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Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1

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PHOENIX -- If this was Javier Vazquez's last home start for the Arizona Diamondbacks, he made it a good one.

Vazquez allowed four hits through 7 2/3 innings and the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Vazquez, who came to Arizona as part of the Randy Johnson deal with the Yankees, has a clause in his contract that allows him to demand a trade after this season. If the demand is not met, he can become a free agent.

"In the offseason I'll meet with my family and see what I want to do," he said.

Chad Tracy was 2-for-3 with a double and scored twice in Arizona's eighth victory in 13 games against the Dodgers. Alex Cintron drove in two runs with a single for the Diamondbacks, while Luis Gonzalez had a run-scoring single and Tony Clark added a sacrifice fly.

Vazquez (11-15) blanked the Dodgers until Jeff Kent hit his 28th home run leading off the seventh. He struck out seven and walked one in his first victory in a month and second in his last 10 starts.

"This year I've lost a lot of games that I've pitched all right," he said. "Sometimes you get one of those years, you know."

Vazquez called it "an up-and-down year. It's not what I wanted but I think I've thrown more good games than bad games."

He had not pitched in a week as manager Bob Melvin went with a six-man rotation.

"His velocity was up again today," Melvin said. "I saw 96 (mph) up there once, a few 95s. There are very few guys in the National League that will tell you they enjoy facing him."

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

The Diamondbacks jumped on Derek Lowe for three runs in the first inning. Counsell and Tracy singled, then Gonzalez walked to load the bases. Clark hit the sacrifice fly, then, after Troy Glaus walked, Cintron drove in two more with the two-out hit.

"It definitely came down to Cintron's at-bat," Lowe said. "Even though I threw an enormous amount of pitches there was still an opportunity to get out of the inning."

Lowe (11-14) threw 50 pitches in the first inning and left after three, matching his shortest outing of the season. Lowe, 3-0 in his previous four starts, allowed three runs and six hits.

"It's tough for a whole team when a starting pitcher throws that many pitches," he said. "It kind of takes the air out of your balloon. When guys are standing out there for 90 pitches, it kind of takes the whole momentum and puts it on their side, even though it's only 3-0."

Arizona made it 4-0 in the fourth when Tracy doubled off Edwin Jackson with two outs and Gonzalez bounced a single up the middle to score him.

Vazquez retired nine straight before Kent homered to left on a 3-2 pitch to make it 4-1.

Vazquez walked Jayson Werth with one out in the eighth and after pinch-hitter Brian Myrow lined out, Willy Aybar singled. Tim Worrell relieved and got Oscar Robles to fly out.

"Our bullpen was very impressive and they were all kids," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said of the three relievers who allowed one run and three hits in five innings. "We had the tying run at the plate with two outs in the eighth. It would have been interesting if we had got Jeff Kent up there with the bases loaded and/or a run in. I've found myself mentioning that a few times this year."

Notes

Dodgers C Dioner Navarro returned to Los Angeles because of the illness of his newborn son Dioner Jr. ... Los Angeles OF J.D. Drew underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist and right shoulder on Tuesday. ... Lowe's other three-inning stint also was at Arizona, in a 7-5 loss on July 2. ... The Diamondbacks will unveil a new name for Bank One Ballpark on Friday. The change is necessary because Chase Bank has acquired Bank One. ... Dodgers left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo struck out five in two innings.m ... Shawn Green had a 13-pitch at-bat against Lowe in the first.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

J. Vazquez
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 7
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Willy Aybar, 3B4010010 .341
Oscar Robles, SS4010012 .273
Jeff Kent, 2B4111001 .295
Olmedo Saenz, 1B4010021 .274
Jose Jr. Cruz, RF4000012 .243
Mike Edwards, LF3010000 .260
   a- Ricky Ledee, PH1000001 .283
Jason Phillips, C3000001 .236
Jayson Werth, CF2000100 .245
Derek Lowe, P1000010 .161
    Edwin Jackson, P0000000 .167
   b- Hee Seop Choi, PH1000010 .253
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
   c- Brian Myrow, PH1000001 .250
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals32151179 
a-grounded out for Edwards in the 9th
b-struck out for Jackson in the 6th
c-flied out for Kuo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Olmedo Saenz (24, Valverde)
HR - Jeff Kent (28, Vazquez)
RBI - Jeff Kent (101)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (L,11-14) 3633220 3.65
Edwin Jackson 2311010 8.84
Hong-Chih Kuo 2000150 11.57
Jonathan Broxton 1000020 6.23
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 92-60, Edwin Jackson 33-21, Hong-Chih Kuo 35-23, Jonathan Broxton 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 3-4, Edwin Jackson 1-4
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 17, Edwin Jackson 9, Hong-Chih Kuo 7, Jonathan Broxton 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B4120010 .262
Chad Tracy, RF3220102 .301
    Luis Terrero, CF0000000 .239
Luis Gonzalez, LF3111123 .266
Tony Clark, 1B3001023 .310
Troy Glaus, 3B3020110 .264
Shawn Green, CF-RF4000004 .292
Alex Cintron, SS4012002 .272
Kelly Stinnett, C4000024 .267
Javier Vazquez, P3010010 .224
    Tim Worrell, P0000000 .000
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH1000010 .233
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Totals3249431018 
a-struck out for Worrell in the 8th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (32, Lowe), Chad Tracy (29, Jackson)
SF - Tony Clark (5)
RBI - Luis Gonzalez (73), Tony Clark (83), Alex Cintron 2 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Gonzalez (19), Alex Cintron 2 (17)
Team LOB - 8
Arizona Diamondbacks
Javier Vazquez (W,11-15) 7.2411171 4.57
Tim Worrell (H,9) 0.1000000 4.83
Jose Valverde (S,9) 1100000 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 122-75, Tim Worrell 3-2, Jose Valverde 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 8-8, Jose Valverde 3-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 28, Tim Worrell 1, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23907
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Mark Carlson