Pederson’s two blasts lead Dodger homer parade
By Jon Weisman
After stoking more fears about the offense with four no-hit innings to start the game, the Dodgers traded that quartet for four home runs — two by Joc Pederson — ending their three-game losing streak with a 7-4 win at Arizona.
Justin Turner hit his third homer in his past nine games, and Chase Utley added his fifth of the season, to help make a winner of injured starter Kenta Maeda. In his past nine games (eight starts), Pederson is 10 for 32 with two walks, three doubles and four homers, for a .353 on-base percentage and .719 slugging percentage.
Trayce Thompson went 0 for 4 with his bat, but 2 for 2 with his arm. He had the rare exacta of throwing out a runner at second base on run-scoring plays by Arizona in the first and fifth innings. The latter score by Arizona tied the game at 3, but Turner and Pederson homered in the sixth to give Los Angeles the lead for good.
Kenley Jansen, in his first game since blowing a save Saturday at San Francisco, struck out three in a perfect ninth.
The Dodgers had played six straight one-run games (going 2-4), their longest such streak since 2010.