Arizona at Los Angeles

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Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3

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LOS ANGELES -- Thanks to Luis Gonzalez, the Arizona Diamondbacks made it seven wins in eight games.

Less than 10 minutes later, it became a rather meaningless victory.

"It's unfortunate we played well too late. It's over," Gonzalez said after his two-run homer in the eighth inning sent the Diamondbacks to a 4-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

"I think it's frustrating for every team in our division," he added. "Nobody jumped out and took hold of it."

When the game ended, the San Diego Padres (79-79) were close to completing a 9-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants to clinch the NL West championship.

The Diamondbacks were mathematically alive, albeit barely, when the day began.

"It is definitely a disappointment," said Chad Tracy, who homered and singled to drive in the first two Arizona runs. "We didn't accomplish our goal. Now, we're just going to go out and win for ourselves, play for pride, I guess."

With the Dodgers leading 3-2, Yhency Brazoban (4-10) walked Craig Counsell to open the eighth, and Gonzalez followed by hitting a 2-1 pitch into the right-center seats for his 24th homer.

Brandon Medders (3-1) worked a hitless seventh to earn the victory.

Tim Worrell pitched a scoreless eighth, and Jose Valverde retired the Dodgers in order in the ninth to earn his second save in two nights and 13th in 15 chances this season. Valverde has not allowed an earned run in 14 2/3 innings spanning his last 13 appearances.

"We did everything we could do tonight. We made the most of four hits," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "A leadoff walk followed by a home run, and then (Brazoban) settles down and mows down the next three."

The Diamondbacks have a seven-game winning streak against the Dodgers, and are 12-5 against them this year after going 3-16 against them last season.

The loss was the ninth in 12 games for the Dodgers, who need to win three of their last four games to avoid only their second 90-loss season since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. The 1992 team went 63-99.

Tracy hit his 26th homer off D.J. Houlton in the first and added a two-out RBI single in the third to give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead.

Arizona starter Shawn Estes retired 12 of his first 13 batters before suddenly losing command in the fifth. The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single by Dioner Navarro, and Estes hit pinch-hitter Mike Edwards with a pitch to force in a run.

Rookie Willy Aybar followed with a two-run single to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2. Estes, who failed for the third time to earn his 100th career victory, came out at that point after aggravating an injured left ankle that sidelined him for two months earlier in the season.

"It just hasn't felt right," Estes said. "It seems every day it hasn't gotten better. It hasn't gotten worse until I pitch. By the fifth inning, I couldn't push off it anymore."

Estes allowed three hits and three runs in 4 1/3 innings. Houlton gave up four hits and two runs in five innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter.

Dodgers left-hander Wilson Alvarez made the final appearance of his career in the seventh, but it was brief. The 35-year-old left-hander departed after Shawn Green, the only batter he faced, lined a single through the box that glanced off his pitching hand. X-rays of his ring and pinky fingers revealed no fractures.

"He embodies everything an L.A. Dodger should be -- professionalism, goodness, and special to his teammates," Jim Tracy said. "He's a consummate professional."

Alvarez, who had announced his retirement effective at season's end, said he thought his hand was broken when the ball hit him.

"Right now, that's it for me. I'm done, and I don't want to make a big deal out of it," he said.

Notes

Estes singled in the fifth for his second hit in 29 at-bats this season. ... Dodgers left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo struck out two batters in one scoreless inning of work, giving him nine strikeouts in five big league innings. ... Chad Tracy, who went 2-for-4, has hit safely in 10 straight games with 21 hits in 41 at-bats during the streak. ... The Dodgers have committed 102 errors this season - third-fewest in franchise history. Last year's team set the club record, making only 73 errors. ... Diamondbacks 3B Troy Glaus made a throwing error in the fifth to snap Arizona's club-record streak of 94 straight errorless innings.
 
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Arizona

L. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
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C. Tracy
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B3100102 .256
Luis Gonzalez, LF3122110 .272
Chad Tracy, RF-1B4122021 .309
Tony Clark, 1B4000043 .307
    Luis Terrero, CF0000000 .233
Troy Glaus, 3B4000011 .262
Shawn Green, CF-RF4010010 .288
Royce Clayton, SS4000010 .264
Chris Snyder, C3110100 .207
Shawn Estes, P1010000 .069
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .333
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH1000011 .226
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Tim Worrell, P0000000 .000
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Totals314743118 
a-struck out for Cormier in the 7th
Batting
2B - Luis Gonzalez (35, Kuo), Chris Snyder (14, Houlton)
HR - Luis Gonzalez (24, Brazoban), Chad Tracy (26, Houlton)
SH - Shawn Estes (2)
RBI - Luis Gonzalez 2 (78), Chad Tracy 2 (70)
2-OUT RBI - Chad Tracy 2 (21)
CS - Shawn Green (4, 2nd base by Osoria/Navarro)
Fielding
E - Troy Glaus (24, Wild throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Shawn Estes 4.1333240 4.80
Lance Cormier 1.2000030 5.17
Brandon Medders (W,3-1) 1000100 1.91
Tim Worrell (H,11) 1100010 4.30
Jose Valverde (S,13) 1000010 2.49
HBP - Edwards (by Shawn Estes)
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Estes 72-40, Lance Cormier 21-15, Brandon Medders 15-5, Tim Worrell 19-12, Jose Valverde 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Estes 4-5, Lance Cormier 2-0, Brandon Medders 2-1, Tim Worrell 2-0, Jose Valverde 2-0
Batters Faced - Shawn Estes 19, Lance Cormier 5, Brandon Medders 4, Tim Worrell 4, Jose Valverde 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Willy Aybar, 3B4012001 .360
Antonio Perez, SS3000001 .306
    Oscar Robles, SS1010000 .270
Jeff Kent, 2B4000013 .291
Olmedo Saenz, 1B4000021 .268
Jose Jr. Cruz, RF3100121 .256
Dioner Navarro, C4120000 .279
Jayson Werth, LF3000023 .239
   a- Brian Myrow, PH1000010 .231
Jason Repko, CF1100200 .224
   b- Ricky Ledee, PH1000000 .280
D.J. Houlton, P1000010 .100
   c- Mike Edwards, PH0001000 .245
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Wilson Alvarez, P0000000 .000
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .000
   d- Jose Valentin, PH1000001 .171
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
    Giovanni Carrara, P0000000 .000
Totals313433911 
a-struck out for Werth in the 9th
b-grounded out for Repko in the 9th
c-hit by pitch for Houlton in the 5th
d-flied out for Osoria in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Willy Aybar 2 (9), Mike Edwards (15)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Saenz-Perez-Houlton
Los Angeles Dodgers
D.J. Houlton 5422151 5.17
Hong-Chih Kuo (H,2) 1100020 5.40
Wilson Alvarez0100000 5.63
Franquelis Osoria (H,3) 1000110 3.90
Yhency Brazoban (BS,6; L,4-10) 1122121 5.38
Giovanni Carrara 1000010 4.01
Pitches-Strikes - D.J. Houlton 73-42, Hong-Chih Kuo 25-17, Wilson Alvarez 2-1, Franquelis Osoria 13-7, Yhency Brazoban 23-13, Giovanni Carrara 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D.J. Houlton 6-3, Franquelis Osoria 1-0, Giovanni Carrara 1-1
Batters Faced - D.J. Houlton 19, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, Wilson Alvarez 1, Franquelis Osoria 3, Yhency Brazoban 5, Giovanni Carrara 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46424
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Joe Brinkman, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Bill Miller