LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers made enough mistakes in the field and on the basepaths to make a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks a lost cause.
No one covered first base on Miguel Montero's routine grounder to second baseman Dee Gordon — not three-time Gold Glove winner Adrian Gonzalez, nor pitcher Josh Beckett. Montero ended up with a hit, and the Diamondbacks turned the mistake into a pair of runs en route to a 6-3 victory on Sunday.
"I didn't see it off the bat — and then when I saw it, I thought it was going to be between me and Dee. So I went to it," Gonzalez said. "I didn't want it to be one of those balls that just kind of sneaks by us because I didn't go after it. You have to make a decision one way or the other, and my instincts went that way. On a ball hit to the right side, for the most part the pitcher's got to break there. Certainly there was a little miscommunication."
Aaron Hill followed with a single to left field and continued to second as Matt Kemp tried to throw out Montero at third. Gordon then charged Martin Prado's slow grounder with the infield playing in — and ran past the ball as it skidded into short-right-center. Both runners scored and Prado was credited with one RBI.
A fielding error by Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius on Jamie Romak's leadoff grounder in the seventh gave the Dodgers some life. Lefty Oliver Perez, who came in with a scoreless streak of 11 innings, walked Drew Butera before pinch-hitter Justin Turner doubled.
Butera was hoping to score behind Romak, then slammed on the breaks after he was held up by coach Lorenzo Bundy. But Gregorius took the relay from Ross and threw to Prado for the tag on Butera.
"When the ball was hit, I was thinking home. But I think I was just a little too aggressive," Butera said. "I've got to pay attention to the scoreboard a little better. We were still down a few couple of runs, and we could have had a run in with second and third and none out. I think aggressive is good — but in that situation, taking a chance there was not the best idea."
Perez then hit Gordon with an 0-2 pitch, but the D-backs escaped the inning still clinging to a 4-2 lead as Evan Marshall struck out Hanley Ramirez and retired Yasiel Puig on a tapper back to the mound.
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