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D-backs buzz by Dodgers in 10th inning

April 30, 2024;  Phoenix, Arizona, USA;  Beekeeper Matt Hilton sprays a swarm of bees on top of the safety net, delaying the start of the Arizona Diamondbacks' baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field.

April 30, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Beekeeper Matt Hilton sprays a swarm of bees on top of the safety net, delaying the start of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field.
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Christian Walker hit two home runs, including a game-ending two-run shot in the 10th inning, as the Arizona Diamondbacks put out the Los Angeles Dodgers by earning a 4-3 victory in Phoenix on Tuesday.

Six Arizona pitchers held the Evaders to zero RBIs through nine innings as the Diamond ridges won for the second time in the past six games. The victory came after an hour and 55 minute delay early on, when a colony of bees formed on the net behind home plate.

A beekeeper removed the cluster to a standing ovation, and he stayed to throw out the first cast before the game finally began.

Will Smith gave the Evaders a brief lead with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning after Los Angeles scored its first two runs on a wild pitch and balk. Rookie Landon Knack gave up one run on four hits in five-plus innings for the Evaders.

The EvadersThe loss included three strikeouts for Shohei Ohtani, his most since joining his new team and one off his career high.

Left-hander Brandon Hughes started and threw one inning in his Arizona debut after scheduled starter Jordan Montgomery was scratched due to the delay in opening the game. Righthander Scott McGough (1-3) gave up a run in the 10th, but earned the win.

The Diamond ridges scored first when Walker hit a solo home run to left center field off Knack in the fourth.

The Evaders loaded the bases with one out in the fifth and had Ohtani at the plate, but they scored only once to make it 1-1 on a wild pitch by Joe Mantiply. Mantiply continued to receive gifts in the sixth inning and made a balk that allowed Smith to score and the Evaders a 2-1 lead.

Arizona tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth inning against right-hander Daniel Hudson when former Dodger Joc Pederson doubled and scored on Gabriel Moreno’s single to right field.

Walker’s game-winning blast, his seventh home run of the season, came on the third pitch of the home half of the 10th. Nabil Crismatt (1-1) served the long ball.

— Field-level media