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D-backs lose record 15th straight, Souza homers in return

The Diamondbacks stumbled to their franchise-record 15th straight loss, with Steven Souza Jr. hitting a go-ahead home run in his return to Arizona following a horrific knee injury and helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-0 victory on Friday night.

Arizona broke the team mark of 14 straight losses from July 9-25, 2004, and lost for the 38th time in 43 games. The Diamondbacks have the worst record in the major leagues at 20-51.

Souza homered in the eighth off Joe Mantiply (0-2). Souza slipped on home plate and tore his left ACL while playing for the Diamondbacks in an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox on March 25, 2019. Souza did not return until the 2020 regular season.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Steven Souza celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Trevor Bauer (7-5), in the best of his three starts since Major League Baseball let it be known it would crack down on the use of sticky substances that aid pitchers' grips, pitched three-hit ball over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked three, lowering his ERA to 2.45.

Jimmy Nelson and Kenley Jansen each pitched an inning to finish a three-hitter, with Jansen getting his 17th save in 19 chances and finishing the Dodgers' sixth shutout,

Arizona was blanked for the ninth time.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Steven Souza, right, slaps hands with third base coach Dino Ebel as Souza rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Dodgers center fielder Mookie Betts added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, scoring shortstop Gavin Lux, who had walked and gone to third on a pinch-hit double by Andy Burns. Arizona reliever Stefan Crichton then balked in a run.

Bauer escaped bases-loaded in the fourth when Carson Kelly hit an inning-ending flyout. Eduardo Escobar hit an inning-ending popout that stranded two runners in the fifth, starting a string in which the Diamondbacks' last 13 batters were retired in order.

Diamondbacks starter Caleb Smith allowed one run in six innings with four walks and five strikeouts.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Steven Souza, left, celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Andy Burns during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

ROSTER MOVE

Diamondbacks: Arizona designated P Keury Mella for assignment and selected the contract of reliever Noé Ramirez from Triple-A Reno. Mella had a 32.40 ERA in two appearances with the Diamondbacks. Ramirez had an 8.00 ERA in eight appearances at Reno.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Joe Mantiply pauses on the mound with a new baseball after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Dodgers' Steven Souza, left, as Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, right, waits for the next batter during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Dodgers: OF Cody Bellinger (hamstring) ran the bases Wednesday and manager Dave Roberts said, “he responded really well.” Roberts said Bellinger should be activated off the injured list for the series against San Diego beginning Monday. ... 1B Max Muncy (oblique) will not need a rehabilitation assignment and could be ready for the second or third game of the Padres series ... SS Corey Seager (hand) could start a rehab assignment next week. ... Roberts said he hopes LHP Scott Alexander (shoulder inflammation) will be ready to rejoin the Dodgers by early July

Diamondbacks: LHP Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) threw off flat ground Friday and is scheduled to pitch a bullpen session Tuesday. ... RHP Taylor Widener (groin) threw a 31-pitch bullpen Friday. ... RHP Tyler Clippard (knee) threw 15 pitches off flat ground and 10 off a mound . ... OF Kole Calhoun took batting practice.

UP NEXT

Los Angeles Dodgers' Steven Souza connects for a home run next to Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Walker Buehler is 6-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 13 starts this season going into his outing at the Arizona Diamondbacks and Brad Peacock (2-4, 5.26). Buehler is 2-0 with a 2.47 ERA in nine starts against Arizona, including seven scoreless innings during a May 17 win at Dodger Stadium in which the only hit he allowed a one-out single in the first to Josh Rojas.

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Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, left, takes the ball from relief pitcher Joe Mantiply, middle, as third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (14) waits during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. The Dodgers won 3-0. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Stefan Crichton pauses on the mound after giving up a run on a balk during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. The Dodgers won 3-0. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner, right, backs away from an inside pitch as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly reaches up to make the catch during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. The Dodgers won 3-0. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrates the team's 3-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Andy Burns (29), who scored on a balk, is congratulated by Albert Pujols (55) during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. The Dodgers won 3-0. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Andy Burns (29) celebrates his double against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) waits for a late throw during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. The Dodgers won 3-0. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, rear, hugs catcher Will Smith after the team's 3-0 win in a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols (55) tags out Arizona Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas as a wide throw took Pujols off the base during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed fouls a pitch off the face mask of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)