LOS ANGELES — And the beat goes on.
The Dodgers largely took a pass on Monday’s in-season trade deadline, subtracted Justin Turner (on the injured list with a hamstring injury) and Cody Bellinger (sore lat muscle) from their lineup Tuesday — and kept on winning.
Left-hander Julio Urias held the Arizona Diamondbacks to four hits over six innings as the Dodgers cruised to a 6-3 victory at Dodger Stadium.
The win was their fifth in the past six games and 16th in 19 games since they lost consecutive games for the second of two times in this abbreviated season.
Urias was in command from the start Tuesday and remained efficient throughout — two things he had struggled with previously this season.
Coming into Tuesday, Urias had allowed seven runs and a .357 batting average (including three home runs) in the first inning of his previous six starts — but only four runs and a .202 batting average after that (with no home runs).
He retired the Diamondbacks in order on 12 pitches in the first inning and never looked back.
Urias allowed a solo home run to Carson Kelly in the third inning and had to strand runners at the corners after back-to-back singles followed that. Those were the Diamondbacks’ last hits off Urias, who retired the last 11 batters he faced and threw just 78 pitches (53 strikes) in his six innings, never needing more than 15 pitches to retire the Diamondbacks in any inning.
It’s the kind of solid performance that had to be reassuring to Urias and the Dodgers, who set their rotation for the final month with the young left-hander in the group vying to possibly be the No. 3 starter during a postseason run.
With Turner and Bellinger sidelined, Chris Taylor picked up the slack, driving in four runs with a bases-loaded walk and two doubles (one a misplay by right fielder Kole Calhoun that sailed over his head).
Scott Alexander surrendered a two-out, two-run home run to Nick Ahmed in the ninth inning, setting up a save opportunity for Kenley Jansen. Jansen collected (his 10th) by striking out Daulton Varsho.