D-backs Blow 4-Run Lead in the 8th

Dan Haren had a 5-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers when he left Tuesday night's game after seven innings, but the bullpen couldn't make it stick. Tony Pena was a major part of a huge blown lead for the second time in a week and Daniel Schlereth proved that he was mortal as the Dodgers scored five runs with two outs in the eighth inning to win 6-5.

Justin Upton's first career grand slam in the second-inning gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 5-0 lead Tuesday night. The Arizona bullpen then blew a four-run lead for Dan Haren, who left with a 5-1 lead after giving up two hits and striking out eight in seven innings.  Tony Pena, who got his first save of the season Monday, gave up two singles and two walks to force in one run the Dodgers' five-run eighth.  Pena got the loss on May 25th, when the D-backs blew a 7-1 lead against the San Diego Padres.

"Tony was more erratic today than he normally is," manager A.J. Hinch said.

Daniel Schlereth was saddled with the loss Tuesday, as he was scored upon for the first time in his three major league outings. Schlereth gave up a game-tying, three-run double to James Loney before giving the go-ahead single to Casey Blake.

"I just made a bad pitch and that's how this game goes," conceded Schlereth.  "You make a bad pitch you get punished for it."

The Dodgers scored all five eighth-inning runs with two outs.  Arizona's 4.96 bullpen ERA ranks 25th in baseball while their .283 BAA ranks 28th, although their seven blown saves is middle-of-the-pack.  While Schlereth and fellow recent-callup Clay Zavada have pretty major league earned run averages, they have combined to allow eight of the nine runners that they have inherited score.

"The way our bullpen has been, I believe in all those guys," said Hinch.  "[Schlereth] was thrown into the fire a little bit. He'll bounce back, he's got the stuff to do it. There's no reason for that inning to deter us from using him."


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