner by pitcher Trevor Cahill, and it bounced past him and all the way to the warning track for a triple. Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra scored on Cahill’s first extra-base hit in 89 career at-bats to that point, and A.J. Pollock followed with an RBI double for a 3-1 lead.
Crawford had second thoughts about his decision to be aggressive on the play.
“I just tried to make something happen right there,” he said. “I took a gamble when I probably shouldn’t have, and I paid the price for it. But that happens. I think everybody’s just trying to do too much right now with the way the team’s playing, and I was trying to do too much right there. I should have just played it on the hop. It definitely was a mistake that I’m going to learn from.”
Crawford got one of those runs back when he led off the third with his fifth homer, a towering shot that kept carrying until it disappeared over the right-field wall, just beyond Parra’s leaping attempt.
But Crawford got himself and the Dodgers into more trouble with his glove in the fourth, when he caught a fly ball by Didi Gregorius and then dropped it making the transfer to his bare hand. Third base umpire Bruce Dreckman ruled it was not a catch, and Gregorius ended up at second on Crawford’s first error of the season.
“I don’t know what that was all about, I felt like I caught it, and the TV showed I caught it,” Crawford said. “I don’t know why he called that a non-catch. He’s got to get in better position to see that. I know people make mistakes, but that was a catch.”
Paul Goldschmidt followed with a homer to center that extended Arizona’s lead to 5-2, and Ross then hit a drive halfway up the left field pavilion three pitches later.
Capuano then fell behind Montero 2-0 before he was lifted by Mattingly. Before heading up the runway to the clubhouse, the frustrated pitcher tossed his glove onto the bench and threw an unidentified object against the dugout wall.
“You never want to come out of the game,” Capuano said. “At that point, I still felt strong and wanted to at least get through the inning for a little moral victory, if nothing else. But when you give up a couple of home runs like that and fall behind the next guy 2-0, you can’t blame the manager for pulling you.
Capuano was charged with six runs, five earned, and eight hits in four-plus innings. The left-hander, who began the season in the Dodgers’ bullpen after he and Aaron Harang were squeezed out of the rotation by the acquisitions of Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu, was activated from the disabled list after being sidelined for almost three weeks because of a left calf strain.
“The training staff did a great job with my calf, getting it ready to play. So physically I felt great,” Capuano said. “Maybe I was pressing a little bit and missing a little bit with some pitches.”
The Diamondbacks added three more in the ninth against Javy Guerra on RBI singles by Goldschmidt, Montero and Parra.
Cahill (2-3) allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings, struck out two and walked three. The right-hander is 5-0 in eight career starts against the Dodgers with a 2.10 ERA, his lowest against any opponent.
NOTES: The Dodgers opened a roster spot for Capuano by placing 2B Mark Ellis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 27, because of a strained right quad. Ellis joins SS Hanley Ramirez, LHP Ted Lilly, RHP Chad Billingsley and Greinke, who broke his collarbone in a bench-clearing brawl at San Diego on April 11. … The NHL announced that Dodger Stadium will host an outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25. … Steve Sax, whose 1,795th and final game of his eight-year stint with the Dodgers was the World Series clincher in `88 at Oakland, returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time since becoming the Diamondbacks’ first base coach.