Dodgers’ Dustin May looks shaky in loss to Diamondbacks – Press Telegram

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LOS ANGELES ― Dustin May gave the Dodgers equal parts cause for optimism and cause for concern in the sixth leg of his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

For an optimist, Maye’s talent — a five-ball arsenal backed by a 100-mph fastball — continued to impress after his return from season-ending elbow surgery in May 2021. For a pessimist, the Dodgers’ 6-1 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Wednesday night showed how an episodic May team and one big hit can lead to a one-sided defeat.

May (2-3) allowed seven hits and five runs in four innings. He walked two batters and struck out another. The Dodgers went on a three-game losing streak from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, but will snap a two-game losing streak in Thursday’s series finale.

The Dodgers’ meager offense left May (2-3) almost no path to victory. Mookie Betts’ solo home run against Madison Bumgarner (7-15) was their only hit until the ninth inning. The loss itself, however, meant little other than it reduced the Dodgers’ chances of tying the all-time record for regular season wins (117).

The more pressing issue was Maye, a potentially big part of the Dodgers’ five-man October rotation. He has allowed no runs or one earned run in his three starts since being activated from the injured list. He has a 9.00 ERA in his other three starts.

The Diamondbacks led 2-0 when they loaded the bases in the fourth inning after two walks and a hit. Up came Corbin Carroll, who correctly hunted a first-pitch fastball and lined it in the outfield for a bases-clearing double.

May completed the inning, but then gave way to Chris Martin, who took the win.

Arizona used a walk, a stolen base and an RBI single by Christian Walker to score solo runs in the first and third innings.

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