Miller hit hard by Dodgers in yet another loss

BY foxsports • September 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- Even a stint in the minors couldn't cure what ails Shelby Miller.

The right-hander gave up a season-high-tying 11 hits in Arizona's 5-2 loss to the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night, the Diamondbacks' fourth defeat in six games.

Miller (2-11) extended his losing streak to five games after giving up five runs -- four earned -- in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest start since May 1 against Colorado. He struck out two and walked none in his second start since returning from the minors on Aug. 31. He has lost 11 of 13 decisions since being acquired in a five-player trade from Atlanta last offseason.

"I'm struggling with the loss a little bit," he said, "just kind of tired of losing and it's just not going good right now."

A.J. Pollock's two-out homer in the first inning and Jake Lamb's sacrifice fly in the fourth accounted for Arizona's runs.

The D-backs fell to 5-9 against the Dodgers this season with the series finale on Wednesday.

Miller's ERA has ballooned to 7.90 during his five-game skid dating to June 25.

"I thought I made a lot of good pitches that they got hits on," he said. "They were pretty aggressive out of the first inning."

The Dodgers produced most of their runs on singles a night after hitting five home runs off former teammate Zack Greinke in a 10-2 victory in the series opener. They had 11 hits.

"After last night we felt like him giving us a good outing and leading us to victory would have been a big step," Arizona manager Chip Hale said of Miller. "But you have got to give them credit, they are swinging the bats really well."

Ross Stripling and four relievers combined on a four-hitter and the rookie helped himself with a go-ahead single in the second inning to help the Dodgers win their fourth straight.

They remained a season-high four games ahead of San Francisco, which beat Colorado 3-2.

Stripling (4-6) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked none.

Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 42nd save in 48 chances in his 400th career appearance. He is two from tying his career high saves set two years ago.

Stripling's first career RBI single down the first-base line in the second gave Los Angeles the lead for good at 2-1. Justin Turner tied the game with a RBI single in the bottom of the first.

The Dodgers produced three runs on five hits in the third. Yasmani Grandal's RBI groundout made it 3-1 before Josh Reddick and Andrew Toles came up with RBI singles with two outs for a 5-1 lead.

D-backs: LHP Robbie Ray (7-12, 4.36 ERA) is averaging 11.03 strikeouts per nine innings, fourth-best in the NL. He didn't factor in the decision in his last outing on Sept. 2 at Colorado, allowing six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Dodgers: RHP Brock Stewart (0-2, 7.94) last pitched for the Dodgers on Aug. 28 against the Cubs, allowing two hits in five scoreless innings while not factoring in the 1-0 victory. He struck out a career-high eight and walked two.

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