Joc Pederson is making his hits count for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Pederson seeks to homer in his fifth consecutive start Sunday and help the Dodgers complete a three-game home sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The last four hits by Pederson have left the ballpark, including a tying solo shot in Saturday’s 6-4 victory. His six homers tie him for the major league lead among rookies with Toronto’s Devon Travis, and his .447 on-base percentage ranks fifth in baseball.
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Los Angeles (15-8) has won the last four games started by Pederson, who has eight of his 15 RBIs in that span.
”It’s about winning ballgames,” Pederson said. ”We’re playing great baseball and it’s fun to be a part of. I don’t feel that anyone needs to put the team on their back. If someone doesn’t do the job, the next person behind them will pick them up. That’s part of being a great team.”
The Dodgers have taken nine of their last 10 at home against Arizona (10-13), including five straight. They rallied in the seventh inning Saturday when Pederson tied the game and Howie Kendrick singled in the go-ahead run.
Diamondbacks relievers have yielded six runs over 5 2-3 innings this weekend.
"Our bullpen is going to have to figure out what it takes to get these guys out," manager Chip Hale said.
Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt homered for the third time against Los Angeles this year. He has 12 hits in his last 22 at-bats and ranks eighth in the majors with a .440 on-base percentage.
The pitching matchup between Brett Anderson and Chase Anderson is a rematch of an April 10 contest between these teams that marked the first time in 15 years that starters with that last name faced each other.
It last happened Aug. 13, 2000 – when the Diamondbacks’ Brian Anderson met Pittsburgh’s Jimmy Anderson.
Both of these Andersons are Texas natives who allowed three runs in the first meeting, a 4-3, 10-inning victory for Arizona in which Brett lasted six innings and Chase pitched five.
The all-Anderson affair was the first game in which both starters had the same last name since Seattle’s Felix Hernandez outpitched Cleveland’s Roberto Hernandez in a 5-1 win Aug. 21, 2012.
Chase Anderson (0-1, 4.24 ERA) gave up five runs over 5 1-3 innings in Monday’s 5-4 loss to Colorado. The right-hander went 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts at Dodger Stadium last year as a rookie.
Adrian Gonzalez is 3 for 7 against him and Yasmani Grandal is 3 for 8. Grandal is 6 for 16 with five runs scored against Arizona.
Brett Anderson (1-1, 5.49) has failed to last past the fifth inning in his last two outings, yielding three runs over 4 2-3 on Monday in an 8-3 victory over San Francisco. The left-hander is allowing left-handed hitters to bat .414 for the worst mark by an NL southpaw.
Goldschmidt is 3 for 6 with a homer against him and Mark Trumbo is 4 for 14 with one homer.
Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe is batting .324 during an 11-game hitting streak, though he has yet to play in this series.