Diamondbacks get 16 hits, rout Dodgers 11-6, to take three of four

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PHOENIX – Josh Rojas had his second straight three-hit game, Pavin Smith drove in three runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks got 16 hits in an 11-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-6.

Every Arizona starter had at least one hit as the Diamondbacks followed a 12-run, 17-hit effort Saturday with another easy victory and took three out of four in the weekend series. Arizona is 5-3 against the Dodgers this season after Los Angeles went 38-10 against the Diamondbacks over the prior three seasons.

Arizona scored in each of the first five innings, helped by five stolen bases, including two from Nick Ahmed. The Diamondbacks also took extra bases on several hits – James Outman‘s lobbed throw from center allowed Jake McCarthy to hustle into second with a double in the second inning, leading to Jose Herrera‘s two-out RBI single.

“This is the first time I’ve ever played the Dodgers where it felt like they could feel the pressure,” Rojas said. “It wasn’t like we were smacking the ball all over the place. We were just finding holes, not striking out, putting the ball in play and then when we got on base, we were putting the pressure on.

“On defense they were talking about their shifts, where they’re playing, whether they’re in the right spot,” Rojas said. “We’ve been on the other side of it. It feels good to be on the right side of that this time.”

Ryne Nelson (1-0) gave up three runs and four hits in six innings of his second start this season. He worked through a shaky first inning and retired his last 11 batters.

“I worked through some stuff and settled in late,” Nelson said. “I went back to getting after them with the heater. It definitely makes it easy when the guys are putting up 11 runs.”

Michael Grove (0-1), making his eighth big league start, allowed nine runs and 12 hits in 3 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old right-hander’s ERA in two starts this season ballooned from 6.75 to 14.73.

“We got beat in every facet,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Michael wasn’t sharp. They were on the fastball; they were on everything. They hit a lot of balls hard.”

J.D. Martinez had a triple and a double and drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who did not hit a home run for the first time this season.

Arizona took a 6-3 lead with a three-run third when Alek Thomas hit a tiebreaking single and Ahmed had a two-run single. Smith hit a two-run double in a three-run fourth that built a 9-3 advantage.

After Shelby Miller forced in a run in the fifth with a bases-loaded walk, plate umpire Lance Barrett ejected catcher Austin Barnes for arguing balls and strikes after Miller fell behind 2-0 on Corbin Carroll.

“He had some words with Lance. He was fighting for his pitchers, and so I respect that,” Roberts said. “But Austin knows he can’t get tossed in that situation.”


Dodgers SS Miguel Rojas returned after missing five games with a groin strain and went 0 for 3 with a walk. Roberts, citing caution, said before the game that Rojas will sit out Monday’s game at San Francisco but is scheduled to play again on Tuesday.


RHP Peter Solomon pitched the final two innings in his Arizona debut, allowing three runs, three hits and two walks. The 26-year-old, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Reno, had not appeared in the major leagues since six relief appearances for Houston in 2021. He replaced RHP Zach Davies, who was placed on the 15-day IL with a strained oblique. … The Diamondbacks acquired RHP José Ruiz from the Chicago White Sox for cash. The 28-year-old reliever, who pitched for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, will report for the next series against Milwaukee. He was designated for assignment on Friday after posting a 22.09 ERA in four games for the White Sox. … RHPs Mark Melancon and Cole Sulser, both dealing with strained pitching shoulders, were transferred to the 60-day injured list.


Dodgers: Open a three-game series at San Francisco on Monday. LHP Julio Urías (2-0, 0.75) starts against RHP Logan Webb (0-2, 6.55).

Diamondbacks: Host Milwaukee in a three-game series beginning Monday night. RHP Zac Gallen (0-1, 7.59 ERA) starts against LHP Wade Miley (1-0, 0.00).

Orioles sign OF Aaron Hicks, put Cedric Mullins on 10-day IL with groin strain

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder Aaron Hicks less than 24 hours after Cedric Mullins went down with a strained right groin.

Mullins went on the 10-day injured list, but the Orioles are hoping Hicks can help defensively in the spacious outfield at Camden Yards. Hicks was released last week by the New York Yankees with more than 2 1/2 seasons left on his contract.

“We had noticed that he was a free agent even before the injury,” Orioles general manager Mike Elias said. “When the injury occurred and it became pretty clear this was going to be an IL, it seemed like a good fit even more so at that time.”

The Orioles are responsible for paying Hicks just $483,871, a prorated share of the $720,000 minimum salary. The Yankees owe him the rest of his $10.5 million salary this year, plus $9.5 million in each of the next two seasons and a $1 million buyout of a 2026 team option.

The 33-year-old Hicks hit just .188 in 28 games for the Yankees this year.

“We have stuff that we look at from a scouting and evaluation perspective,” Elias said. “It’s very different from just looking at the back of a baseball card, and we hope that we get a bounceback from anyone we bring here.”

Hicks batted .216 last season.

“Hopefully that’s a good thing for him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of the Baltimore deal. “A lot of time here and a lot of good things happened for him here. I know the last couple of years have been a struggle. But hopefully it’s a good opportunity for him and certainly wish him well. Not too well being in our division and a team we’re chasing, but hopefully it’s a really good fit for him.”

Mullins left a loss to Cleveland after he pulled up while running out an infield grounder. Outfielder Colton Cowser – the fifth pick in the draft two years ago – is hitting .331 at Triple-A Norfolk, but he went on the IL in the past couple weeks.

“Certainly he was building a case towards promotion consideration prior to his injury and prior to Cedric’s injury,” Elias said. “We’ll just see where we’re at.”

Hicks was active for the game but not in the starting lineup. Austin Hays, normally Baltimore’s left field, was in Mullins’ usual spot in center.

When the wall in left at Camden Yards was pushed significantly back before last season, it made left field a bigger challenge defensively.

“In this park … you really need two center fielders,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Aaron’s got a lot of center-field experience. Played left field here before also. Brings the defensive aspect and then the switch-hitting.”