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Christian Walker and Diamondbacks beat Dodgers – Daily News

Christian Walker and Diamondbacks beat Dodgers – Daily News

Christian Walker and Diamondbacks beat Dodgers – Daily News

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker watches the flight of his solo home run during the fourth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

LOS ANGELES — On the day Shohei Ohtani was named a starter on the National League All-Star team, the Dodgers had to wonder why Christian Walker of the Arizona Diamondbacks wasn’t included in the group.

From the Dodgers’ perspective, Walker is one of the best players in the majors and his two homers, along with four hits Wednesday night, were prime examples of how the Diamondbacks rallied for a 12-4 victory.

Walker now has seven homers in eight games against the Dodgers this season and five in five games at Dodger Stadium as Arizona overcame a three-run deficit in the first inning.

He was expected to have the lead Wednesday, but Dodgers rookie Gavin Stone couldn’t build on his recent streak of success in a matchup with Diamondbacks right-hander Cristian Mena, who was making his major league debut.

Both starters allowed four runs in three innings, and Stone’s departure came after he went 4-0 with a 1.97 ERA in five starts in June and had a 1.62 ERA in his last six outings.

Mena was in trouble from the start, as each of the Dodgers’ first five batters reached base. Shohei Ohtani singled, Will Smith walked and Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, his 13th. Teoscar Hernandez followed with a homer of his own, his 19th.

It was the sixth time this season that the Dodgers hit consecutive home runs and Freeman was involved each time it happened.

But Stone’s 4-1 lead was short-lived. The Diamondbacks got a two-out RBI double from Eugenio Suarez in the third inning and Gabriel Moreno followed with a homer, his fourth, to tie the score at 4-4.

In the Dodgers’ half of the third inning, Mena’s balk left the Dodgers runners on first and third with one out. And with the 21-year-old from Arizona on the ropes again, Miguel Rojas lined out to right field and Freeman was thrown out at the plate by Jake McCarthy as he tried to bunt the ball and score on the play.

Walker capitalized on the momentum with a two-out homer to left field in the fourth inning off left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (3-2).