AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Dodgers keep playing the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks close, only to lose.
The Los Angeles bullpen collapsed again Wednesday night, with Brandon League giving up two hits that accounted for three runs in an 8-6 loss to Arizona.
League was demoted from the closer's role after giving up four runs over two-thirds of an inning in a 5-1 loss in the series opener on Monday.
"You've just got to keep grinding and stay as positive as possible," he said. "It stinks to know that you're not helping the team, and it's frustrating. But we have the day off tomorrow, so it's a good day to recollect and get back to basics."
Eight of the nine games between the teams this season have been decided by three runs or fewer. The Diamondbacks had 20 hits while improving to 7-2 against the last-place Dodgers, who fell 8
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