Dodgers frustrated by loss to Angels, Kenley Jansen accepts blame

ANAHEIM — The Angels were down to their final strike Friday when Kenley Jansen threw four straight balls to Shohei Ohtani. Jansen then watched a stolen base, two errors and two hits conspire to ruin his evening.

Then he visited Yasiel Puig’s locker.

“I told him ‘this is on me, don’t worry about it, man,’” Jansen said.

Then the Dodgers’ closer showered, took questions from two separate groups of reporters and relayed the same message in so many words: The Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Angels on Friday was his fault.

The mood in the visitors’ clubhouse at Angel Stadium was almost foreign. Jansen had converted 21 consecutive save opportunities when he entered in the ninth inning to protect the Dodgers’ 2-1 lead. Ohtani was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts when he stepped into the batter’s box with two outs.

Suddenly, Jansen’s cut fastball kept missing high.

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“I just feel like I almost lost my feel on the fastball up in the zone,” he said. “I couldn’t get it where I wanted. That caused that walk. That kind of irritated me. I just have to keep my composure in the game.”

Jansen did not regain his feel by the time the next batter, David Fletcher, dug into the batter’s box. He threw over to first base to keep Ohtani honest, but Ohtani stole second on Jansen’s first pitch to Fletcher. Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal appeared to hesitate before throwing the ball; once he did, the ball veered wildly into center field and Ohtani advanced to third on the throwing error.

Fletcher lined Jansen’s next pitch, a cutter at the top of the zone, into the outfield. The score was tied 2-2.

The next batter, Ian Kinsler, also watched Jansen’s first pitch sail high. He lined the next ball into right field, where Yasiel Puig played a short hop. The speedy Fletcher was running on contact and threatening to score when Puig threw the ball home from the outfield. No cutoff man was tall enough to catch the throw, which bounced in front of Grandal and over his left shoulder to the backstop. No one was backing up home plate. Fletcher, who stopped briefly around third base, scored easily.

“I’ve got to be backing up home plate,” Jansen said. “I saw (Fletcher) stop at third there. That’s my fault. When I see him stop I was going the other direction. I kind of stopped with him instead of me keep going. Like I said, I took this loss on me today. I take all the blame on me today.”

Puig was charged with an error on the play, his fifth of the season. Jansen hadn’t blown a save since April 17.

The loss snapped the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak.

“This was a really frustrating one,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “To have your closer in, one strike away … to give it away like that was tough.

“We haven’t lost a game like this in some time.”

Matt Kemp drove in both Dodger runs and had two of the team’s four hits. Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda pitched 5-2/3 solid innings, striking out nine batters for the third consecutive game. The only run he allowed was on a balk.

In five starts since returning from a strained right hip, Maeda has a 2.54 earned-run average, with 30 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings.

Scott Alexander struck out Albert Pujols to end the sixth inning, then pitched a scoreless seventh. Daniel Hudson pitched a scoreless eighth. The Dodgers are 41-2 this season when leading after eight innings.

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Dodgers reach deep into their bag of tricks to beat Diamondbacks

  • Dodger starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Dodger starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed, left, runs to first on an inside-the-park home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood, front, during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed, left, runs to first on an inside-the-park home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood, front, during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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  • Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez #14 hits the wall going after a Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed #13 fly ball during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.   Ahmed  scored on the play for an inside the park home un in the first inning. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez #14 hits the wall going after a Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed #13 fly ball during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. Ahmed scored on the play for an inside the park home un in the first inning. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte #4 catches the ball and makes the tag for the out as the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 attempts to steal second base during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte #4 catches the ball and makes the tag for the out as the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 attempts to steal second base during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte #4 catches the ball and makes the tag for the out as the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 attempts to steal second base during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte #4 catches the ball and makes the tag for the out as the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 attempts to steal second base during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 reacts during an at bat during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger #35 reacts during an at bat during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Diamondbacks’ Steven Souza Jr. #28 slides in to second base as Dodgers second baseman Austin Barnes #15 throws to first for a double play to end the third inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Diamondbacks’ Steven Souza Jr. #28 slides in to second base as Dodgers second baseman Austin Barnes #15 throws to first for a double play to end the third inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Dodger starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed #13 dives for home plate as Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 waits for the throw during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  Ahmed was safe on the play for an inside the park home run in the first inning.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed #13 dives for home plate as Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 waits for the throw during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. Ahmed was safe on the play for an inside the park home run in the first inning. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed #13 dives for home plate as Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 waits for the throw during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  Ahmed was safe on the play for an inside the park home run in the first inning.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed #13 dives for home plate as Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 waits for the throw during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. Ahmed was safe on the play for an inside the park home run in the first inning. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed, center, looks up for the call from umpire David Rackley after diving past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal on an inside-the-park home run during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed, center, looks up for the call from umpire David Rackley after diving past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal on an inside-the-park home run during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed waits for the call after diving in ahead of the tag for an inside-the-park home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed waits for the call after diving in ahead of the tag for an inside-the-park home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed #13 is congratulated in the dugout after hitting an inside the park home run against the Dodgers during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed #13 is congratulated in the dugout after hitting an inside the park home run against the Dodgers during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor scores on a wild pitch as Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin moves in to cover a possible play at the plate during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor scores on a wild pitch as Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin moves in to cover a possible play at the plate during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, right, is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, right, is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 is hit by a pitch during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 is hit by a pitch during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin wipes his face after the end of the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin wipes his face after the end of the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor watches his single as Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin ducks out of the way during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor watches his single as Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin ducks out of the way during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers Enrique Hernandez #14 and Yasiel Puig #66 collide as Puig throws to second base on a Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt #44 in the seventh inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Dodgers Enrique Hernandez #14 and Yasiel Puig #66 collide as Puig throws to second base on a Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt #44 in the seventh inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte #4 attempts to catch a Dodgers’ Austin Barnes #15 foul ball during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte #4 attempts to catch a Dodgers’ Austin Barnes #15 foul ball during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal #9 slides in to home to score in the sixth inning during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal #9 slides in to home to score in the sixth inning during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Chase Utley #26 beats the throw to Diamondbacks third baseman Deven Marrero #10 during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    The Dodgers’ Chase Utley #26 beats the throw to Diamondbacks third baseman Deven Marrero #10 during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen #74 points to the sky after the final out during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018.  The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen #74 points to the sky after the final out during their game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium Wednesday May 9, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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LOS ANGELES — Seven men batted with the bases loaded for the Dodgers on Wednesday. None of them got a hit. Their outfielders committed two errors, their pitchers issued five walks, and their center fielder misplayed a fly ball into an inside-the-park home run two batters into the game.

The Dodgers won anyway.

Two wild pitches, a hit batter, and a sacrifice fly led to four runs before Chase Utley’s two-run double put the finishing touch on the Dodgers’ 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The division rivals will not play each other again until August – an act of scheduling mercy for the Dodgers. Arizona (24-12) is 8-4 in head-to-head games and still enjoys an eight-game cushion over the fourth-place Dodgers (16-20) in the National League West.

The Dodgers needed their full bag of tricks before an announced crowd of 45,600 at Dodger Stadium.

Chris Taylor reached base four times, using two walks, a single and a hit by pitch. Yasiel Puig went 3 for 4 in his return from the disabled list. Dodgers starter Alex Wood eluded trouble for five innings, allowing only one run before the bullpen navigated a reckless game to safety.

The Dodgers’ unconventional three-run rally in the sixth inning broke open a 1-1 game.

Yasmani Grandal led off with a single against Fernando Salas (3-3). Austin Barnes singled with one out and Puig followed with another single to load the bases. Left-hander Andrew Chafin replaced the right-handed Salas, and he walked pinch-hitter Max Muncy to force in the go-ahead run.

Silvino Bracho was the next man out of the Arizona bullpen. He promptly plunked Taylor to force in the Dodgers’ third run. Bracho then tossed a wild pitch to force in Puig with the fourth run – all the insurance the Dodgers would need.

The win ended the Dodgers’ three-game losing streak. They will welcome the Cincinnati Reds for a four-game series starting Thursday.

Wood has been sneaky consistent in his fourth full season as a Dodger. The left-hander has not dominated as he did in 2017, when he went 16-3 with a 2.72 earned-run average and made the All-Star roster. But of his eight starts, six have seen Wood face 20 to 25 batters over five to six innings. What he’s lacked in efficiency, Wood has atoned for with consistency.

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If a series of clean, crisp innings were Wood’s goal Wednesday, his defense did not help.

In the first inning, Nick Ahmed hit fly a ball to the top of the center-field wall 398 feet from home plate. Kiké Hernandez, getting his second start of the season in center, faced a tough task trying to catch the ball. He timed his jump correctly but his glove flopped clumsily against the blue padding and came up empty. The ball caromed back toward the infield. Puig, the Dodgers’ right fielder, gamely fired a fastball to home plate, but it was too late. Ahmed was credited with an inside-the-park home run and the Dodgers trailed 1-0.

In the second inning, a bouncing base hit to left field skipped out of Matt Kemp’s glove, sending a runner to third base with nobody out. It was the first error by Kemp and only the second by a Dodgers outfielder this season. But Wood came back to strike out Alex Avila and Patrick Corbin before Chris Owings lined out to end the inning.

Wood got out of a third-inning jam by getting Ketel Marte to ground into a double play. The left-hander didn’t retire the side in order until the fifth. By then he was up to 94 pitches.

Wood’s fastball command betrayed him enough to induce three walks. It wasn’t his best start, but he handed the game to the bullpen having allowed just one run for the second time in as many starts.

Corbin could say the same; he and Wood faced off in Arizona six days earlier and each left with a no-decision in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win. This time Corbin allowed three hits and walked four batters, a season-high, and struck out seven.

The only run he allowed came in the fourth inning. Taylor led off with a single and stole second base. With one out, Kemp and Grandal drew back-to-back walks, loading the bases for Cody Bellinger.

Bellinger worked the count full, only to swing and miss at an 89-mph fastball down the middle of the plate. Corbin also struck out the next batter, Austin Barnes, but not before a wild pitch allowed Taylor to trot home from third.

More to come on this story.

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Kenley Jansen blows save, Wilmer Font runs out of gas as Dodgers lose to Diamondbacks in 15 innings

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger dives safely into home plate on a base hit by Chase Utley as Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila is late with the tag during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger dives safely into home plate on a base hit by Chase Utley as Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila is late with the tag during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) follows through on a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) follows through on a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) high fives Matt Kemp after hitting a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) high fives Matt Kemp after hitting a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson scores on a base hit by teammate Corey Seager as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila waits for the throw during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson scores on a base hit by teammate Corey Seager as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila waits for the throw during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager follows through on an RBI base hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager follows through on an RBI base hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) follows through on a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) follows through on a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) points upward after hitting a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) points upward after hitting a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager follows through on an RBI base hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager follows through on an RBI base hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt scores on a base hit by A.J. Pollock against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt scores on a base hit by A.J. Pollock against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt runs after a double agents the Los Angeles Dodgers’ during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt runs after a double agents the Los Angeles Dodgers’ during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb dives for a ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb dives for a ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) looks at the baseball after walking in a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) looks at the baseball after walking in a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is removed by manager Dave Roberts #30 during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is removed by manager Dave Roberts #30 during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) bunts foul for a strikeout against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) bunts foul for a strikeout against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager forces out Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila (5) as he turns a double play on David Peralta during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager forces out Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila (5) as he turns a double play on David Peralta during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp takes a hit away from Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp takes a hit away from Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ during the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ during the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chris Owings rounds the bases after hitting a game-tying, 3-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe looks down during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chris Owings rounds the bases after hitting a game-tying, 3-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe looks down during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chris Owings (16) connects for a game-tying, 3-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chris Owings (16) connects for a game-tying, 3-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chris Owings (16) high-fives teammate Ketel Marte (4) after hitting a game-tying, 3-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chris Owings (16) high-fives teammate Ketel Marte (4) after hitting a game-tying, 3-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates in the dugout after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates in the dugout after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger dives safely into home plate on a base hit by Chase Utley as Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila is late with the tag during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger dives safely into home plate on a base hit by Chase Utley as Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila is late with the tag during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Yasiel Puig #66 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Yasiel Puig #66 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Catcher Alex Avila #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks catches the ball as Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides in safely to score a run during the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Catcher Alex Avila #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks catches the ball as Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides in safely to score a run during the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • The Diamondbacks’ Jeff Mathis hits a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 15th inning of an 8-7 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    The Diamondbacks’ Jeff Mathis hits a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 15th inning of an 8-7 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Alex Avila #5 and Archie Bradley #25 after a walk-off single to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Alex Avila #5 and Archie Bradley #25 after a walk-off single to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and fox sports reporter Kate Longworth are dunked with gatorade by David Peralta #6 after a walk-off RBI single to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and fox sports reporter Kate Longworth are dunked with gatorade by David Peralta #6 after a walk-off RBI single to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and fox sports reporter Kate Longworth are dunked with gatorade by David Peralta #6 after a walk-off RBI single to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and fox sports reporter Kate Longworth are dunked with gatorade by David Peralta #6 after a walk-off RBI single to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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PHOENIX — Okay, now you can worry.

It was bothersome Friday night when Kenley Jansen couldn’t touch 90 mph and gave up a home run to Joe Panik in his first inning of the season. What happened Monday night at Chase Field, though, was even more troubling.

Jansen entered in the ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and did hit 91-92 mph steadily (though they were matched by as many 88-89 mph cutters). But he walked back-to-back hitters with two outs – Jansen didn’t walk any batter until June 25 last season – then gave up a game-tying three-run home run to Chris Owings on a flat 90 mph cutter.

Hours later, the Dodgers reclaimed the lead in the 15th inning only to lose it again when Wilmer Font cracked in his fifth inning of relief, allowing two runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks won 8-7 … on Tuesday.

At five hours and 45 minutes, the game was the longest in Chase Field history.

Whether the hamstring injury that pushed back Jansen’s Cactus League debut is still bothering him, the World Series rent asunder his cloak of invincibility or he is, as he says, simply “out of whack,” Jansen has already matched his blown saves total from the 2017 regular season – one.

The Dodgers were looking to close this one out …@cowings5 had other ideas. pic.twitter.com/ZEofWo0njH

— MLB (@MLB) April 3, 2018

This one sent the Dodgers into extra innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, kicking to the curb an excellent outing by Jansen’s neighbors in the Dodgers’ bullpen who had thrown 4-1/3 scoreless innings to get the lead to him.

They picked up right where they left off, following Jansen’s disastrous inning with another five scoreless innings –four from Font who went longer than Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lasted only 3-2/3 innings, coughing up a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

The last man standing in the bullpen, Font had already pitched the longest outing of his limited big-league career when he went back out for the 15th inning, his fifth. Font gave up a one-out single to Jake Lamb, a game-tying RBI double to Nick Ahmed and a walk-off RBI single to Jeff Mathis.

The longest home game in @dbacks history ends in a #walkoff. pic.twitter.com/C4Q50yBCDV

— MLB (@MLB) April 3, 2018

More to come on this story.

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Whicker: With a game in their pocket, Dodgers’ bullpen explodes

LOS ANGELES — Justin Verlander called it an instant classic. But it lasted 4 hours and 19 minutes.

Some games defy words. Some games just mock them. When both teams slug six home runs in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings, and when Justin Verlander’s Houston Astros score twice in the 10th and twice in the 11th and still have a tying run at the plate to deal with, this game you’re watching has escaped its moorings.

Maybe a World Series has, too.

Houston won Game 2, 7-6, in 11 innings. By then both closers had been devoured. The Dodgers were trying to make it to shore with Brandon McCarthy, who had pitched six major league innings since July 20. It didn’t take long.

Cameron Maybin singled and George Springer, who had struck out four times in Game 1, capped a three-hit night with the game-winning home run, although Charlie Culberson of the Dodgers homered in the bottom of the 11th and romped around the bases as if he’d tied the score. By then, who was counting?

Atmospherics had a lot to do with this home run derby, and by the time Verlander was raving about his teammates, the audience had forgotten that he had absolutely squelched the Dodgers in the first six innings with only two hits. But the hits were a solo shot by Joc Pederson and a two-run homer by Corey Seager that gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead after six.

That’s where you begin reconstructing this mess and realize how damaging this could be for the Dodgers.

If you lead Verlander, 3-1, you need to win that game.

If you give the ball to Kenley Jansen with a 3-1 lead in the eighth, you need to win that game.

If you somehow strike for two in the bottom of the 10th, on Yasiel Puig’s home run and an RBI single by Kiké Hernandez, and tie it 5-5 with the crowd at full throttle, you need to win that game.

Primarily because you have won those games so very often, and because a win would put Houston down 0-2, having fired the guns of Verlander and Dallas Keuchel in Los Angeles.

Now it changes completely. Now Keuchel is guaranteed a Game 5 start. If the Dodgers win only once in Houston, there will be a Game 6 back here on Tuesday, and it will feature Verlander again.

The other aftereffect is that the cloak of invincibility has now been removed from the Dodgers’ bullpen and especially Jansen, who had blown one save all season in a game the Dodgers eventually won.

Jansen did not pitch poorly. His 0-and-2 cutter to Marwin Gonzalez started high but then settled down by a few inches, into a more comfortable spot, and it did not get in on Gonzalez’s hands. Gonzalez had 23 home runs and 90 RBI this season with a .907 OPS, sixth in the American League.

“I told him he was going to have a chance to win it,” Verlander said. “It’s easy to lose confidence in this game. The TVs are on before the game and everybody’s talking about the Dodgers’ bullpen and how tough they are. It’s like nobody thinks we can win. I just tried to tell the guys how good they are. I know, I’ve pitched against them.”

Jansen has no trouble working two innings, but he has rarely entered an inning with someone on base. Alex Bregman had just doubled off Brandon Morrow to begin the eighth, and Roberts remembered a tough at-bat Bregman had given Jansen after Game 1.

Bregman wound up scoring on Carlos Correa’s single. That run will be ignored but it broke the bullpen’s reccord streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason. It also gave the Astros evidence that Jansen was no unstoppable Cyborg.

“He’s human,” Corey Seager said. “You always think he’s going to get the job done, but he’s our guy. We get into that situation again, that’s the guy we want out there.”

The problem, as Verlander noted, is that the Dodgers emptied their relief bucket somewhat recklessly. It began when Roberts lifted Rich Hill after four terrific innings, with the only run unearned.

“We had a few scoreless innings after that,” Roberts said, “and I wanted Kenta (Maeda) to pitch to the top of the lineup.”

But the Dodgers ran through Maeda and then Tony Watson, for a one-pitch double play, and Ross Striping mysteriously started the seventh and walked Gonzalez. Morrow bailed out the Dodgers and, in truth, they got where they needed to be, although it was by the circle route.

But at this point Hill deserves to be entrusted when he’s pitching well. Seeking the ideal matchup for every out in every inning requires a bigger pitching staff that MLB allows teams to have.

Josh Fields had to clean up after Jansen and it wasn’t pretty. Jose Altuve homered in the 10th and so did Correa, who turned and flipped his bat defiantly. When Yasiel Puig hit his 10th-inning homer before Hernandez’s single re-tied the score, he conspicuously, delicately laid the bat on the ground.

“I think it’s great to get excited and play with that kind of joy, especially for Latino players,” Puig said.

Meanwhile, Houston got nice work from Will Harris and Joe Musgrove in its oft-criticized bullpen and was able to summon Chris Devenski, an All-Star, after the Dodgers drove out closer Ken Giles. Devenski gave up Culberson’s homer but managed to get three outs, a one-small-step-for-man accomplishment in a game like this.

The Astros became the first team in postseason history to hit three home runs in extra innings. The Dodgers lost in extra innings for only the fifth time this season. They also forgot to lock down a victory that was safely inside the door. They will consider themselves fortunate if all they lost was a game.

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Whicker: Strikeout power lifts Dodgers again

LOS ANGELES — This was back in 1980, when Chrysler and Plymouth were putting out ground-breaking economy vehicles, or were trying to.

Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Royals hit .154 with 12 strikeouts, and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News said that if Mike Schmidt deserved the luxury car for World Series MVP, Wilson deserved the “K” car, one of those Reliants and Arises that were quickly swept off to the junkyards.

But Wilson at least needed six games to pile up those 12 strikeouts. He would be known as a contact hitter today.

The Dodgers stopped Arizona, 1-0, Wednesday night to take a 4½-game lead in the NL West. There was potential change in every pitch. It would have felt like Koufax vs. Marichal, except it was Wood and Baez and Jansen vs. Godley and Chafin and De La Rosa and Bradley. Modern ball, and nothing typified it more than the 14 times the Diamondbacks struck out.

The Dodgers ended each of the final six innings with strikeouts. Alex Wood, now 10-0, blew away Brandon Drury with men on second and third base in the fourth. He did the same thing to Jake Lamb, on a 94 mph sinking fastball with Diamondbacks sitting hopefully on first and second.

Kenley Jansen dealt the last morsel of K rations in the ninth when he set down Chris Herrmann, with Drury on first.

“It’s offense against defense,” Jansen said. He’s referring to the Dodger pitchers as the offense.

“We’re pitching aggressively,” he said. “ We’re not going to walk you, we’re going to put the pressure on.

“You give them credit for being good hitters but people have to give us a little credit, too. We’re making pitches. It’s not just power against power, because you have to go to your location. Last night I didn’t (on a three-run home run by Daniel Descalso) and I paid for it. You’re still trying to hit some spots, but you’re mainly going after them.”

Arizona has struck out 27 times in these two games. The Diamondbacks rank second in the NL in slugging percentage, with two 60-RBI men in Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt. Arizona ranks third in runs scored. But the once-rudimentary task of putting bat on ball with men on base has given way to the maximalist approach, and when it doesn’t work, it’s ugly. There are productive outs. There are no productive strikeouts.

Wood has a 1.67 ERA and a .174 batting average-against, in case you think the Cy Young Award discussion was a binary choice between Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer. When Wood got those rally-snuffing strikeouts, he pumped his fist and exulted.

“They’re an incredible ballclub,” Wood said. “Those are the innings where they’re capable of breaking open a ballgame. When you’re able to get out of those situations, your emotion kind of takes over a little bit.

“I’ve been able to use different pitches to get out of those situations, but that all goes back to the preparation we do with Honey (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) and Yas (catcher Yasmani Grandal) before I even go out there. I’ve already got a good idea of how to attack them, so at that point all you’re worried about is making a pitch.”

Attack is the keyword. The Dodgers pitchers lead the NL in strikeouts and are also the best at avoiding walks, an equation that is difficult to beat. They also have a bullpen WHIP (walks and hits, per innings pitched) of 1.1. Baez walked pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock on four pitches to lead off the eighth, and Manager Dave Roberts hustled out to reset him. Then Baez blew away Gregor Blanco, got a forceout, and struck out Goldschmidt at 99 mph.

But the Diamondbacks, obviously, pitched almost as well. They began with rookie Zack Godley, a right-hander from the University of Tennessee who stops the running game cold and impressed Roberts with his breaking ball command.

Godley gave up a run on Grandal’s double in the second inning but was gathering steam as the game progressed. He struck out Justin Turner with one out and Chase Utley on second, in the sixth inning.

No matter. Manager Torey Lovullo headed moundward, and Godley turned his back and stood well behind the mound. When Lovullo asked for the ball, Godley provided it and then did a near-sprint into the dugout.

The move worked, but the reluctance of managers to let their starting pitchers handle deep water is reaching parody. If they’re really incapable of cruising through a lineup three times, why all the pregame preparation?

The Dodgers hook their starters quickly, too. But somehow they’re managing this without dissolving their key relief pitchers. Even though they have won 57 games, they have only used Jansen 34 times. You attribute that to a lot of blowout wins in which his save isn’t necessary. This is why run-differential is important.

“They know we’re not walking guys, we’re going to keep attacking the zone,” Jansen said. “Make them chase when we need to. That is what we did tonight.”

The Diamondbacks might still be chasing, but they’re in the wrong car.

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