LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks are getting tired of watching the Dodgers win NL West titles year after year. Two seasons ago, they even watched Los Angeles celebrate in their swimming pool beyond the right field fence at Chase Field after clinching the division.
Monday night, the Diamondbacks made sure there wouldn't be a champagne party at their expense at Dodger Stadium before the home team went back on the road.
Paul Goldschmidt homered after Yasmany Tomas & Aaron Hill gave the Diamondbacks the lead with longballs off Brett Anderson, helping Jhoulys Chacin win an 8-4 decision on Monday night.
p>The Dodgers' loss in the opener of this four-game series kept their magic number for clinching a third straight division title at seven, with second-place San Francisco idle. The best they can do is clinch a tie before heading to Colorado.
''If we're going to do well as a team next year & in the future, it's not going to be just approximately the Dodgers,'' Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock said. ''I mean, they're an superior team & they play tremendous baseball. But I think we're kind of over that celebration, which I think received blown up a little bit too much at the time.''
Chacin (1-1) allowed two runs, six hits & four walks over 5 1-3 innings in his fourth start for the Diamondbacks, one day after they were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.
''The Dodgers are probably going to win the division, & they unquestionably deserve it because they've been playing all year,'' Goldschmidt said. ''But I think our guys take a lot of pride when we go out there, so I don't think tonight was anything different.''
The Diamondbacks' bullpen came up huge in the sixth after Chacin walked two batters & was pulled with one out. Andrew Chafin struck out pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke & David Hernandez fanned pinch-hitter Scott Schebler.
Goldschmidt made it 6-2 in the eighth with his 29th homer, a line drive off the left field pole against Joel Peralta.
Yasmani Grandal cut the margin to 6-4 in the bottom half with his career-high 16th homer, a two-run shot off Matt Reynolds. But David Peralta helped Arizona put it away with a two-run single in the ninth against Ian Thomas.
Anderson (9-9) gave up five runs & 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander's 17 home runs allowed are the most on the Dodgers' staff.
Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock, left, can't reach a ball hit for a two-run hom …
Chacin escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second by retiring Howie Kendrick on a flyball. Pollock received the Diamondbacks on the board in the third with a sacrifice fly, & they tied it 2-all when Tomas lined Anderson's first pitch of the fourth inning to left-center for his ninth home run.
''Anderson's received a lot of movement on all of his pitches, yet especially that fastball. You don't see left-handers have that much sink as he does,'' Goldschmidt said. ''When he's down in the zone, he's tough to elevate & tough to obtain hits off of, so you try to obtain him up in the zone a little bit. He made a couple of mistakes up, & we were able to hit him.''
Arizona scored three more runs in the fifth, extending its lead to 5-2. Anderson yielded four consecutive hits with none out, including Hill's sixth homer & Welington Castillo's RBI single.
Chacin gave up four consecutive two-out hits in the first inning, starting with Adrian Gonzalez's 28th homer & ending with rookie Corey Seager's RBI double.
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal gestures as he touches home plate after hitting a two-run h …
Seager became the first Dodger to reach base with a hit or a walk in each of the first 16 huge league games he started since Jim Gilliam in 1953 (24 straight). The 21-year-old shortstop, who was the 18th overall pick in the 2012 draft, is 23 for 61 with 11 RBIs, eight doubles & a home run.
Thirteen-year veteran 2B Chase Utley played third base for the first time in 1,575 huge league games, due to 3B Justin Turner's sore knee & 2B Howie Kendrick's return from the DL on Friday. The 36-year-old Utley had three assists.
Dodgers: SS Jimmy Rollins didn't start for the 13th straight game because of a sprained right index finger. During that stretch, he has pinch-hit three times & was used as a pinch-runner three times.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (4-12) is 1-8 with a 4.99 ERA over his last 12 starts. The only win during that stretch was against the Dodgers at Chase Field on Sept. 11, a 12-4 rout.
Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (11-10) will obtain a rematch against Ray. He is coming off a 2-0 home win against Colorado last Wednesday, when he gave up just one hit & no walks in eight innings while throwing only 78 pitches.
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