LOS ANGELES (AP) – Justin Turner homered on Zack Greinke’s first pitch of the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to edge the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Friday night.
Los Angeles began the day two games behind Arizona in the NL West and 2 1/2 games back in the wild-card race.
In the ninth, the Dodgers announced they had acquired third baseman David Freese from the Pirates in exchange for minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez runs to first after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his 33rd save. Paul Goldschmidt doubled with one out, but Jansen struck out David Peralta and retired Eduardo Escobar on a grounder to shortstop.
The All-Star closer had been shaky since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven earned runs in four innings over four appearances. He was sidelined by an irregular heartbeat.
Enrique Hernandez tied it at 2 with a pinch-hit homer off Greinke with two out in the seventh.
Dylan Floro (5-3) got the win with one strikeout in one inning of relief.
Greinke (13-9) gave up six hits in 7 1/3 innings. The former Dodger struck out five and walked one.
Goldschmidt slugged a two-run shot, his 31st of the season, in the first. Goldschmidt has reached base in 43 straight road games, extending his club record.
Joc Pederson’s RBI single in the third left the Dodgers trailing 2-1.
The D-backs had the potential go-ahead run on third base in the eighth. Ketel Marte reached on an error by Floro, got sacrificed to second by Greinke and took third on Floro’s wild pitch. But Steven Souza Jr. grounded out to Floro to end the inning.
Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (right elbow tightness) played long toss with a plan to increase his workload next week. … OF Jarrod Dyson (right groin strain) was set to have three at-bats in a game with Triple-A Reno on Friday night.
Dodgers: RHP John Axford (right fibula fracture) is off crutches and playing catch in Arizona, but has yet to throw a bullpen or face hitters. … RHP Ross Stripling (low back inflammation) threw a bullpen and came out of it well. The team has yet to decide on a plan for him.
Patrick Corbin (10-5, 3.15 ERA) starts for the Diamondbacks against fellow lefty Clayton Kershaw (6-3, 2.39 ERA). Corbin is 1-0 with a 0.98 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. Since the All-Star break, Kershaw is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA, 46 strikeouts and three walks.
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt, right, hits a two-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, left, watches with catcher Yasmani Grandal, second from left, and home plate umpire Tom Hallion during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig catches a ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)