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Bee-lieve: Walker’s homer in 10th lifts Diamondbacks over Dodgers 4-3 after delay for bee swarm


PHOENIX (AP) Christian Walker homered twice, including a two-run drive in the 10th inning that gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a bee-delayed 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

A bee swarm atop the netting behind home plate caused a delay of nearly two hours as players and fans waited for a beekeeper to remove the colony. Players tried to keep busy in the indoor batting cage and clubhouse to kill time while they waited for the bees to be removed.

“It was weird, but props to the guys for shutting it down and then getting it back on and being ready to play,” Walker said.

The activity in the game didn’t pick up until late.

Gabriel Moreno hit a tying single for Arizona in the eighth, but Los Angeles reliever Nabil Crismatt (1-1) worked a perfect ninth to send it to extra innings.

The Dodgers loaded the bases against Scott McGough (1-3) in the 10th, and Will Smith drove in Gavin Lux with a sacrifice fly for a one-run lead.

Walker at first was going to go up looking to try to move the automatic runner from second to third, but Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told him to end the game instead. Walker wasted no more time buzzing around, launching Crismatt’s third pitch of the 10th into the left-field seats to set off a wild celebration at Chase Field.

“That was a little bit of edge that I needed, otherwise maybe trying to use the middle of the field, move a runner to third base right there,” Walker said. “I think that a little bit of freedom and forgiveness helped me.”

The Diamondbacks opted to switch gears after the long wait, sending out left-hander Brandon Hughes instead of scheduled starter Jordan Montgomery, who had gone through his full warmup before the delay was announced.

Los Angeles stuck with Landon Knack and he gave up a solo homer to Walker in the fourth – the only run the right-hander allowed on three hits in five innings.

The Dodgers loaded the bases against Justin Martinez in the fifth and tied the game on Joe Mantiply’s wild pitch. A balk by Mantiply scored Smith from third to make it 2-1 in the sixth.

But the Diamondbacks rallied late, earning a much-needed win on a bizarre night at the ballpark.

“One of my buddies texted me a Google screenshot of honeybees and how they’re a sign of good luck from ancient times,” Hughes said after making his first career start in his Arizona debut. “And it was actually like a little bit deeper, how they use teamwork and cooperation. I mean, that was a a full team win right there.”


Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (elbow) allowed a run and seven hits in five innings during a rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Diamondbacks: LHP Kyle Nelson was transferred to the 60-day injured list and will have surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Arizona selected Hughes’ contract from Triple-A Reno to take Nelson’s spot and optioned LHP Tommy Henry to the minors after Monday night’s game.


Arizona RHP Zac Gallen (3-2, 3.38 ERA) is cleared to pitch in Wednesday’s series finale after leaving his last start with right hamstring soreness. He’ll face RHP Yoshinobu Yamamoto (2-1, 3.54), making his sixth start since signing with the Dodgers out of Japan.


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  • Chase FieldPhoenix, AZ
  • W: S. McGough (1-3)L: N. Crismatt (1-1)S: (0)
  • HR: ARI – C. Walker 2 (7)




M. Betts SS3000.368
S. Ohtani DH5010.336
F. Freeman 1B4010.302
W. Smith C3111.362
T. Hernandez RF4000.254
E. Hernandez 3B-LF4010.242
C. Taylor LF1000.061
a- M. Muncy PH-3B2000.242
A. Pages CF3110.300
M. Rojas 2B2000.267
b- G. Lux PH-2B2100.182
  • a-walked for Taylor in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Rojas in the 7th
J. McCarthy RF3000.286
L. Gurriel LF5000.254
K. Marte 2B5110.306
C. Walker 1B5233.283
J. Pederson DH4110.288
E. Suarez 3B3020.241
G. Moreno C3011.238
C. Carroll CF4010.193
K. Newman SS2000.157
a- P. Smith PH1010.250
B. Alexander PR-SS1000.311
  • a-singled for Newman in the 7th


  • 2B – F. Freeman (9), W. Smith (10)
  • SF – W. Smith (4)
  • RBI – W. Smith (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out – F. Freeman 2 (2), T. Hernandez, E. Hernandez, A. Pages


  • 2B – J. Pederson (6), E. Suarez (7), C. Carroll (3)
  • HR – C. Walker 2 (7)
  • SH – J. McCarthy (2)
  • RBI – C. Walker 3 (22), G. Moreno (13)
  • 2-Out RBI – G. Moreno
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out – K. Marte 2 (2), C. Carroll 4 (4), B. Alexander 2 (2)


  • SB – J. McCarthy (3)


  • DP – (Marte-Alexander-Walker)
L. Knack5.041122.81
M. Grove(H, 3)1.010126.50
J. Kelly(H, 7)1.010015.25
D. Hudson(BS, 1)1.031003.21
N. Crismatt(L, 1-1)1.011002.25
B. Hughes1.010020.00
B. Jarvis3.010144.42
J. Martinez(H, 1)0.111201.50
J. Mantiply(BS, 1)1.221024.26
R. Thompson2.000111.42
K. Ginkel1.000002.77
S. McGough(W, 1-3)1.000206.43


  • Pitches-Strikes – L. Knack 64-41, M. Grove 25-19, J. Kelly 11-9, D. Hudson 18-11, N. Crismatt 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls – L. Knack 6-6, M. Grove 1-0, J. Kelly 3-0, D. Hudson 2-1, N. Crismatt 1-2
  • Batters Faced – L. Knack 21, M. Grove 5, J. Kelly 4, D. Hudson 6, N. Crismatt 4


  • Pitches-Strikes – B. Hughes 17-12, B. Jarvis 41-25, J. Martinez 18-8, J. Mantiply 24-16, R. Thompson 21-13, K. Ginkel 18-12, S. McGough 20-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls – B. Hughes 1-0, B. Jarvis 1-3, J. Martinez 1-0, J. Mantiply 2-0, R. Thompson 2-1, K. Ginkel 2-0, S. McGough 1-1
  • Batters Faced – B. Hughes 4, B. Jarvis 11, J. Martinez 4, J. Mantiply 7, R. Thompson 6, K. Ginkel 4, S. McGough 5