PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks emerged from the All-Star break the same way they went into it -- with a loss.Patrick Corbin lasted only four innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded Arizona pitching for a season-high 18 hits in their 13-7 victory Friday night.The Diamondbacks lost their fifth straight and 13th in the last 15 games.Chris Taylor, acquired by Los Angeles in a trade with Seattle a month ago, fell a single shy of the cycle, and Bud Norris finally beat Arizona.Taylor, a utility infielder recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 25, tripled in the fourth, doubled in the fifth and hit a grand slam in the sixth, his first career home run. He was thrown out on a bunt in the eighth.Norris (5-7) entered 0-7 with a 13.92 ERA against the Diamondbacks but ended the drought with the help of the Dodgers offensive outburst. The right-hander went five innings, allowing five runs, four earned, and eight hits.Its a tough place to pitch, he said. I personally have struggled here a few times, so I just wanted to go as deep as I could, kind of just leave all my pitches out there.Corbin (4-8) gave up seven runs, six earned, and seven hits. He struck out seven but walked three.It is just frustrating, he said. It is not the way I liked it to turn out. I just have to move past it and get better.Corbin said his biggest problem is not getting ahead of hitters like I have in the past.It is leading to walks and hitters counts, he said. It is something I need to get better on.The Diamondbacks took a 3-2 lead with three runs in the third, two on Michael Bourns triple, but as has been the case so often this season, gave it up in the very next inning.It is very tough mentally, Arizona manager Chip Hale said. It is one of the things we talked about over the break and talked to the players about today and yesterday. I thought we did a nice job of continuing to play. Our guys battled.The Dodgers scored five in the fourth, with two scoring on Taylors triple. Yasiel Puig singled in two more before being thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.Los Angeles loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. Silvino Bracho struck out the next two, but Taylor hit one into the seats beyond left field and the Dodgers led 12-4.In the eighth, needing only a single, Taylor chose to lay down a bunt and was thrown out by the pitcher.I thought it was a good time, the situation, he said. They had the third baseman back and its always been a part of my game, regardless of the hits (I had). I think you put me in that situation again Im still going to try it. Its something I take pride in.Third baseman Jake Lambs two errors in the third led to an unearned Los Angeles run.The Diamondbacks fell to 15-33 at home.KERSHAW CLOSERDodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is inching closer to a return.Kershaw, sidelined since June 27 with a mild disk herniation, will throw a simulated game in Los Angeles on Saturday. Manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw will throw 60 pitches.Before he was hurt, Kershaw, as usual, was one of the games best pitchers, going 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: Roberts said a bone scan Friday of OF Andre Ethiers right tibia showed the fracture has not completely healed but its healed enough that Andre, to his tolerance, can continue to progress with baseball activity. Roberts said the Dodgers will ramp him up and see where it takes us. ... LHP Alex Wood (posterior elbow) will pitch in the same simulated game as Kershaw.Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (strained oblique) played catch Thursday night, the first time hes done so since the injury.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 2.70 ERA) makes his third start since coming back from Tommy John surgery, facing his former team for the first time.Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley (3-5, 4.64), coming off a strong but losing effort against San Francisco, makes the start for Arizona in the second game of the three-game series. Since being recalled from Triple-A Reno on May 29, Bradley ranks fourth in the NL in strikeouts.Steve Cishek Jersey . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. Chicago Cubs Jerseys . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. http://www.thecubsteamshop.com/Cubs-Brandon-Kintzler-Kids-Jersey/ . 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"Hopefully that wont let up, and we can continue the hot bats and the pitching and defence." Oswaldo Arcia went deep in the second inning ahead of Dozier. Clete Thomas and Eduardo Escobar hit back-to-back shots in the fourth, sending the White Sox to their seventh defeat in the last eight games. They fell to a league-worst 13-28 on the road and 5-13 in June. "The game is hard enough when youre not playing well," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "When youre not playing well, you can see all the warts." Danks (1-4) lasted only five innings, giving up 12 hits and six runs. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs against Scott Diamond (5-6) in the sixth inning, but that wasnt nearly enough. The six combined homers on this humid, breezy afternoon matched a record at Target Field, which opened in 2010. The Twins last swept the White Sox in a three-game series Sept. 14-16, 2010, in Chicago. Theyd never done it here before. "Youre only as good as your last game, but theres a confidence level," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. The White Sox dropped to 29-41, the first time theyve been 12 games under .500 since the last day of the 2007 season, when they finished 72-90. That was the only year in the history of the AL Central, which was created in 1994, the White Sox have finished in fourth place. Theyve never finished last in the Central, but theyre well on their way this summer, with starting pitching joining this week the list of problems topped by fielding and scoring. "We truly feel like were way too good to be playing like this," Danks said. "We feel were just as talented as any team in the league." The signs of struggle were everywhere. Alejandro De Azas drag bunt attempt in the fifth inning sailed about 20 feeet in the air all the way to Dozier for an easy catch at second base.dddddddddddd Then in the sixth, shortstop Alexei Ramirez let a soft two-out grounder get through his legs for an error. Two batters later, Justin Morneaus two-run single with the bases loaded stretched the lead to 8-4. Danks, whose season started late because of surgery last summer on his left shoulder, fell to 0-4 in his four road starts with a 7.29 ERA. Nine of the 10 home runs hes allowed have been on the road. "Home runs are exciting, but as long as were putting them on the board youve got to be happy," Diamond said. Quipped Gardenhire: "As long as theyre ours being hit into the seats, thats OK." Diamond won for only the second time in his last eight starts, with only one completion of six innings in that span. This turn, he lasted 5 1-3 innings with seven hits and four runs allowed. One of those was unearned, due to a throwing error by third baseman Trevor Plouffe in the fourth. Reliever Jesse Crain has been one bright spot for the White Sox, at least. The former Twins right-hander set Chicagos franchise record with his 28th consecutive scoreless appearance, passing J.J. Putzs mark from 2010. Crain, who has 37 strikeouts in 28 innings during the streak, has allowed only two runs all season, most recently on April 12. NOTES: The six victories (out of nine) were the most on a homestand by the Twins since winning six of 12 here on from July 14-24, 2011. ... Ventura expressed encouragement about RHP Jake Peavys first real exercise -- riding the stationary bike -- since he broke a rib two weeks. Peavy is expected to miss another two to four weeks. ... Twins CF Aaron Hicks (strained left hamstring) is on track to begin a rehab assignment next week. Backup OF Wilkin Ramirez (post-concussion symptoms) started one on Thursday with Class A Fort Myers. ... The Twins play three games at Cleveland beginning on Friday. RHP Samuel Deduno (3-1, 3.26 ERA) will pitch the opener, with LHP Scott Kazmir (3-4, 5.89 ERA) starting for the Indians. ... The White Sox start a three-game series in Kansas City on Friday by sending LHP Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30 ERA) to the mound at Kauffman Stadium. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72 ERA) will pitch for the Royals. ' ' '
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