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Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 7

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PHOENIX -- Three days after his opening-day blunder led to a loss, Jose Valentin saved the day.

Pinch-hitting with two outs, Valentin hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run ninth inning that gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a wild 8-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Valentin's error on Tuesday led to a 4-2 loss in the opener in San Francisco. The Dodgers have won three in a row since, but excuse Valentin for not getting too excited. He's been around long enough to know how fleeting these moments are.

"It's a great feeling, especially when you get to be the hero," he said. "You've just got to enjoy this moment for a couple of hours and get your mind ready for tomorrow. Tomorrow's the next day, and anything can happen."

Troy Glaus put the Diamondbacks up 7-4 with a three-run homer in the eighth inning.

Arizona closer Brandon Lyon (0-1) struck out Olmedo Saenz leading off the ninth, then Antonio Perez reached on Glaus' error at third. Jason Phillips popped out, Ricky Ledee doubled in one run, and Cesar Izturis' RBI single cut the lead to 7-6.

Lyon got ahead 0-2 in the count against Valentin, who then homered to right to give the Dodgers the lead.

"It was a slider. It just kind of spun," Lyon said. "Obviously I didn't get the location I wanted to. He put a good swing on it and hit over the wall. You look at this game and we battled from inning one. It's a tough one to swallow, but we've got a new one tomorrow."

Because of Glaus' error, all four runs were unearned.

"I was just indecisive on it," Glaus said. "I initially thought to backhand it, then tried to get in front of it, and by then it was too late. I just flat kicked it. No better way to put it, just flat kicked it."

Yhency Brazoban, the Dodgers' closer in place of injured Eric Gagne, pitched a perfect ninth for his first major league save.

"That was a great baseball game," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said, "and it's also a tremendous character builder. What we witnessed tonight was something that was indicative of our ballclub during the course of the entire 2004 season -- that is that you didn't beat the Dodgers until you recorded all 27 outs."

The Dodgers led 4-2 after six innings but Jose Cruz Jr.'s two-run homer in the seventh tied it at four. Chad Tracy hit a solo homer for the Diamondbacks, and Saenz hit a two-run shot for Los Angeles.

With the score tied, Dodgers rookie Steve Schmoll (1-0) walked Craig Counsell leading off the eighth, then the runner advanced on Royce Clayton's sacrifice bunt. Luis Gonzalez was walked intentionally, and Glaus drove a 2-2 pitch into the left-field seats, his second homer of the season.

Arizona led the series opener 1-0 on Tracy's second-inning home run before Los Angeles scored four in the sixth, two on Saenz' homer and two on Jeff Kent's double.

But the Diamondbacks tied it with two in the seventh. Shawn Green drew a leadoff walk from Kelly Wunsch, then Buddy Carlyle came on and Cruz hit a 3-2 pitch into the right field seats to make it 4-4.

"As unbelievable as it feels, they were thinking the same thing when we scored in the bottom of the eighth," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "Cruz's home runs was huge, and Glaus' home run was huge, but they came back just as hard as we did."

Shawn Estes blanked the Dodgers on three hits through five innings. But in the sixth, Izturis and Jason Repko singled, and Kent doubled down the left field line to put Los Angeles up 2-1.

Glaus' slick fielding play at third on Milton Bradley's sharp grounder made it two outs, but Saenz hit a 2-0 pitch deep into the left field seats to make it 4-1. The inning ended when shortstop Clayton made a spectacular diving stab of Jason Phillips' line drive, holding up his glove to show the umpire he had caught the ball.

Ex-Diamondback Elmer Dessens had a solid outing for Los Angeles, allowing two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Notes

Brothers Bill and Tim Welke were umpires at the plate and first base. ... Clayton has hit into a double play in all four of Arizona's games. ... Tracy is batting .467 (7-for-15). ... Dodgers newcomer J.D. Drew was 0-for-4, including a deep drive that Cruz caught at the center field wall, and is 0-for-17 for the season.
 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Valentin
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

T. Glaus
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Cesar Izturis, SS5221001 .333
Jason Repko, LF-CF4110000 .231
   a- Jose Valentin, PH-3B1112000 .500
J.D. Drew, RF-CF4000122 .000
Jeff Kent, 1B4112101 .467
Milton Bradley, CF4010002 .294
    Stephen Schmoll, P0000000 .000
    Jason Grabowski, LF0000000 .000
Olmedo Saenz, 3B4112011 .500
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
Antonio Perez, 2B4120000 .400
Jason Phillips, C4010002 .250
Elmer Dessens, P2000012 .000
    Kelly Wunsch, P1000010 .000
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .000
    Ricky Ledee, LF-RF1111000 .500
Totals3881182511 
a-homered for Repko in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeff Kent (2, Estes), Jason Phillips (2, Estes), Ricky Ledee (1, Lyon)
HR - Jose Valentin (2, Lyon), Olmedo Saenz (1, Estes)
RBI - Cesar Izturis (3), Jose Valentin 2 (8), Jeff Kent 2 (3), Olmedo Saenz 2 (5), Ricky Ledee (1)
2-OUT RBI - Cesar Izturis (2), Jose Valentin 2 (2), Olmedo Saenz 2 (2), Ricky Ledee (1)
SB - Antonio Perez (1, 2nd base off Estes/Hill)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Kent, Saenz-Perez-Kent
Los Angeles Dodgers
Elmer Dessens 5.2422111 3.18
Kelly Wunsch (H,1) 0.1111100 4.50
Buddy Carlyle (BS,1) 1111011 5.40
Stephen Schmoll (W,1-0) 1133201 13.50
Yhency Brazoban (S,1) 1000000 13.50
IBB - Gonzalez by Stephen Schmoll
Pitches-Strikes - Elmer Dessens 66-46, Kelly Wunsch 9-5, Buddy Carlyle 20-14, Stephen Schmoll 21-10, Yhency Brazoban 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Elmer Dessens 9-5, Kelly Wunsch 1-0, Stephen Schmoll 1-2, Yhency Brazoban 1-2
Batters Faced - Elmer Dessens 20, Kelly Wunsch 3, Buddy Carlyle 4, Stephen Schmoll 6, Yhency Brazoban 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B3210101 .385
Royce Clayton, SS3000001 .133
Luis Gonzalez, LF2121200 .538
Troy Glaus, 3B4113013 .333
Shawn Green, RF3100100 .214
Jose Jr. Cruz, CF4112000 .267
Chad Tracy, 1B4111000 .467
Koyie Hill, C4000010 .125
Shawn Estes, P1000000 .000
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH10100001.000
    Brian Bruney, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Kata, PH1000000 .000
    Mike Koplove, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   c- Tony Clark, PH1000000 .250
Totals31777425 
a-singled for Estes in the 6th
b-flied out for Bruney in the 7th
c-grounded out for Lyon in the 9th
Batting
HR - Troy Glaus (2, Schmoll), Jose Jr. Cruz (2, Carlyle), Chad Tracy (1, Dessens)
SH - Royce Clayton (2)
RBI - Luis Gonzalez (5), Troy Glaus 3 (6), Jose Jr. Cruz 2 (7), Chad Tracy (2)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Gonzalez (2), Chad Tracy (1)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Clayton-Counsell-Tracy
E - Troy Glaus (1, misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Shawn Estes 6844131 6.00
Brian Bruney 1000010 3.00
Mike Koplove 1000000 2.08
Brandon Lyon (BS,1; L,0-1) 1340111 0.00
WP - Shawn Estes (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Estes 93-56, Brian Bruney 12-9, Mike Koplove 9-5, Brandon Lyon 31-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Estes 11-3, Mike Koplove 2-1, Brandon Lyon 2-1
Batters Faced - Shawn Estes 26, Brian Bruney 3, Mike Koplove 3, Brandon Lyon 8
Game Information
Attendance - 25813
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom