The good news is that the Los Angeles Dodgers are heading into the All-Star break while still in sole possession of first place in the National League West. The bad news is that they're heading into the break with a three-game losing streak and only have a half-game lead on the San Francisco Giants. On Sunday, the Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks by a final score of 7-1. The D-backs claimed the last three games of a four-game series to move to within four games of first place.
The Dodgers were held to just two hits and a walk against Arizona starter Trevor Bauer through six innings and weren't able to scratch out their lone run until the top of the ninth inning. Los Angeles starter Chris Capuano, by contrast, gave up five runs in five innings on nine hits and a walk. Capuano was unable to pick up his 10th win and falls to 9-4.
The Diamondbacks struck first, as Justin Upton hit an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning and Paul Goldschmidt drove him in with a ground-rule double. Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer off Capuano in the fifth inning to make it 5-0 Diamondbacks. Miguel Montero hit a two-run single in the seventh to make it 7-0.
The Dodgers scored their lone run on a Juan Uribe sacrifice fly in the ninth. The Dodgers managed just five hits, two of which were from Juan Rivera. Doubles by Rivera and Capuano represented the only Dodgers extra-base hits of the game.
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