LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't allow a victory against the Los Angeles keep their attention away from the big picture, which is keeping Bronson Arroyo healthy.
Arroyo left after five innings of Arizona's 6-3 victory against the Dodgers on Sunday with elbow pain.
The right-hander informed manager Kirk Gibson that he couldn't continue because of pain that had been bothering him since a 110-pitch complete-game victory over Washington on May 13.
"It wasn't that much fun," Arroyo said after throwing 78 pitches and allowing a run on five hits. "I was just getting outs on location and getting comfortable enough in that environment to throw a bunch of slop up there and get guys out. It's been tough for a while. I've won the last three games not knowing if I could really get back out there inning to inning. How I've won all three, I have no idea."
The 15-year veteran is expecting to get an MRI on Monday.
"When I was throwing 83-85, it was like manageable. But it's slowly sliding downhill. So I may be facing the inevitable for the first time in two decades," Arroyo said. "I can't keep going out there pitching like I did today many more times. It's just getting to the point where there's too much pain, and it's too difficult to get hitters out with that velocity time and time again."
Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero homered in support of Arroyo (7-4), helping the Diamondbacks avoid a three-game sweep.
Goldschmidt hit his 15th home run in the first inning against Josh Beckett (4-4) and Montero hit his 10th in the ninth, a two-run shot off Chris Perez.
For the second time in two games, Montero threw out Puig trying to steal second base in the first inning with Gonzalez at bat. Puig has been caught seven times on 14 steal attempts. Montero entered this series having thrown out only six of 39 runners.
Beckett was charged with four runs — three earned — and five hits through seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks.
Some absentmindedness by the Dodgers helped the Diamondbacks during a two-run seventh inning that increased the lead to 4-1.
Montero ended up with one-out infield single after second baseman Dee Gordon fielded his routine grounder and had neither first baseman Adrian Gonzalez nor Beckett covered the bag.
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