Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0: Goldschmidt's single in 9th lifts Arizona

2013-04-15T00:00:00Z Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0: Goldschmidt's single in 9th lifts ArizonaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Paul Goldschmidt rarely has been so happy making so little contact.

Goldschmidt hit a slow grounder off Josh Beckett that found its way into right field with one out in the ninth inning Sunday, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0.

"It would have been a strike but I was out front of it," Goldschmidt said. "It fooled me, so I was really lucky it found a hole. When I saw it, I thought it had a chance."

Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill pitched six-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings and three relievers got the final five outs for Arizona, which shut out Los Angeles twice in taking two of three.

Beckett (0-2) retired Martin Prado on a grounder to short to start the ninth. A.J. Pollock followed with a double to center field. Beckett ran the count to 3-0 before walking Miguel Montero intentionally. Goldschmidt then singled to right past a diving Mark Ellis at second.

"It hit just right in the spot," said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. "Those hurt, but it felt good for us."

Tony Sipp and Brad Ziegler each retired one batter to finish the eighth after Nick Punto singled leading off and advanced on Beckett's sacrifice.

J.J. Putz (1-0) walked one in the ninth.

Beckett, who had struggled at Chase Field throughout his career, allowed six hits and struck out nine over 8 1/3 innings, his longest outing since a complete-game shutout on June 15, 2011, for Boston against Tampa Bay.

"If a guy is throwing the ball well through eight innings and hasn't given up a run, I don't care who it is, they earned the right to go back out there," said Beckett, who walked one and threw 72 of 102 pitches for strikes.

Beckett entered with a 1-2 record and a 5.16 ERA across 22 2/3 innings in Phoenix.

"It was a no brainer," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who didn't warm up a reliever until Pollock reached base. "It wasn't even hard. There was no question. It was his game. That was electric today."

Cahill struck out four without walking a batter, the first time he's pitched without a walk since Sept. 12, a 3-2 win over the Dodgers.

"Sometimes it (a close game) is nice because you get into a kind of a rhythm," Cahill said. "In the dugout I get antsy. I want us to score runs but sometimes I really want to go back out there. It's fun. You always want to face someone who's throwing well so you can see if you can beat them."

Arizona fared little better against Beckett, who allowed only Cliff Pennington to advance to third base over the first eight innings. He reached third twice. Pennington singled in the third and doubled in the fifth.

"He was in complete control of his pitches, his tempo, his emotion," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "After a while I just got out of the way and let him call his own game."

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• Who: D-backs at Yankees

• When: 4:05 p.m. Tuesday

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