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Miscommunication leads to Dodgers' downfall

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers were within striking distance entering Sunday's seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, down just one run with an effective Josh Beckett on the mound.

And then Arizona catcher Miguel Montero hit a ball halfway between first and second base, and Adrian Gonzalez was nowhere near the first-base bag when Dee Gordon fielded it and looked to throw over.

Montero reached on the miscommunication and the Diamondbacks quickly scored two runs, with that play and a subsequent Gordon error propelling them to a 6-3 win at Dodger Stadium.

"That one inning got away," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Said right-hander Josh Beckett, the game's loser: "Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong."

In the bottom of the inning, too. In that half, Drew Butera ran into a key out on the basepaths after drawing a walk. Justin Turner doubled to score Jamie Romak and Butera rounded third with the intent to score, despite third-base coach Lorenzo Bundy's stop sign.

A couple steps after touching third, Butera tried to revert back, but it was too late. He made the first out of the inning, slowing a Dodger rally.

"I think I was being a little too aggressive," Butera said.

Beckett (4-4) threw seven innings, striking out six and walking none. He was charged with four runs, three of them earned.

If he had been running from the mound on contact, he likely could've been in position to catch Gordon's throw and retire Montero in the seventh. Beckett declined to discuss what he thought about that specific play.

"I don't get into that," he said.

Gonzalez said he approached Mattingly after the inning and asked if he did anything wrong on the play, saying he couldn't immediately tell Gordon would be able to field it.

Mattingly said he was fine with Gonzalez ranging to his right, even though it proved unnecessary.

The Dodgers (37-34) have not swept a series at home this season. They remain in second place in the National League West, 61/2 games back of the San Francisco Giants, two games closer than they were at the beginning of the weekend.

"We try to gain a game every series," Gonzalez said. "Or at least stay steady."

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