Dodgers suffer first sweep of prolific season

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 01: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) during the MLB game between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 1, 2017 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ National League West hopes aren’t in peril, but the team suffered an unprecedented loss amidst its stellar season Thursday as the Arizona Diamondbacks swept a three-game series with an 8-1 victory.

It marked the first sweep of the Dodgers this season.

Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed a career-high seven runs along with eight hits in three innings of work. Chris Iannetta and A.J. Pollock each contributed two-run homers off him. Paul Goldschmidt also added two RBIs and two doubles off Maeda. The loss extended the Dodgers’ season-high five-game losing streak.

Los Angeles (91-41) still holds a 16-game lead over the Diamondbacks for first place in the National League West and has the majors’ best record.

Entering Thursday, the Dodgers’ record was the best through 131 games for a National League team since the 1944 St. Louis Cardinals (94-37). Maeda had also been superb heading into the start. His 2.52 ERA since the All-Star break ranked seventh in the National League over that span.

Adrian Gonzalez provided the Dodgers’ only run of the day with an RBI double off Zack Greinke in the second inning. Greinke allowed a run and struck out six over six innings of work to pick up his 16th win of the year.

Los Angeles is about to receive a major boost to their rotation in the form of Clayton Kershaw, who’s slated to be reinstated from the 10-day disbled list Friday to open a three-game series against the San Diego Padres. Cody Bellinger, who entered the day tied second in the National League with 34 home runs, was activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.

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