LOS ANGELES -- Chris Iannetta homered and Taijuan Walker pitched five solid innings on Easter Sunday as the D-backs scored a 3-1 win over the Dodgers and pitcher Rich Hill, who left another Dodger Stadium start early with a finger blister flare-up.Hill left his previous start April 5 with the same finger blister and was activated off the 10-day disabled list to make Sunday's start. For the D-backs, Archie Bradley followed Walker with 2 2/3 scoreless innings andFernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
Hill avoided a second-inning threat by getting a double-play grounder from Brandon Drury, but when Iannetta barreled an 0-2 fastball for a home run leading off the third inning, it went downhill fast. Five of the first six batters that inning reached base (including Walker, who singled). Hill walked in a second run before putting down the rally, but was removed before the fourth inning could start. More > The Dodgers trimmed the deficit in the bottom of the fourth off Walker with a one-out single by Yasmani Grandal and a two-out RBI soft double from Yasiel Puig that, according to Statcast™, had a hit probability of only 6 percent. Arizona added an insurance run off Sergio Romo in the seventh on Paul Goldschmidt's RBI single. MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Big pitches, big outs: Walker held the damage to a minimum with two crucial at-bats. With two outs and the bases loaded in the first inning, he struck out Joc Pederson. And with two outs, a run in and Puig on second base in the fourth inning, he got Chase Utley to bounce out to second base. Hill limited the damage, too: Considering that seven of the 15 batters he faced reached base, it could have been worse for Hill in three innings than two runs allowed. In addition to the Drury double play, Hill finished off the third by striking out Yasmany Tomas and getting Drury on a forceout with the bases loaded. Steve Gilbert/MLB.com