Dodgers starter Chris Capuano walks back to the mound after giving up a three-run… (Reed Saxon / Associated…)
A three-run home run by Miguel Montero and sparkling pitching by starter Wade Miley led the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-2 victory over the Dodgers in front of an announced crowd of 52,832 at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Dodgers, who have lost on back-to-back nights to the Diamondbacks after sweeping the Giants in San Francisco over the weekend, hope to salvage one of the series' three games in the finale Wednesday afternoon. Airzona has beaten the Dodgers five consecutive times this season.
San Francisco also won, so the Dodgers dropped one game behind San Francisco in the NL West standings while Arizona remained 3 1/2 games behind the Giants.
After Arizona took a 2-1 lead into the second inning, the game settled into a pitchers' duel between left-handers Miley (12-6) and the Dodgers' Chris Capuano (10-7).
But in the sixth inning, after Capuano retired the first two batters, Paul Goldschmidt and Justin Upton singled. Montero then lined a 2-0 pitch into the Arizona bullpen in right field, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-1 lead.
Chris Johnson's two-run single off reliever Ronald Belisario helped Arizona add three runs in the ninth inning.
Capuano has lost five of his last seven decisions and failed for the second consecutive game to match his win total of 11 set last season with the New York Mets. Miley, 25, allowed the one run while holding the Dodgers to three hits in his eight innings.
Goldschmidt gave Capuano and the Dodgers trouble early, as he had the previous night.
After Jason Kubel walked with two out in the first inning, Goldschmidt hit his 15th home run of the season to the left-field corner. Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer in the first inning Monday.
Mark Ellis responded in the Dodgers' half of the first inning with a solo home run, also to the left-field corner.
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