Dodgers bullpen has a bad night in loss to Diamondbacks

  • Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Archie Bradley (25) celebrates with catcher Carson Kelly (18) after the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Mookie Betts tries to chase down a three-run double hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) spins after being hit by a pitch as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Stephen Vogt, left, also get hit by the ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Dodgers bullpen has a bad night in loss to Diamondbacks

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger walks off the field after making the final out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Dodgers bullpen has a bad night in loss to Diamondbacks

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts (50) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen, left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) turns away from an inside pitch as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Stephen Vogt, left, tries to control the ball during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts (50) celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with manager Dave Roberts during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin winds up to throw against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) tosses his bat away after striking out as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Stephen Vogt, left, heads back to the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte (4) is tagged out at third base trying to stretch a double into a triple by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Edwin Rios (43) celebrates his run scored against the Arizona Diamondbacks with manager Dave Roberts, bottom right, as Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte (4) celebrates his run scored against the Los Angeles Dodgers with Diamondbacks bench coach Luis Urueta (60), David Peralta (6), and manager Torey Lovullo (17) during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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    With no fans in the stands at Chase Field, Los Angeles Dodgers players watch the baseball game during the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks from the front rows behind the dugout Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger makes a leaping catch on a fly ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Kole Calhoun during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JULY 31: Starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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    Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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    Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers bullpen has a bad night in loss to Diamondbacks

    Edwin Rios #43 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores a run past catcher Stephen Vogt #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers bullpen has a bad night in loss to Diamondbacks

    Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers bullpen has a bad night in loss to Diamondbacks

    Starting pitcher Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers bullpen has a bad night in loss to Diamondbacks

    Starting pitcher Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers bullpen has a bad night in loss to Diamondbacks

    Starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

When Mookie Betts hit his first home run with the Dodgers, no one met him at home plate. No one offered a high-five, leaving Betts to swat the empty air in pantomime.

His teammates weren’t freezing him out in a rite of passage. It was a sign of the newfound commitment to health and safety protocols adopted by MLB teams in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Betts’ teammates had much to celebrate with him Friday night. Betts added an RBI single to his first home run and the defensive highlight of the game — a 305-foot throw from the right-field corner to nail a runner at third base. But the Dodgers’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead Betts helped build, surrendering four runs in the eighth inning of a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Corey Seager also homered for the Dodgers, his third consecutive game with a home run. Seager is off to a hot start, batting .344 (11 for 32) with two doubles and those three home runs in the first eight games of the season.

But Betts had already grabbed the spotlight in the first inning of this one when Ketel Marte led off for the Diamondbacks and dropped a broken-bat flare down the right field line. While Betts was racing over to collect the ball in foul territory near the corner, Marte was struck by a bad idea — trying to stretch the gift hit into a triple.

Betts, a four-time Gold Glove winner in the American League, gunned him down.

His first home run as a Dodger came in the fourth inning off Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen. With the count 2-and-2, Gallen threw Betts a changeup low and off the plate inside. Betts golfed it high down the left field line like a well-struck 8-iron. The ball stayed just fair, landing in the Diamondbacks bullpen.

An inning later, Edwin Rios led off with a ringing double off the high wall in straightaway center field. Two batters later, Betts lined a single into right field to score Rios. After starting his Dodgers career 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, Betts now has hits in each of his past three at-bats with RISP.

Marte’s misbegotten double was the only Diamondbacks hit in four innings against right-hander Tony Gonsolin, making his season debut in place of injured Alex Wood. Rookie left-hander Victor Gonzalez followed him, making his major-league debut.

The Diamondbacks got to Gonzalez for a run in the sixth on Kole Calhoun’s RBI double. That was just the 21st run in eight games for the Diamondbacks who came into the game batting .196 as a team with OPS (.556) and slugging percentage marks that ranked 29th in baseball.

Those numbers looked much healthier after an explosion against a Dodgers bullpen that had been outstanding in the early going.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts entrusted a two-run lead, 3-1, in the eighth to Blake Treinen, who had allowed just one hit to the first 11 hitters he faced as a Dodger.

With one out, Justin Turner misplayed Ketel Marte’s ground ball for an error. Two walks (one intentional) wrapped around a ground out loaded the bases for Christian Walker with two outs. Walker drove the first pitch from Treinen over Betts’ head in right field for a three-run double that upturned the lead. David Peralta added an RBI single off Joe Kelly before Kelly could put his foot down.

The Diamondbacks scored four times in the eighth after not scoring more than four in any of their first seven games.

Betts wasn’t done. His two-out double in the ninth (following a walk to Matt Beaty) put the tying runs in scoring position. But Cody Bellinger — off to a miserable .139 (5 for 36) start — popped up against Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley to end the game.

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