As if you needed something else to worry about these days.
In his second start since going to the injured list with a blister on the index finger of his right hand, Walker Buehler left the game in the midst of a five-run third inning. But the Dodgers absorbed the early adversity and came back to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-9 in 10 innings Tuesday night at Chase Field.
Gavin Lux hit two home runs and drove in five runs including a three-run shot in the 10th — and the Dodgers still haven’t lost three consecutive games in over a year (since August 29-31, 2019).
Buehler threw five scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks at home last week in his return to the rotation, limited to 75 pitches out of caution. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler threw his usual between-starts bullpen session before Tuesday’s start, experiencing no problems with the blister.
There didn’t appear to be any problems to start Tuesday night either.
Buehler retired the first seven Diamondbacks hitters in order, touching 101 mph with a fastball to Kole Calhoun in the second inning. But Buehler recorded just one more out in the next six batters.
Daulton Varsho touched him for a solo home run and the next two hitters reached base on singles. An error by Lux allowed one run to score. A forceout pushed across another. Roberts came out to the pitcher’s mound with a trainer at one point, checking on Buehler but letting him continue.
That ended when he gave up a two-run home run to Calhoun on his 32nd pitch of the inning.
The offense had ample kindling to match that. The Dodgers had 12 baserunners — six hits, six walks — in the first five innings alone but stranded 10 of those runners by going 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Lux drove in one run with a solo homer and Chris Taylor another with a single. But the Dodgers trailed 6-2 after six innings.
They finally sparked to life during a four-run seventh inning that tied the game. The Dodgers packed three more walks, a wild pitch and three hits into the inning. Lux had a second RBI on a single. Edwin Rios drove in two with a double and Mookie Betts tied the game with an RBI single.
Only an outstanding play by Diamondbacks shortstop Josh Rojas kept the Dodgers from taking the lead. A replay review showed Rojas had dragged his foot on the base as he flagged down a hard-hit ground ball up the middle to turn an inning-ending double play.
The hapless Diamondbacks (they have lost 17 of their past 19 games with a trade-deadline selloff in the midst of it) gave the Dodgers extended life when Tim Locastro inexplicably ran into an out to end the ninth inning. The speedy Locastro drew a walk, stole second and trotted into third when Austin Barnes’ throw skipped into center field. But Locastro then tried to run home as well and was tagged out easily.
The Dodgers did their part to extend the game by stranding 15 runners on base. Finally in the 10th inning, though, an error by third baseman Eduardo Escobar allowed the go-ahead run to score and Lux followed with his third hit and second home run of the game.
That put the game out of reach — barely. Kenley Jansen gave up a two-run home run to Christian Walker and had the tying run on base before closing it out.