LOS ANGELES -- The son of a major league player and later a coach, Chris Johnson grew up in the clubhouse, learning his baseball lessons first-hand. Tread softly. Blend. Introduce yourself with your play.
A grand slam in your debut can crack the ice.
Johnson has never played in a pennant race, but he brought the Diamondbacks another game closer to one this season with his slam in the fifth inning, just six hours after he landed at LAX following his acquisition from the Astros on Sunday.
The D-backs beat the Dodgers 7-2, Johnson received a celebratory beer shower, Trevor Cahill had another strong road outing and the D-backs gained a game on the NL West co-leading Dodgers and Giants, who lost to the Mets in 10 innings.
The D-backs are 3 12 back in the division, as close as they have been since May 4, and have cut a 7 12-game deficit in half in eight days. They were four games behind the division-leading Giants at this time in 2011.
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