Ted Lilly endured a rare evening when nothing was working.
“It was a night of constantly searching for a different way of getting them out,” said Lilly, who lasted only 3 1-3 innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 11-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Los Angeles had its six-game winning streak snapped.
“I threw only four pitches and any one of the four I chose to throw was either a ball … or a strike they hit hard,” he said.
The left-hander’s outing his shortest outing since September 16, 2010, at San Francisco. Lilly (5-1) gave up eight runs on nine hits and five walks.
“It was definitely a combination of extremely poor pitching on my part and good hitting,” Lilly said. “It seemed like the very few occasions when I did throw a decent pitch, they got the barrel on those, too.”
A.J. Ellis hit a solo homer in the fourth for the Dodgers, who only have swept Arizona at Chase Field once in the Diamondbacks’ 14-plus-season existence.
“It wasn’t a game we were in, really,” Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. “They got two in the first, two in the second, one in the third and we could never really stop it. We would kind of click one back and you figure if we could hold them right there we’d have a chance to get back in the game. But we weren’t able to.”
Justin Upton and Ryan Roberts homered and every starter had at least one hit for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Willie Bloomquist had three hits, including an RBI triple, and Aaron Hill added three hits and two RBIs as the Diamondbacks won for only the second time in their last 11 home games.
Joe Saunders (3-3) struck out a season-high seven and scattered seven hits across 6 1-3 innings.
Roberts gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead two batters into the bottom of the first, hitting his third home run just over the left-field wall. Hill added a two-out RBI single for a 2-0 lead.
The Diamondbacks made it 4-0 in the second when Bloomquist tripled home Henry Blanco, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Roberts.
Gerardo Parra had an RBI single in the third, Jason Kubel hit a two-run triple in the fourth and Hill added his second run-scoring single of the game, also in the fourth, to put the Diamondbacks ahead 8-0 and chase Lilly.
Roberts recorded his third RBI on a grounder in the fifth, just ahead of Upton’s opposite-field home run that extended Arizona’s lead to 11-1.
Los Angeles pieced together two hits and three walks to score three runs in the seventh against Saunders.
“The way I always look at it is once you’ve got the two, you are looking to win that other one (in a series),” Mattingly said. “I guess at the end of the day, once it is over, you say you try to win every series.”
NOTES: Dodgers 3B Justin Sellers was a late scratch with numbness in his right leg and replaced by Adam Kennedy. Sellers will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday. … The Diamondbacks’ multirun first inning was their first since April 28, a span of 23 games. … Dodgers RF Andre Ethier was given his first day off after appearing in Los Angeles’ first 43 games. … NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will face Houston RHP Lucas Harrell on Friday at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw is coming off his fourth career shutout on Saturday against St. Louis.