Dodgers slumping, not panicking in stretch run

Today's starting pitchers Robbie Ray vs. Rich Hill

Feeling the effect of soreness for the past week, Goldschmidt told Call to the Pen, sitting in the visitors' dugout at Dodger Stadium before Monday's game with L.A., he wants to play and could play through the discomfort.

"We got our butts kicked, all around", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

"I've made it clear from the beginning that a contract would work out when it was meant to work out", Hurdle said."I love working here".

"It's an impressive run and it says a lot about what we're doing day by day", Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said after Arizona's 5-1 win over the Rockies in Colorado on Sunday. "After the first four innings I thought maybe I'm going to do just as good as Robbie, but it didn't quite keep up the pace with him".

Three of the pitchers who surrendered homers to Martinez on Monday - starter Rich Hill and relievers Pedro Baez and Josh Fields - are expected to be part of the Dodgers' postseason staff. Chances are, they will all see Martinez again - in October.

Monday's game was scoreless in the fourth inning when Martinez blasted his first of four dingers to make it 2-0.

In April the Dodgers got to Greinke, putting 10 hits and five runs on him, but they met twice in August and Greinke was strong both times, going 12.2 innings with 14 strikeouts and four earned runs. The left-hander allowed three hits and no walks in 7 2/3 innings.

The Indians try for their 14th straight victory, which would tie the longest winning streak in team history that they set last season. Martin Maldonado hit two home runs for the Angels, who went ahead for good on Kole Calhoun's two-run triple in the 11th inning.

"They're a tough lineup", Ray said.

Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer to right off Fields in the eighth to give the Diamondbacks a 9-0 lead. Don't start doing something different because we're in a little bit of a slide here or anything different than what you've been doing before. Andrew Casher evened his mark at 9-9 with six innings of two-run ball.

But THREE homers from @JDMartinez14! Pittsburgh's Chad Kuhl (7-10) scattered four hits in seven innings. He is expected to be back in the lineup for the series against Colorado from September 8-10.

Given the stature and value of Goldschmidt to the Diamondbacks, the insistence of an MRI seems, to all parties, a prudent and reasonable approach.

The team will have a Dodger-themed altar, similar to those used on Dia de los Muertos, behind the Right Field Pavilion where fans can share their memories on notecards.

Robbie Ray wipes his face after giving up a single to the Dodgers' Logan Forsythe in the sixth inning, breaking up a flawless game.

The Dodgers recalled outfielders Joc Pederson and Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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