D-Backs' Collmenter loses 4-1 to Dodgers

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks intentionally walked hot-hitting Adrian Gonzalez with first base open to get to Yasiel Puig. That didn't work out - nor did Miguel Montero's ill-fated decision to test Puig's arm in right field.

Puig hit a three-run homer off Josh Collmenter during a four-run fourth inning and threw out Montero trying to stretch a single into a double in the second - just two reasons why the Diamondbacks lost 4-1 to the Dodgers on Sunday in the rubber game of the third series this month between the NL West rivals.

"I think we did the right thing there," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We decided to put him on and go for Puig. Just thought that if we made better pitches, we had a better chance of getting him out. Also, you have the forceout at second base if you need it, too. He made us pay for it."

Montero, the Diamondbacks' catcher, defended the decision.

"It's definitely not an easy choice," he said. "They've got a good lineup from top to bottom, so you have to think about who you have to pitch around because they're all pretty good hitters. I thought it was a good pitch that we made on Puig, but he just put a good swing on it. We wanted to come inside on him."

Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a second-inning double. In last week's three-game series at Phoenix, he was 7-for-14 with three homers and 10 RBIs.

"I think you have walk Adrian, the way he is swinging and what he did to them last weekend," Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly said. "That's the danger of walking a guy. But you do it for the right reason, and I think Gibby would do it every time. The danger is extra motivation, but it's really the right move."

Collmenter (0-2) allowed four runs and five hits over six innings. Carl Crawford drove in the first run with a triple into the right field corner - his first of the season and 118th triple of his career, the most among active players.

Puig, who hit 19 home runs last year as a rookie after coming up to the Dodgers in June, lined his second of the season over the fence in left-center and flipped his bat after connecting with Collmenter's 0-1 pitch.

"He did what he had to do," Puig said through a translator. "Adrian is left-handed and a right-handed pitcher, the manager made the right call on that one. But I prepared well for that at-bat. I guess if I hit a home run, it was the wrong decision."

Puig entered Sunday with two hits in four previous at-bats against Collmenter.

"It was a pitch I needed to make a couple of inches off the plate in, and instead, it came back over the plate a little bit," the Right-hander said. "That's really the only pitch I'd like back out of the whole thing. I felt really good, even going into that at-bat against Puig. We had a game plan as to what we wanted to do, and just lack of execution on my part."

Dodgers starter Josh Beckett pitched five innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and walking two, but settled for his third no-decision in three starts.

Beckett threw 83 pitches and allowed only a leadoff single to right field in the second by Montero, who tried to stretch it into a double and was thrown out by Puig.

"Obviously, I'm not the fastest guy in the world, but he had to make a perfect throw," Montero said. "I could have done a better job going around first base, but I took too wide a turn and lost a couple of steps. Even though I was thrown out, I thought I was safe. But it's a tough call for the umpire. The ball beat me. And when the ball beats you, you're pretty much out."

Jamey Wright (1-0) got three outs for his 93rd career victory, spread over 19 big league seasons and 10 different clubs.

Chris Perez relieved Wright in the seventh with two on and none out. He retired his first batter, then gave up an RBI double by Eric Chavez. But Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save and fifth against the Diamondbacks.

NOTES: Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock left the game because of tightness in his neck. ... For the second time in this series, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt was awarded first base on catcher's interference against Tim Federowicz. ... The Diamondbacks' upcoming four-game series at Chicago will give pitching coach and former Cub Mike Harkey the opportunity to be at Wrigley Field on Wednesday when the ballpark's 100th anniversary is celebrated. Harkey was the fourth overall pick by the Cubs in the 1987 draft and made his first 71 big league starts for them. ... Sunday was Mattingly's 53rd birthday.

Puig hits 3-run HR as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Yasiel Puig made it a very enjoyable 53rd birthday for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Puig hit a three-run homer and threw out a runner at second base, leading Los Angeles over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Sunday.

Puig connected with two outs following an intentional walk. He flipped his bat after capping a four-run sixth inning against Josh Collmenter (0-2).

"Obviously it was a big hit by Yasiel," Mattingly said. "I was hoping it would get up. I knew it was going to get us another run, so it was a good feeling right away."

The Diamondbacks walked Adrian Gonzalez with two outs to pitch to Puig.

"It's definitely not an easy choice," Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said. "They've got a good lineup from top to bottom, so you have to think about who you have to pitch around because they're all pretty good hitters."

"I thought it was a good pitch that we made on Puig, but he just put a good swing on it. We wanted to come inside on him," he said.

Puig hit a liner over the fence in left-center. He hit 19 homers last season as a rookie after coming up to the Dodgers in June.

Dodgers starter Josh Beckett pitched five innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and walking two.

Beckett and some of his teammates have been getting intravenous fluids because of a flu bug that's been going around the clubhouse. He wound up with his third no-decision in three starts, with none of them going past the fifth inning.

The three-time All-Star righty remained winless since Sept. 30, 2012, when he beat Colorado at Dodger Stadium.

Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts last season before sitting out the final five months because of a groin strain and a subsequent bout with thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve condition that required him to undergo surgery in July.

"It would have been nice to go a little deeper, especially with how much the bullpen's been used. But I felt like it was probably in the best interest of the team to not keep going," Beckett said.

"I felt like I've done a decent job in my last couple of outings, but I think there's still room for improvement," he said.

Jamey Wright (1-0) got three outs for his 93rd career victory, spread over 19 big league seasons and 10 different clubs.

Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save and fifth against the Diamondbacks.

Chris Perez relieved Wright in the seventh with two on and none out. He retired his first batter, then gave up an RBI double by Eric Chavez.

Beckett threw 83 pitches and allowed only a leadoff single to right field in the second by Miguel Montero. But Montero tried to stretch it into a double and was thrown out by Puig.

"Obviously, I'm not the fastest guy in the world, but he had to make a perfect throw," Montero said. "I could have done a better job going around first base, but I took too wide a turn and lost a couple of steps."

The Dodgers broke through in the sixth after Dee Gordon singled and Carl Crawford had a hit-and-run triple into the right field corner. It was Crawford's first triple of the season and 118th of his career, the most among active players.

NOTES: For the second time in this series, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt was awarded first base on catcher's interference against Tim Federowicz. ... Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a second-inning double. ... The Diamondbacks' upcoming four-game series at Chicago will give pitching coach and former Cub Mike Harkey the opportunity to be at Wrigley Field on Wednesday when the ballpark's 100th anniversary is celebrated. Harkey was the fourth overall pick by the Cubs in the 1987 draft and made his first 71 big league starts for them. ... Arizona's catchers are a combined 1 for 20 throwing out opposing basestealers. ... Chavez struck out both times he faced Beckett, and is 4 for 23 lifetime against him with eight Ks.

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