- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Despite getting rocked in his last four starts, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale has decided to stick with Rubby De La Rosa for now.

The right-hander has given up 24 runs, 29 hits and six homers in 21 innings to raise his ERA to 5.84. He allowed nine runs and 10 hits over five innings, including three-run shots by Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins, in a 9-3 loss to the NL West-leading Dodgers on Monday night.

“He’s one of our guys,” Hale said when asked how much more rope he was going to give De La Rosa. “We’re in a situation here where we’re trying to win games - and also trying to develop guys along the way. And with Rubby’s stuff and his changeup and his velocity, we feel like he’s worth the development. So we’re just going to keep working with him and get him better. That’s our job.”

Howie Kendrick, starting at second base for the first time in five games due to a left knee strain, opened the scoring in the Dodgers’ first with an RBI single. He led off the fourth with another single - one of five consecutive batters to reach base - and they padded their lead to 6-0.

Alex Guerrero and Ethier delivered RBI singles and Rollins drove De La Rosa’s 2-1 fastball to center field for his seventh homer. Ethier made it 9-0 in the fifth with a first-pitch homer after Kendrick singled for the third time and Yasmani Grandal doubled.

“They did a nice job of fighting off some pitches and then just flipping those balls into the outfield. So you’ve got to give them credit for that,” Hale said. “But then Rubby gave up some big ones, and they hurt. We’ve been talking about trying to get them deeper in games, but we haven’t been able to do that. Tonight, Rubby just didn’t give us a shot.”

Rollins ending a stretch of 79 at-bats in which he had only two RBIs.

Former Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Bolsinger (4-1) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings and struck out eight in a matchup of pitchers going up against the teams they originally signed big league contracts with.

De La Rosa joined the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in July 2007. Bolsinger was selected by the D-backs in the 15th round of the 2010 draft and went 1-6 with a 5.47 ERA in nine starts as a rookie last season before the Dodgers purchased his contract in November.

“In Arizona, it had more to do with me,” Bolsinger said. “I went out there with a bad mentality. I’d have a bad start and thought: ‘If I pitched bad, I’m going to get sent down.’ But you can’t think like that. It’s crazy to see how much I’ve kind of grown up mentally in just one year. My mentality is so different than it was last year.”

Ender Inciarte’s fourth-inning single was the only hit against Bolsinger until the sixth, when he gave up a leadoff walk to Nick Ahmed, a one-out infield hit by Inciarte and a two-run double by A.J. Pollock. That snapped Bolsinger’s season-opening string of 24 consecutive scoreless innings at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner fouled a pitch hard off his left knee in the third inning and crumpled to the ground before head trainer Stan Conte and manager Don Mattingly went out to check on him.

Turner ran gingerly to first base on his flyball to short center field, but remained in the game until Alberto Callaspo replaced him defensively in the fourth with one out and runners at first and second. Bolsinger escaped the threat unscathed by retiring Yasmany Tomas on a 6-4-3 double play.


Diamondbacks: Had the first overall pick and selected SS Dansby Swanson, who played 2B for Vanderbilt’s National Championship team last year and earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the College World Series. This was the first time the D-backs had the No. 1 selection since they took Justin Upton in 2005 out of Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia and converted him from a shortstop into an outfielder.

Dodgers: Selected Swanson’s Vanderbilt teammate, RHP Walker Buehler, 24th overall. This was the 12th time in the last 13 years that the organization tabbed a pitcher with its first pick, including Clayton Kershaw in 2006 and Chad Billingsley in 2003. The only non-pitcher during that stretch was SS Corey Seager in 2012 (18th overall).


Diamondbacks: Robbie Ray (1-0) is making his third start since his recall from Triple-A Reno. He still has rookie status despite pitching in nine games last season for Detroit - six starts - and allowing 26 earned runs in 28 2-3 innings with a 1-4 record.

Dodgers: Carlos Frias (4-3) held the Diamondbacks to four hits in 5 1-3 scoreless innings on May 1 in an 8-0 victory. In six starts since then, he is 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA.



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