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Dodgers stunned again as Diamondbacks complete shocking NLDS sweep

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  • Dodgers players, including Freddie Freeman, far right, look on from...

    Dodgers players, including Freddie Freeman, far right, look on from the dugout during the ninth inning of their 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. looks on from...

    Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. looks on from the dugout during the first inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws to the plate during the second inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy bobbles a ground ball before...

    Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy bobbles a ground ball before throwing to first for an out on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno during the second inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy bobbles a ground ball during...

    Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy bobbles a ground ball during the second inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts looks on from the dugout during...

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts looks on from the dugout during the first inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates after hitting a...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates after hitting a single as Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman, left, looks on during the second inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn walks off the field after...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn walks off the field after the second inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Geraldo Perdomo throws to first base to...

    Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Geraldo Perdomo throws to first base to complete a double play after forcing out the Dodgers’ Kike Hernández at second during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo hits a home run during...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo hits a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo hits a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo celebrates as he circles the...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo celebrates as he circles the bases after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo, right, celebrates with third base...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo, right, celebrates with third base coach Tony Perezchica as he runs the bases after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo celebrates after hitting a home...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte tosses his bat after hitting...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte tosses his bat after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte runs the bases after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte celebrates as he runs the...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte celebrates in the dugout after...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker hits a home run during...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker hits a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker watches the flight of his...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker watches the flight of his home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn waits for a new ball...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn waits for a new ball after giving up a home run to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker, left, during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker celebrates as he runs the...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker, right, celebrates with teammate Lourdes...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker, right, celebrates with teammate Lourdes Gurriel Jr. after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker, left, and Geraldo Perdomo, right,...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker, left, and Geraldo Perdomo, right, celebrate after Walker hit a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn wipes his face with his...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn wipes his face with his jersey after giving up three home runs during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. He gave up one more in the inning before being removed from the game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Umpire Todd Tichenor waves off a home run hit by...

    Umpire Todd Tichenor waves off a home run hit by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno (not pictured) after establishing that it was a foul ball during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. Moreno then homered on the next pitch. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno watches the flight of his...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno watches the flight of his home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno hits a home run during...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno hits a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn shows his frustration after giving...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn shows his frustration after giving up a home run to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno, left, during the third inning of Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix. Lynn allowed four solo home runs in the inning and the Dodgers lost, 4-2, as the Diamondbacks swept the series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates after Gabriel Moreno...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates after Gabriel Moreno (not pictured) hit a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno celebrates as he runs the...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno celebrates after hitting a home...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno (14) celebrates his home run with teammates Geraldo Perdomo, right, and others during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno celebrates in the dugout after...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn reacts as he is replaced...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn reacts as he is replaced after giving up four solo home runs during the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn walks off the field at...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn walks off the field at the end of the second inning in Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn walks to the dugout after...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn walks to the dugout after being removed during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, center, talks with catcher Will Smith,...

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, center, talks with catcher Will Smith, right, during a pitching change in the third inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt throws to the plate during the fourth inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy reacts after a foul tip was...

    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy reacts after a foul tip was caught by Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno, left, for an out during the fourth inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The Dodgers’ Will Smith celebrates after hitting a double during...

    The Dodgers’ Will Smith celebrates after hitting a double during the fifth inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt, center, hands the ball...

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt, center, hands the ball to Manager Torey Lovullo as he exits during the fifth inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Ryan Thompson throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Ryan Thompson throws to the plate during the sixth inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Michael throws to the plate during the...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Michael throws to the plate during the sixth inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts calls out from the dugout during the sixth inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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    The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor watches his RBI single during the seventh inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy scores from second base on an RBI single by Chris Taylor during the seventh inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández hits an RBI single during the...

    The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández hits an RBI single during the seventh inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol throws to the plate during the seventh inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Kevin Ginkel celebrates after getting the...

    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Kevin Ginkel celebrates after getting the third out of the eighth inning in Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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    An Arizona Diamondbacks fan waves a rally towel during the seventh inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Dodgers star Freddie Freeman walks back to the dugout after...

    Dodgers star Freddie Freeman walks back to the dugout after striking out during the third inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • Fans react after Dodgers star Freddie Freeman, right, struck out...

    Fans react after Dodgers star Freddie Freeman, right, struck out during the eighth inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Evan Phillips throws to the plate during the eighth inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy bobbles a ground ball during the eighth inning of Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Kevin Ginkel throws to the plate during the eighth inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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    Members of the Dodgers look on from the dugout during the ninth inning of their 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Paul Sewald throws to the plate during the ninth inning of Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Paul Sewald celebrates after the final out of their 4-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of their National League Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after beating the Dodgers, 4-2, in Game 3 of their National League Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jace Peterson, left, celebrates with teammate Geraldo Perdomo after they defeated the Dodgers, 4-2, in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, left, and catcher Jose Herrera celebrate after their 4-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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    Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after they defeated the Dodgers, 4-2, in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen celebrates with teammates after they defeated the Dodgers, 4-2, in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. falls backward into the Chase Field pool as the team celebrates after their 4-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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    Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate in the Chase Field pool after defeating the Dodgers in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate in the Chase Field pool after their 4-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate in the Chase Field pool after their 4-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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    Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks pose for photos after they defeated the Dodgers, 4-2, in Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, right, greets Dodgers manager Dave Roberts before Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts looks on in the dugout before Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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    The Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks line up for the playing of the national anthem before Game 3 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    A general view during team introductions before Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    A general view of a military flyover before Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Lightning does strike twice and the Dodgers are the charred victims, left smoking and unrecognizable as the 100-game winner they were during another pointless regular season.

For the second consecutive year, the Dodgers were eliminated in their first playoff series despite facing a team that finished a distant second behind them in the National League West. The Arizona Diamondbacks will move on to the NL Championship Series after hitting a postseason record four home runs in one inning and beating the Dodgers, 4-2, on Wednesday night to complete a shocking three-game sweep in the NL Division Series.

“There’s not a lot of words other than hurt, disappointed, frustrated and a little bit embarrassed,” center fielder Kiké Hernandez said of the feeling in the clubhouse after the game.

First baseman Freddie Freeman also struggled to answer questions.

“It’s hard to find words right now,” he said. “Yeah, it’s hard to put into words right now. Frustrating. Me and a lot of us didn’t play the way we wanted to. They just came out swinging in all three games and beat us.”

The Dodgers have lost six consecutive postseason games since winning Game 1 of their ill-fated NLDS against the San Diego Padres last fall. Twenty-two games better than the Padres during the 2022 season, they were 16 games better than the Diamondbacks during the 2023 regular season. They went 1-6 against those two teams in October.

“I don’t know the answer, and it’s ironic that these are teams that we’re very familiar with,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You get in a series and it gets flipped on its head, I just don’t know that answer.”

The first team in baseball history to win 100 games or more in four consecutive full seasons (2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023), the Dodgers have been utter failures in the postseason those same years. They followed those epic regular seasons with first-round exits in three of the four postseasons, advancing only in 2021 when they stalled out in the NLCS instead.

“I mean, it’s obviously super frustrating,” All-Star Mookie Betts said. “There’s no real known cause for it. They played better. We didn’t do much. I can’t speak for all of us, but I know for sure I did absolutely nothing to help us win. There’s no words for it.”

The Diamondbacks led at the end of all but two innings in this series, dominating the Dodgers in every phase.

The Dodgers’ three starting pitchers – Clayton Kershaw, Bobby Miller and Lance Lynn – recorded a total of 14 outs between them while allowing 13 runs.

According to Elias Sports, the 4⅔ innings from their starters are the fewest by the starting pitchers in the first three games of a postseason series in MLB history.

But the Dodgers were able to outhit their pitching problems all season thanks in large part to their two MVP candidates – Betts and Freeman. But Betts and Freeman were no-shows in the postseason. They went a combined 1 for 21, the lone hit an infield single by Freeman in the first inning of Game 2. Over the two NLDS losses to the Padres and Diamondbacks, Betts has batted .080 (2 for 25). Stretching back to 2021, he is 3 for 38 in his past 10 postseason games.

An offense that has averaged 5.4 runs per game over the past two regular seasons (first in the majors in 2022, second this season) has managed just 2.6 per game in two postseason series.

“Not good. I don’t know. It just did,” Freeman said when asked how that happened.

“We didn’t do it for three days. Not good by us.”

The Dodgers were 4 for 38 (.105) with runners in scoring position during last year’s NLDS defeat (including an 0-for-20 stretch). This year, they slipped in the clutch again, going 4 for 17 (.235) with RISP against the Diamondbacks. Only four consecutive two-out singles in the seventh inning (producing their only runs of Game 3) buoyed this year’s number.

“(That is) just how playoff series go,” Hernandez said. “You’ve got to capitalize every time you have a chance. You only get so many chances. … We weren’t able to capitalize. Regardless of what they did offensively, for us as a group and a unit and a lineup and the guys that we have and what we’ve been doing all year, to score only two runs in each game. … They just played better. There’s no other way of putting it. We fell short and we didn’t capitalize on the few opportunities that we had. We’re here now.”

Only the bullpen performed up to its regular-season standard, holding Games 2 and 3 close with 7⅓ scoreless innings in Game 2 and 5⅓ scoreless innings in Game 3.

Out of it after the first innings of Games 1 and 2, the Dodgers at least stayed in this one until the third inning.

Lynn held the Diamondbacks scoreless for the first two – the only two innings in this series during which the Dodgers didn’t trail by multiple runs.

But he gave up a leadoff home run to Geraldo Perdomo in the third inning and another homer to Ketel Marte two batters later.

It was hardly shocking. Lynn led the majors with 44 home runs allowed during the regular season But he gave up another home run to Christian Walker two batters after Marte’s 428-foot shot.

When Gabriel Moreno followed by sending a 2-and-1 fastball from Lynn into the Dodgers’ bullpen, it was briefly ruled a home run. A replay review overruled that – so Moreno hit Lynn’s next pitch 420 feet into the center field seats, taking the foul poles out of play.

“I got behind in counts and they made me pay. Plain and simple, and that’s what they’ve been doing all series,” Lynn said.

It was the first time in postseason history that a team has hit four home runs in one inning and Roberts watched all 1,626 feet of home runs before pulling Lynn.

“You’ve got two outs and a low pitch count, and you figure that this run of right-handed hitters, you’ve got to be able to navigate it somewhat with two outs, nobody on base (after Walker’s homer),” Roberts said. “Then two homers later you’re down 4-0.

“I had some guys ready (in the bullpen). Obviously, I can’t predict the future. I try not to be reactionary and get ahead of things. I just can’t predict the future. The way he was throwing the baseball, I didn’t expect that.”

No one in the Dodgers’ clubhouse expected to be packing up for the winter so soon. But there they were, winners of 211 games over the past two regular seasons but just one in two postseason series.

“We just didn’t play well. It’s as simple as that,” utility man Chris Taylor said of the back-to-back postseason failures. “I don’t think there’s a magic answer. It’s not like, ‘Oh, if we did this, we would’ve (won).’

“At the end of the day, they played better than we did. When you get to this late in the season, usually the hot team wins. They’re feeling good right now. They’re playing the best baseball they’ve played all year, I think. And we were probably playing our worst baseball we’ve played all year.”

Count ’em!

The @Dbacks are the first team in MLB history to hit FOUR homers in a single #Postseason inning! pic.twitter.com/gW89bANgtu

— MLB (@MLB) October 12, 2023

Gabriel Moreno made sure his next swing was VERY fair! #Postseason pic.twitter.com/nBX1RYx6wb

— MLB (@MLB) October 12, 2023

“You can point to a million different things, but at the end of the day, you gotta play well.” @mookiebetts speaks on his struggles and the relationships created this season. pic.twitter.com/L8A1QBiJpJ

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 12, 2023

“It’s hard to find words right now… me and a lot of us didn’t play the way we wanted to.” –@FreddieFreeman5 pic.twitter.com/ouvmmq5h4X

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 12, 2023

Dave Roberts tips his hat to the Diamondbacks and reflects on the #Dodgers’ performance in the postseason. pic.twitter.com/t73XRsgftO

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 12, 2023

“Obviously, it’s just a disappointing end.” Clayton Kershaw speaks on his emotions after tonight’s loss. pic.twitter.com/t1DcYaufxA

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 12, 2023

The @Dbacks beat LA. #Postseason

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— MLB (@MLB) October 12, 2023

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