Pederson’s home run powers Diamondbacks, downs Dodgers

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Diamondbacks bats wake up as Dodgers' can't capitalize on runners in scoring position in a 7-3 loss on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

LOS ANGELES — Designated hitter Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer that helped the Diamondbacks to a 7-3 victory over the Dodgers, who could not muster timely hits Tuesday night.

Arizona came out swinging in the second of the three-game series. Using home runs from Christian Walker (his ninth) and Pederson (his sixth), the Dodgers had no answer for the Diamondbacks, who got 12 hits. Pederson’s homer was the dagger, though, off reliever Michael Grove and extend the lead to four.

The Dodgers (33-18) struggled, going 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and racking up only six hits. Shohei Ohtani and Gavin Lux were the only Dodgers with multi-hit efforts as the team suffered 10 strikeouts. 

Right-hander Gavin Stone (4-2) did not have his best stuff working, giving up four runs over six innings and raising his ERA to 3.60.  Diamondbacks starter Brandon Pfaadt had a great start for Arizona, going six innings as well but allowing two earned runs and striking out seven. 

Here are three takeaways:

Ohtani does it again

You don’t usually see a superstar in their prime going all out to try to will their team to victory using their legs in a regular-season game. Ohtani is just built different. 

In the fourth inning, he hit a double down the left-field line, stole third (his 12th of the season) and trotted home after the ball was thrown into left field by catcher Gabriel Moreno. 

Those little things that Ohtani does are what makes him so special as a ballplayer. 

Lux back on track

Lux has not looked like himself this season, hitting .203 with a .536 OPS. There were high hopes for him to return to the star he was before his knee injury last year, but he has not turned a corner yet. 

There were flashes of it Tuesday as he went 2 for 4 with a triple, looking like the .290 hitter from a few years back. While his defense will probably never be at an elite level, Lux has the ability to get back to being a consistently good hitter that sprays the ball across the field. 

May might return

Dodgers right-hander Dustin May took to X to post a few videos of himself throwing his first bullpen since his major arm surgery. He is on his 125th day of rehab and judging by the progress being made, it seems he could return late in the season. 

Should May come back, the Dodgers rotation could be even more stacked after Walker Buehler’s returnthis month and Clayton Kershaw’s expected arrival within two months. May posted a 2.63 ERA in nine starts in 2023 before hurting his arm, so the ability to be an immediate contributor is there. 

The finale of the Diamondbacks series is set for 7:10 p.m. Wednesday with Dodgers right-hander Tyler Glasnow (6-2, 2.90 ERA) facing Diamondbacks right-hander Ryne Nelson (2-3, 7.06).