Los Angeles at Arizona

L.A. Dodgers
W: K. Wunsch (1-0) L: J. Valverde (1-2)
S: E. Gagne (2)
HR: LA - J. Kent (9), O. Saenz (4)   ARI - J. Cruz (5), T. Clark (5)

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

PHOENIX -- For the first time in almost a month, the Los Angeles Dodgers are on a winning streak, even if it's just two games.

Jeff Kent hit his 12th career grand slam and Olmedo Saenz added a two-run shot to lead the Dodgers to a 7-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

The Dodgers have won consecutive games for the first time since May 1, a span of 23 games.

"We're better than that," said Eric Gagne, who earned his first two saves of the season in the last two victories. "We need to show it. We need to come here tomorrow and get another one."

Arizona's Tony Clark tied the game 4-4 with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning. But reliever Jose Valverde (1-2) walked Milton Bradley leading off the eighth, and with one out, Saenz hit a 1-2 pitch into the Arizona bullpen in left field to put the Dodgers back in front for good.

Gagne, who missed the first 35 games because of a sprained right elbow, pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in as many nights. It was his sixth appearance, but only second save opportunity.

"I don't care if it's a save situation or not for me right now," Gagne said. "It's just a matter of getting back in shape, getting back to game situations where I need to control my body and control my emotions."

Kent's slam also went into the bullpen, a line drive just over the fence down the line on the first pitch he saw from Shawn Estes in the third inning to give Los Angeles a 4-2 lead.

Jose Cruz Jr. hit a two-run home run for the Diamondbacks.

After a tough stretch of injuries, the Dodgers have gotten consecutive strong outings from starters Brad Penney and Derek Lowe, and they have Gagne approaching his old form.

"We finally, almost 50 games into the season, have those pieces in place," manager Jim Tracy said.

With the Dodgers leading 4-2 and two outs in the seventh inning, Koyie Hill singled, and Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy lifted Lowe. Left-hander Kelly Wunsch came in to force Clark, a switch hitter, to hit from the right side. On Wunsch's first pitch, Clark homered into the left field seats to tie it at 4-4.

Tracy explained the decision to remove Lowe.

"We got a guy out there that's pitched a terrific game. He's close to 100 pitches. He's completely saturated," Tracy said. "Tony Clark is hitting 145 points higher from the left side than he is the right side.

"He has no home runs thus far this year from the right side. He has three hits off Derek Lowe, two of which are home runs. You know, it's a move that you've got to make."

Clark has two pinch-hit home runs this season, and has 23 RBI in just 73 at-bats.

Although he gave up the tying homer and got just one out, Wunsch (1-0) got the victory.

Arizona has lost four of six after winning eight of 10.

"We went through it earlier in the year, too, and we've gone through it lately with the bullpen," manager Bob Melvin said, "and we have to find a way to tighten it up."

The Diamondbacks scored twice before the first out of the game. Craig Counsell led off with a single, then moved to third when Lowe was called for two balks. Cruz followed with a home run over the swimming pool in right-center field to make it 2-0. It was Cruz's fifth homer of the season.

Two walks by Estes set up Kent's slam. Perez led off with a single, then Cesar Izturis and Jayson Werth drew one-out walks to load the bases. Bradley flew out to left for the second out to bring up Kent, whose homer was his ninth of the season.

Both center fielders made tough catches. The Dodgers' Bradley caught one over his shoulder running toward the wall off Hill in the second. Arizona's Cruz made a diving catch of Bradley's blooper to save a run in the fourth.


The Bank One Ballpark roof was closed after eight innings because of a dust storm. ... In his last appearance in Arizona, Lowe was hit near the elbow with a line drive and had to leave the game. He took another line shot, this one from Alex Cintron, on Friday night. But it hit the pitcher in his backside and he chased the ball down and threw the batter out. ... Estes got his first career stolen base. It was the fourth by a pitcher in franchise history. ... Estes and Lowe were roommates in Seattle. ... After the game, the Dodgers optioned RHP Buddy Carlyle to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for LHP Derek Thompson, who will start Saturday night's game.

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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
Los Angeles

O. Saenz
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Los Angeles Dodgers
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Jayson Werth, LF4100113 .200
Milton Bradley, CF4110104 .306
Jeff Kent, 2B3114102 .262
Olmedo Saenz, 1B3112101 .333
J.D. Drew, RF4120001 .253
Jason Phillips, C4000013 .277
Antonio Perez, 3B4121000 .481
Derek Lowe, P2010000 .174
    Kelly Wunsch, P0000000 .000
   a- Ricky Ledee, PH1000001 .295
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
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2B - J.D. Drew 2 (9, Estes, Valverde), Derek Lowe (1, Estes)
HR - Jeff Kent (9, Estes), Olmedo Saenz (4, Valverde)
SH - Derek Lowe (5)
RBI - Jeff Kent 4 (38), Olmedo Saenz 2 (20), Antonio Perez (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Kent 4 (12), Antonio Perez (3)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Izturis-Kent-Saenz, Izturis-Saenz
E - Antonio Perez 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
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Eric Gagne (S,2) 1000010 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 94-61, Kelly Wunsch 15-8, Yhency Brazoban 19-12, Eric Gagne 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 10-5, Yhency Brazoban 2-1, Eric Gagne 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 26, Kelly Wunsch 4, Yhency Brazoban 4, Eric Gagne 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B4120101 .315
Jose Cruz Jr., CF3112101 .258
Luis Gonzalez, LF4010012 .303
Troy Glaus, 3B4000011 .267
Shawn Green, RF4020011 .261
Chad Tracy, 1B4000013 .269
Alex Cintron, SS4000022 .264
Koyie Hill, C4110011 .212
Shawn Estes, P2000000 .000
    Mike Koplove, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Clark, PH1112000 .315
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
    Kerry Ligtenberg, P0000000 .000
   b- Quinton McCracken, PH1000000 .207
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b-popped out for Ligtenberg in the 9th
2B - Craig Counsell (15, Wunsch), Shawn Green 2 (11, Lowe, Lowe)
HR - Jose Cruz Jr. (5, Lowe), Tony Clark (5, Wunsch)
RBI - Jose Cruz Jr. 2 (14), Tony Clark 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Clark 2 (11)
SB - Shawn Estes (1, 2nd base off Lowe/Phillips)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Cintron-Counsell-Tracy, Estes-Counsell-Tracy, Cintron-Counsell-Tracy
PB - Koyie Hill 2 (3)
E - Alex Cintron (2, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Estes 7-7, Mike Koplove 2-1
Batters Faced - Shawn Estes 25, Mike Koplove 4, Jose Valverde 7, Kerry Ligtenberg 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26601
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Terry Craft, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez