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LOS ANGELES (AP) — It had been nearly four months since the Diamondbacks and Dodgers played each other.Not much has changed. Arizona remains the dominant team.David Peralta hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and the NL West leaders won 3-1 on Thursday night in the opener of a pivotal series.“This is a tight division right now and to be able to start out like this and put a little bit more of a gap between us is huge [url=]Authentic Josh Allen Jersey[/url] ,” winning pitcher Robbie Ray said.The loss dropped the Dodgers two games behind Arizona and snapped their five-game winning streak, which they had put together against last-place San Diego and Texas. Los Angeles struck out 15 times, including four by Chris Taylor.Arizona leads the season series 9-4. Ray (4-2) gave up one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked two to earn his first victory since June 23 at Miami. The left-hander hadn’t figured into a decision in seven consecutive starts since July 20, the longest streak in franchise history by a starter.“That is about as connected as I have been all year,” Ray said. “I felt in control of the game. I felt like my pitches were crisp. There was good separation between my curveball and my fastball and I kept them off-balance the whole game.” Brad Boxberger got the final two outs in the ninth to earn his 31st save in 37 chances. He struck out Taylor and got Yasiel Puig on a called third strike.Peralta sent his 26th homer into right field on the first pitch from Rich Hill with two outs, giving Arizona a 3-0 lead.“I thought it was just going to hit the wall,” Peralta said. “It was a low line-drive but it worked out our way this time.”Hill (6-5) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked none in his first loss since July 10.“Just a bad pitch. Poor choice on my part and it cost us the game,” Hill said of Peralta’s homer. “These games are huge right now.” The Dodgers’ lone run came on Manny Machado’s 33rd homer in the sixth [url=][/url] , his fourth in his last five games. The Dodgers went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and stranded six.“We did exactly what we wanted to at the plate,” Machado said. “Sometimes you fail.”Arizona’s defense turned three double plays, including in the sixth when pinch-hitter Cody Bellinger lined to first, where Matt Kemp was doubled off.Los Angeles had the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth, but Kemp grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners on the corners.Puig contributed to a 1-2-3 inning in the second when he was safe at first on an error by Paul Goldschmidt only to get tagged out attempting to advance on the play.Dodgers reliever Caleb Ferguson pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. After giving up three consecutive one-out singles, he struck out John Ryan Murphy and pinch-hitter Christian Walker lined out to right to end the inning.TRAINER’S ROOMD-backs: RHP Shelby Miller (right elbow tightness) will throw to 125 feet early next week. … OF Jarrod Dyson (right groin strain) is headed to Triple-A Reno for a rehab assignment.Dodgers: Reinstated RHP Josh Fields (right shoulder inflammation) from 60-day DL.GOLDY GETTING ONGoldschmidt went 2 for 5 and extended his streak of reaching base to 42 straight road games — second-longest in the majors this season. During that run, he’s 64 for 164 with 14 homers and 35 RBIs.UP NEXTRHP Zack Greinke (13-8, 2.93 ERA) goes for the D-backs. He is 3-1 with a 3.09 ERA in his last five starts against his former team. The Dodgers send LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-1 [url=]Cheap Tre'Davious White Jersey[/url] , 2.18) to the mound. He is 3-3 with a 3.90 ERA in 12 career starts against Arizona. The MLB non-waiver trade deadline closed Tuesday afternoon, but teams still have the opportunity to make waiver-wire deals through the end of August.This is a complex process, but if deals are made by September 1, those players will be eligible to compete in the postseason. If a player clears the waiver wire, his team is free to negotiate around the league. If he's claimed, the team can either discuss a deal with that team or renounce the player's rights.While teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies were busy prior to the trade deadline, the Cleveland Indians [url=]Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey[/url] , Colorado Rockies and Oakland A's did not complete major trades prior to the deadline.The Indians are leading the AL Central and will likely have to compete with the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and Yankees if they are going to represent the American League in the World Series. The Indians can turn to the waiver wire if they are going to make deals.The A's are in contention for an AL wild-card spot, while the Rockies have their eyes set on a National League playoff spot.Big-name players have been involved in waiver deals. That includes Justin Verlander, who was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Houston Astros last August.The Toronto Blue Jays did not move pitcher Marcus Stroman prior to the non-waiver deadline, but his name had been mentioned in discussions, according to MLB Network insider Jon Morosi.Teams that decide they need starting pitching for the final stretch of the season will almost certainly give the Blue Jays a call because Stroman is better than his 4-7 record and 5.20 earned run average indicates. Stroman has a 41-32 career record and a 3.81 ERA.Stroman has had shoulder problems in the past, but that does not appear to be an issue right now.The New York Mets did not trade any of their big-name pitchers, and that was somewhat of a surprise since the team has struggled badly this season. Instead of dealing ace pitchers Jacob deGrom [url=]Cheap Christian McCaffrey Jersey[/url] , Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler, it held onto them because it believes those pitchers can help turn the team around in 2019.Will the Mets continue to think that way throughout the month of August? If there is any change in that thought process, they can engineer a waiver-wire deal involving one or more of those hurlers.Former Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was mentioned prominently in the final days of July because he has pitched better with the Cincinnati Reds than he did when his tenure with the Mets came to an end.Harvey was rumored to be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman, but there was no deal. He would seem to be an ideal waiver-wire trade candidate. Harvey is 5-4 with a 4.44 ERA since coming to the Reds and has a 1.192 WHIP.Andrew McCutchen of the San Francisco Giants was also prominently mentioned prior to the deadline. With the Giants falling further in the NL West since the All-Star break, the former Pittsburgh Pirate could find himself on the move in the coming month.McCutchen has a .253/.348/.405 slash line and can be a game-changer at the plate.The Baltimore Orioles traded Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Zach Britton prior to the trade deadline, but they did not move veteran center fielder Adam Jones.Jones reportedly rejected an opportunity to go to Philadelphia [url=]Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey[/url] , according to Heyman. However, Jones could change his mind at some point in August, and he could be a valuable addition to a contending team that needs a hitter who can make a difference.

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