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Diamondbacks drop series finale to Dodgers, fall back to .500

Arizona Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro, below, is forced out at second as Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager attempts to throw out Eduardo Escobar at first during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. Escobar was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner hit two of Los Angeles’ four homers and Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball in the surging Dodgers’ 9-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Turner and Cody Bellinger hit back-to-back homers in the first inning as the Dodgers finished 8-2 on a 10-game homestand with yet another dominant performance at Chavez Ravine, where they’re a majors-best 48-16.

Will Smith also hit the seventh homer of his charmed rookie season, doubled and drove in three runs while Los Angeles took an early 8-0 lead in its major league-leading 79th victory.

Ryu (12-2) made a seamless return from a 10-day stint on the injured list with minor neck stiffness. The majors’ ERA leader didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning, and he pitched out of jams in the fifth and sixth while lowering his ERA to 1.45.

Eduardo Escobar homered off Yimi García in the eighth to prevent the Diamondbacks from being shut out in back-to-back games against their NL West rivals. Nick Ahmed added a two-run shot in the ninth after Los Angeles fell four outs short of its majors’ best 14th shutout.

But one day after Kenta Maeda threw seven scoreless innings, Arizona failed to score against Los Angeles’ starting pitcher for the third straight game. Ryu, Maeda and Walker Buehler combined for 20 scoreless innings in the weekend series.

Although Mike Leake (9-9) persevered through five innings, he yielded eight runs and 10 hits in his second rough start in Southern California in the past month. Before the Mariners traded him to Arizona, the right-hander gave up eight hits and seven runs while failing to get out of the first inning at Angel Stadium.

Both Ryu and the Dodgers’ offense worked quickly and effectively on a hot day at Dodger Stadium.

Five pitches after Turner brought home Joc Pederson with his 18th homer of the season, Bellinger hit his 38th homer, pulling him even with the Mets’ Pete Alonso and one behind NL leader Christian Yelich of Milwaukee.

Pederson had an RBI single in the second, and Smith boosted the lead to 6-0 in the third when he brought home Corey Seager with his 14th extra-base hit in just 22 big league games.

Smith’s success as a relatively unheralded rookie continues to strain credulity. Even though he hadn’t homered since Aug. 1, the catcher has driven in 23 runs in his brief time with Los Angeles after adding a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Turner got his ninth career multihomer game with a solo leadoff shot in the fifth.

CATCHER ON MOUND

Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila made his second career pitching appearance in the eighth, giving up two hits and his first career run. Avila threw two scoreless innings of relief last season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Matt Andriese returned from the injured list and pitched two scoreless innings of two-hit relief. The right-hander had been out since July 20 with a bruised left foot.

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