A new addition to their front office might have already provided a spark for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Coming off the highest-scoring performance in team history, the Diamondbacks look to win their home series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
Hours after Arizona (17-28) announced the hiring of Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer, the Diamondbacks scored seven runs off Clayton Kershaw in the second inning en route to an 18-7 rout Saturday. Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, had a career-high six RBIs and set a team record with five runs as Arizona snapped the Dodgers' seven-game road winning streak in this series.
The Diamondbacks, who totaled one run while losing their previous two games, matched their total from the previous six contests. They recorded 21 hits, including a team-record 13 for extra bases, and hit five home runs.
''It was nice because we hadn't been scoring much lately, this entire year,'' Goldschmidt said.
Goldschmidt was 3 for 26 with three doubles and three RBIs in his previous seven games before going 4 for 5 with the two home runs and two doubles.
The Diamondbacks provided a good first impression for La Russa, who they hope can help revive an organization that's off to a rough start after finishing .500 the previous two seasons following an NL West title in 2011. La Russa, who last worked as a manager that year when he guided St. Louis to its second World Series title with him at the helm, will report to team president Derrick Hall and oversee the baseball operations department.
"The entire organization is obviously frustrated with the results on the field and we are looking to improve," Hall said. ''Tony brings us a wealth of knowledge, experience and success, and will work closely with (general manager) Kevin (Towers) and (manager) Kirk (Gibson) in evaluating our current state to determine the future of our baseball operations."
After roughing up Kershaw, the Diamondbacks face Dan Haren (5-1, 2.84 ERA), who spent almost three seasons with Arizona from 2008-10. He's won three straight starts against the Diamondbacks, including two this year while posting a 3.46 ERA. He gave up three runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings of an 8-6 victory at Chase Field on April 13.
The right-hander has allowed three runs and seven hits each time in splitting his last two starts. He lasted seven innings during a 6-5 win over Miami on Monday.
"Typical Dan," manager Don Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website. "He stays in the game, keeps making pitches and kind of hangs in there."
Though Goldschmidt is 2 for 10 against Haren, teammate Chris Owings is 6 for 8 with two doubles off of him. Owings had a double, triple and a home run Saturday after going 0 for 13 in his previous four games.
Arizona's Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.89) lost 4-1 at Los Angeles on April 20, giving up four runs in six innings. That defeat dropped the right-hander to 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA as a starter against the Dodgers.
He also allowed four runs - three coming on two homers - in five innings of a 6-5 home loss to Washington on Monday, not getting the decision.
Yasiel Puig is 2 for 6 with a home run and a double against Collmenter, and he's batting .409 with six homers and 21 RBIs during his 16-game hitting streak.
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