- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Yasmani Grandal heard all the negative comments after he arrived in Los Angeles - about his recovery from knee surgery, his ability to handle the pressure of playing for the Dodgers, being the centerpiece of a trade for Matt Kemp.

It became motivation right away and still is today.

Grandal homered early and hit a two-run double in the 10th inning to finish with four RBIs, lifting the Dodgers to a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

“I’m an athlete. I like to compete,” Grandal said. “You tell me I’m not going to do something, I’m pretty sure I’m going to work hard enough to set out to prove you wrong.”

Grandal had ACL surgery last August and was traded to the Dodgers from the Padres for Kemp in December. The catcher worked hard at his rehabilitation, returning within seven months, and has been one of the NL’s best-hitting backstops through the season’s first three months.

Grandal homered Monday against Arizona and hit a two-run shot in the second inning Tuesday, his 12th of the season. Then he built on Howie Kendrick’s leadoff homer in the 10th with a two-run double into the corner in left off David Hernandez (0-1).

“He’s had some big hits for us,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s got a good swing, but I think there’s still more in there.”

Kendrick had a run-scoring single to tie the game in the seventh inning and finished with four hits for Los Angeles, which has won eight of nine against Arizona.

Joel Peralta (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth and Kenley Jansen gave up a run-scoring double to Paul Goldschmidt in the 10th before closing out his 12th save.

Arizona’s Nick Ahmed homered in consecutive games for the first time in his big league career with a two-run shot in the fourth inning, but the Diamondbacks couldn’t hold the lead after starter Rubby De La Rosa left.

Enrique Burgos allowed Kendrick’s tying single in the seventh. Hernandez, in his eighth game since offseason Tommy John surgery, gave up three runs in the 10th.

“They were hitting the ball hard everywhere,” Hernandez said. “It was just lack of command. I have been fighting it since I have been back.”

De La Rosa has been sharp, allowing two earned runs over 22 innings in his previous three starts.

The right-hander kept it going against the Dodgers, striking out seven to work around baserunners in every inning. He made one big mistake: a pitch out over the plate in the second that Grandal sent over the wall in left for a two-run shot.

“Every inning they were in scoring position and getting the leadoff guy on,” Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. “I thought he did a great job of handling it.”

Dodgers starter Carlos Frias was decent after pitching five scoreless innings his last time out.

He gave up Chris Owings’ sacrifice fly in the second and Ahmed’s two-run homer to right in the fourth that put Arizona up 3-2.

Frias allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings.

“He hung in there, really more than anything,” Mattingly said. “He got some big outs.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Brandon Beachy is scheduled to make his fourth rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday in his return from Tommy John surgery.

Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama to get a second opinion on his sore right shoulder. He’s been on the DL since June 2 with shoulder tendinitis.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson, the scheduled starter Wednesday against Arizona, leads the majors with a groundball percentage of 68.7.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray has allowed three runs or fewer in five of his six starts heading into Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers.

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