Dodgers routed 18-7 by Diamondbacks

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 18, 2014 at 12:11 am •  Published: May 18, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — Clayton Kershaw had been solid in two starts since returning from the disabled list.

Once the Arizona Diamondbacks started hitting the two-time Cy Young Award winner, he couldn't stop them.

Kershaw allowed seven runs in the second inning in the second-shortest outing of his career, leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deep hole that led to an 18-7 loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

"I just got hit hard tonight. I don't know why," Kershaw said. "I left some balls up. They got hits. You can't really make excuses saying they found holes. They hit balls hard, they hit gaps. I just got hit hard tonight."

Hoping to shake out of an early season funk, the Diamondbacks announced before the game that they had hired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa as their chief baseball officer.

Once it started, Arizona showed off its offensive capabilities by beating up on Kershaw (2-1).

The Dodgers came storming back with a five-run sixth to pull within 9-7, but Arizona kept hitting to set team records for runs, hits in a nine-inning game (21), extra-base hits (13) and triples in an inning (3 in the second).

Paul Goldschmidt was the catalyst, with two homers, two doubles, a career-high six RBIs and a team-record five runs.

Chris Owings finished a single shy of the cycle, Martin Prado had three RBIs and Chase Anderson (2-0) pitched into the sixth inning for Arizona. A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez also homered, helping the Diamondbacks emphatically end a seven-game home losing streak to Los Angeles.

"We hadn't really broken out this year and tonight we did," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Anybody they threw at us, we were patient, got good pitches to hit and hammered them.'"

The Dodgers tried to keep up even after Kershaw struggled.

Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer to set one Dodgers record, tie another and stretch his hitting streak to 16 games. Carl Crawford also hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers had 13 hits.

They just couldn't seem to keep the Diamondbacks from racing around the bases, going through five pitchers before turning to catcher Drew Butera to pitch in the eighth inning.

"We just paid for our mistakes tonight," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "Give them a lot of credit they swung the bats extremely well. Anytime we were in the middle of the plate, they didn't miss it. That is what good teams do. That is a good team over there."

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