In a sixth inning that saw Arizona starter Trevor Cahill’s dreams of a no-hitter dashed by Dodger bats,Adrian Gonzalez hit his first of two, 3-run home runs leading Los Angeles (81-62) to a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks (59-84) taking the series finale, 7-2.
For Gonzalez his pair of three-run jacks was his 16th career multi-homer game and tied his career-high for RBIs in a game. Ironically, the last time he collected six ribbies in a game came against the Dodgers as a member of the San Diego Padres in May of 2010.
His first home run in the sixth went straight-away over the center field fence measuring 442 feet. His second came in the following inning into left and was followed immediately by a Matt Kemp solo home run giving Los Angeles back-to-back homers.
“Gonzo’s three-run homers were huge,” said Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly. “The first one gives us the lead and the second one allows us to catch our breath.”
This was the sixth multi-homer game for a Dodgers player this season and it’s the third time the Dodgers have gone back-to-back this year.
The two home runs for Gonzalez were numbers 21 and 22 on the season for the first baseman. His six RBIs on the day put him at 100 for the season giving him five consecutive 20 or more home runs and 100 or more RBI seasons and his seventh overall.
“A-Gone” hit his third round-tripper in two days. He hit a two-run home run in Saturday night’s 5-2 Dodgers win over the D’Backs.
Matt Kemp’s home run was his 19th of the season and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. For those 13 game’s Kemp is batting .346 with five doubles, four homers and 12 RBIs.
To hear post game comments from Gonzalez and Kemp, click on the video with this article.
Zack Greinke picked up the win improving to 14-8 overall for Los Angeles going six innings, allowing six hits, two runs and striking out four Diamondbacks.
Cahill suffered the loss (3-11) but was rolling through five frames until the sixth when everything fell apart with one out.
Pending the outcome of Sunday night’s Giants-Detroit Tigers game Los Angeles could find itself three games ahead of San Francisco for first place in the N.L. West and no worse than two up. The Dodgers begin a three-game series Monday night when they welcome the San Diego Padres to Dodger Stadium.