Goldschmidt lifts D-backs to 18-7 win over Dodgers

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks jumped on one of baseball’s best pitchers early and kept bashing, knocking off records along the way.

Not a bad way to show off for their new Hall of Fame executive.

Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, had a career-high six RBIs and set a team record with five runs scored, helping the Diamondbacks bash the Los Angeles Dodgers 18-7 on Saturday night in their first game since hiring Tony La Russa.

“We hadn’t really broken out this year and tonight we did,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “Anybody they threw at us, we were patient, got good pitches to hit and hammered them.”

Hoping to shake out of an early season funk, the Diamondbacks announced before the game that they had hired La Russa as their chief baseball officer.

Once it started, Arizona showed off its offensive capabilities by beating up on Clayton Kershaw (2-1), scoring seven runs in the second inning against the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

The Dodgers came storming back with a five-run sixth to pull within 9-7, but Arizona kept hitting to set team records for runs, hits in a nine-inning game (21), extra-base hits (13) and triples in an inning (3 in the second).

Goldschmidt was the catalyst, hitting a three-run homer in the seventh inning, a two-run shot in the eighth and adding two doubles to finish 4 for 5.

Chris Owings finished a single shy of the cycle, Martin Prado had three RBIs and Chase Anderson (2-0) pitched into the sixth inning for Arizona. A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez also homered, helping the Diamondbacks emphatically end a seven-game home losing streak to Los Angeles.

“It was nice because we hadn’t been scoring much lately, this entire year,” Goldschmidt said. “We’ve had better at-bats lately and tonight was a really, really good effort.”

The Dodgers tried to keep up even after the second-shortest outing of Kershaw’s career.

Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer to set one Dodgers record, tie another and stretch his hitting streak to 16 games. Carl Crawford also hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers had 13 hits.

They just couldn’t seem to keep the Diamondbacks from racing around the bases, going through five pitchers before turning to catcher Drew Butera to pitch in the eighth inning.

“We just paid for our mistakes tonight,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “Give them a lot of credit they swung the bats extremely well. Anytime we were in the middle of the plate, they didn’t miss it. That is what good teams do. That is a good team over there.”

Kershaw was solid in two starts off the disabled list and looked good in the first inning against the Diamondbacks, striking out two.

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