LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig didn’t get a hit or make a spectacular throw on Tuesday night, but he might have changed the Dodgers’ season.
Less than three weeks ago, the Dodgers were said by their own manager to lack toughness. But there was no questioning their resolve in a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.
Puig was hit in the face by a 92-mph fastball by Ian Kennedy in the sixth inning, sparking an old-fashioned brawl in the seventh and setting the stage for an emotional comeback in the eighth. The decisive blow was landed by rookie catcher Tim Federowicz, who doubled in three runs to overcome a one-run deficit.
Ejected during the melee for delivering an overhand punch to the back of reserve infielder Eric Hinske’s head, Puig wasn’t in the dugout when newly appointed closer Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve the victory.
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