PHOENIX — The Los Angeles Dodgers ruined Arizona’s season.

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PHOENIX — The Los Angeles Dodgers ruined Arizona’s season.

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The Diamondbacks could do a little something about it this week.The Dodgers knocked Arizona out of first place in the NL West with three consecutive comeback victories on the first weekend of September Roy Halladay Jersey , winning all three on their final at-bat by the same score, 3-2.Article continues below ...The Diamondbacks are 5-17 since as they prepare to host the division-leading Dodgers in a three-game series that begins Monday at Chase Field.“I feel like that was an extremely tough series … to give everything you have … this team was invested and we were in first place, talking about good things happening at the end of this road,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.“It definitely staggered us. Have we recovered? I would like to say we did, but our play has told us that we have not.”The Diamondbacks left that series in third place, and the Dodgers climbed back into first with a three-game sweep of Colorado last week. The Dodgers (87-69) will bring a 1 1/2-game lead over the Rockies into final week of the season and also are only one game behind Atlanta for possible home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.“There were a couple more gut punches in that Atlanta series that may have been some key blows,” said Lovullo referring a series in which the Diamondbacks lost three of four the weekend after playing the Dodgers.“It was a lot to absorb. The L.A. series is one that maybe a lot of people will see as a target.”Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 2.45) is scheduled to oppose Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray (6-2, 3.92) in the first game of the series. Kershaw has made 14 straight quality starts.While the Dodgers are contending for a playoff spot, there will be no lack of motivation on the Arizona side.“It is hard to say you are going to pay people back in sports, because they are gifted athletes, too,” Lovullo said. “But we should make it as hard on them as possible to do what they are trying to do. “That will be my message to the guys. I certainly don’t want to see any team celebrate on our turf. I watched it last year and it was painful , and I don’t want to watch it again. We’ll make sure we give everything we have the next several days.”The Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks in the NLDS last season, finishing if off in Arizona.The Dodgers have won 15 of 22 games and have won nine of their last 11.They have a franchise season record 225 homers, setting the mark on newcomer Manny Machado’s homer Saturday night.“We have great hitters here,” Machado told reporters Saturday. “We’re all confident. We know the team we have.”Machado, who had another homer Sunday, had one of the Dodgers’ four homers in the critical series against Arizona at the first of the month. Matt Kemp won the third game of the series with a three-run homer in the eighth inning Sept. 1, and his two-run walkoff double ended the Sept. 2 game.Kershaw will have one more start remaining after this unless the Dodgers have clinched a playoff berth by next weekend and opt to juggle the rotation to prepare for the playoffs. If Kershaw does make two starts, he could put himself high on the ERA leaderboard because he is only 11 2/3 innings short of qualifying. The Mets’ Jacob deGrom has a 1.77 ERA and will win the title, but Kershaw could nose out Aaron Nola (2.45) and Max Scherzer (2.57) for second.Kershaw has won his last five decisions and has not lost since July 21, when Milwaukee scored three unearned runs in a 4-2 victory. He has a 2.22 ERA during his string of 14 quality start and has faced the Diamondbacks four times this season, going 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA.Ray has won his last three decisions over 12 starts and has not lost since July 12. He has given up three runs or less in each of his last nine starts and two runs or less in eight of them. He is coming off a 9-0 victory over the Cubs in which he gave up one hit and struck out eight in six innings.Ray has faced the Dodgers once this season, a 3-1 victory on Aug. 30 in the first game of that series in Los Angeles. He is 7-3 with a 2.63 ERA against them in 14 career starts, the most he has faced any opponent. A look at the struggling start for the Dodgers starting pitchers Roberto Osuna Jersey , and how they struggled mightily against the Cardinals and Brewers."This week on the podcast, a look at the struggling Dodgers starting rotation and how they poorly navigated the minefield of the National League Central, losing six of seven games to the Cardinals and Brewers.The starting staff has disappointed to start the season and things got worse with the injury to Hyun-jin Ryu. Clayton Kershaw is back and Rich Hill will soon follow, but the rest of the rotation has to improve regardless of when the reinforcements come.If you have any questions for future podcasts, please send them to, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch.Dodgers rewindIn honor of Ross Stripling delivering the best Dodger start of the season on Sunday, this week’s Dodgers rewind is another Texas A&M product, left-hander Doug Rau.Rau whiffed 21 batters for Class-A Bakersfield in 1970. Thanks, 1980 Topps.Rau was drafted by the Dodgers in the first round of baseball’s secondary June draft in 1970 (the draft was structured differently back then; this version is no more), picked seventh overall behind, among others, Dave Kingman and Bucky Dent.Rau was a rotation mainstay for Los Angeles for five seasons (1974-78), a run that included three World Series trips for the Dodgers. Rau topped out at 16 wins in 1976 , posting a 2.57 ERA in 231 innings for a 131 ERA+.In many ways, Rau was the left-handed Chad Billingsley. Both were first-round picks, both pitched in parts of eight seasons with the Dodgers before missing a season with injury — rotator cuff for Rau in 1980, Tommy John surgery for Billingsley in 2014 — then finishing out their career with a brief one-off comeback attempt with another team.Rau and Billingsley each pitched 219 games for the Dodgers, 190 starts for Billingsley and 184 for Rau. Rau won 80 games with a 106 ERA+ with LA, Billingsley won 81 with a 110 ERA+. They also both shared the stigma of postseason failures with the Dodgers. Both pitched six postseason games, including three starts for the Dodgers, with Rau posting a 6.55 ERA and Billingsley at 6.88.A postseason moment was perhaps Rau’s most memorable incident with the Dodgers. Down 1-0 with two runners in scoring position with nobody out after three straight hits in the second inning of Game 4 of the 1977 World Series, Tommy Lasorda visited Rau on the mound and got into a heated exchange, a classic Lasorda profanity-laced rant, before removing him for reliever Rick Rhoden.Rau: “I feel good Tommy.”Lasorda: “I don’t give a shit you feel good, there’s four motherf**king hits up there.”Podcast linksRSS feedEpisode link (time: 47:10)

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