- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers are still sitting comfortably atop the NL West with a six-game lead and 12 games left on the schedule. Thoughts of the 1964 Phillies, 1978 Red Sox and 1995 Angels haven’t even crossed their minds.

So after Tuesday night’s 8-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants’ 4-2 win at San Diego kept the Dodgers’ magic number at seven for the third straight day, manager Don Mattingly and his players deftly deferred any talk of panic.

“We’ve been through this, and we’re going to be fine,” Mattingly said after the team’s fourth straight loss matched their longest skid of the season. “When we came home after (the sweep at) Pittsburgh, the sky was falling, everything was going bad, we’re all ready to panic. But we kept going, we put wins together.

“When we went to Oakland and Houston and got swept, the sky was falling - but we righted the ship. So we’ve got a lot of character in that clubhouse. So there is no need for me to go in there and yell and scream and turn over tables and stuff. I’m not quite there yet.”

The Diamondbacks have won the first two games of this four-game series after losing their previous nine at Chavez Ravine. But the Dodgers have aces for the next two - major league ERA leader Zack Greinke on Wednesday night and reigning NL MVP Clayton Kershaw on Thursday afternoon.

“We haven’t won anything yet. This is time for us to buckle down and play better than we did in the last four games,” said catcher A.J. Ellis, who popped up with the bases loaded to end the first inning. “I can’t remember. I know we were able to turn the page the last time we lost four straight and turn the ship around. Hopefully that starts tomorrow.”

Lefty Alex Wood (11-11) allowed two runs, three hits and no walks in 6 1-3 innings and struck out six in his rematch against Robbie Ray, who three-hit the Dodgers through six and struck out seven.

Wood, who was pulled after giving up a solo homer to A.J. Pollock that put the D-backs ahead 2-0, was coming off a 2-0 home win against Colorado last Wednesday in which he gave up one hit and no walks in eight innings while throwing 78 pitches.

“I’m just worried about going out there and putting up zeroes,” Wood said. “I’ve really tried to make a conscious effort coming down the stretch to take care of my body, make the adjustments necessary to feel good every five days. It’s been working here as of late. Hopefully I’ll finish strong here.”

Arizona’s first run on came in the fourth, when Nick Ahmed led off with a double, advanced on Chris Owings’ sacrifice and scored on Pollock’s groundout.

Pollock’s 18th homer hit the top of the center field fence and bounced over. Chris Hatcher relieved Wood, and Goldschmidt greeted him with a drive that just cleared the wall in right-center.

It was Goldschmidt’s 30th home run, making him the fourth player in Diamondbacks history with multiple 30-homer seasons along with Steve Finley, Luis Gonzalez and Mark Reynolds.

Goldschmidt is hitting .340 with 20 homers and 61 RBIs in 74 career games against the Dodgers - the highest totals by any player against them since Goldschmidt made his big league debut on Aug. 1, 2011. He is 5 for 10 against Wood with three homers and five RBIs.

Ray (5-12) is 2-8 with a 4.54 ERA over his last 13 outings. The other win during that stretch was against the Dodgers at Chase Field on Sept. 11, a 12-4 rout.

The Diamondbacks broke this one open with five runs in the ninth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a bloop RBI single and scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Adam Liberatore. Brandon Drury hit a three-run homer - his first in the major leagues.


Diamondbacks: SS Nick Ahmed left the game because of a jammed lower back.

Dodgers: Mattingly said the club is taking every precaution this week to make sure that the high blood pressure that prevented closer Kenley Jansen from pitching the final game of the last series at Colorado in early June won’t re-occur.


Diamondbacks: RHP Chase Anderson (6-6) pitched six innings of two-hit ball on May 3 in his only previous start at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers: Greinke (18-3) is 13-1 over his last 15 starts and owns a major league-leading ERA of 1.65. He held the Diamondbacks to three hits over eight scoreless innings the last time he faced them on Sept. 13.

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