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Diamondbacks 10, Dodgers 8

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PHOENIX -- For the third time in five home games, the Arizona Diamondbacks overcame a deficit of six runs or more.

For the first time, they won the game.

Arizona spotted Los Angeles a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning Tuesday night, then rallied to beat the Dodgers 10-8. Chad Tracy's first career grand slam sparked a seven-run fifth inning as the Diamondbacks matched a club record by overcoming a six-run deficit to win.

"I'm kind of getting used to it," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "It's not the greatest feeling in the world. But something we've shown is that even though we get down big early, we have the propensity to come back."

The big early deficits and big comebacks are a testament to Arizona's spotty starting pitching and its potent batting order.

It was the second time in three games the Dodgers couldn't hold a big lead. They blew a 5-0 ninth-inning lead at San Diego on Sunday, losing 6-5 in 10 innings.

"It's a tough thing any time you score a lead like that," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said. "And it's something that we need to get out of our system because it gets old quickly when your offense comes to life out there, and whatever you give doesn't seem to be enough. It tends to be a long day."

J.D. Drew's two homers weren't enough to prevent the Dodgers' third straight loss.

The Diamondbacks had overcome a six-run deficit to win only once in franchise history -- against San Francisco on Sept. 15, 1998, the Diamondbacks' first season.

This year's team has overcome a deficit of six runs or more three times in two weeks. On April 17, the Diamondbacks lost 10-9 after rallying from a 7-0 deficit against San Francisco, and on April 20, they lost 9-7 after rallying from a 6-0 deficit against the Giants.

This time, they made sure they finished the job, although it wasn't easy.

On Tuesday night, the Diamondbacks fell behind 6-0 when Arizona starter Orlando Hernandez gave up six runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Frustrated by his team's sluggish hitting, Little shuffled his batting order. Little flipped his first and second hitters, putting center fielder Kenny Lofton in the leadoff slot and dropping Furcal to second. Furcal came into the game hitting .200.

Little also dropped second baseman Jeff Kent one slot, to fifth, while moving first baseman Nomar Garciaparra up two slots, to third. Right fielder Drew dropped from third in the order to clean up.

The moves had their desired effect as the Dodgers reached Hernandez for two runs in the first inning, three in the second and one in the fourth.

But it wasn't enough for Dodger starter Odalis Perez, who needed only seven batters in the fifth inning to blow the six-run lead. The Diamondbacks rallied with seven runs, one shy of the team record for runs in an inning.

"It's tough when you get up like that and they come back and sting you a little bit," said Dodger left fielder Andre Ethier, who made his big-league debut in his hometown.

The big blow was Tracy's first career grand slam, a towering 381-foot shot to right field off Perez.

"That ended up being fairly big," Melvin said.

Arizona watched its 7-6 lead disappear when Drew led off the seventh inning with a home run off Luis Vizcaino (1-2). But the Diamondbacks scored two in the bottom of the inning on singles by Craig Counsell and Eric Byrnes off rookie reliever Takashi Saito (2-1) and added another run in the eighth on a double by Shawn Green.

Green, who also homered, and Byrnes each contributed four hits to Arizona's 15-hit attack.

"It's a fun team to be a part of," Green said. "It's a fun offense."

Green robbed the Dodgers' Rafael Furcal of a possible game-tying homer in the eighth.

Green did all this despite suffering cramps in both calves. Melvin said he had considered lifting Green in the inning before he made the big catch.

"I ate a banana, drank some Gatorade to get some electrolytes," said Green, who has hit in eight straight games. "I was worried about having to run for a ball, but it was fine."

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth, allowing Drew's second homer of the game, for his seventh save.

Trailing 6-0 in the fourth, Melvin probably didn't think he'd have to summon his closer. But he's getting used to it.

"We'll probably go through enough of these to where we'll just keep battling until the end," Melvin said. "That was the case tonight."

Notes

Lofton scored for the ninth straight game, the team's longest streak this year. ... Dodgers LF Andre Ethier, a Phoenix native, doubled in the seventh inning for his first big-league hit. ... Arizona has scored eight runs in an innings four times.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Tracy
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Arizona

S. Green
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Kenny Lofton, CF5122012
Rafael Furcal, SS3111202
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4111103
J.D. Drew, RF5233002
Jeff Kent, 2B4010101
Andre Ethier, LF4010112
Oscar Robles, 3B2110101
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000001
    Takashi Saito, P0000000
    Tim Hamulack, P0000000
   b- Bill Mueller, PH1000011
Dioner Navarro, C4111002
   c- Sandy Alomar Jr., PH1000001
Odalis Perez, P2110000
    Ramon Martinez, 3B1010100
Totals3781387318 
a-grounded out for Beimel in the 7th
b-struck out for Hamulack in the 9th
c-flied out for Navarro in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (, Hernandez), Andre Ethier (, Vizcaino), Ramon Martinez (, Lyon)
3B - Kenny Lofton (, Hernandez), Nomar Garciaparra (, Hernandez), Oscar Robles (, Hernandez)
HR - J.D. Drew 2 (, Vizcaino, Valverde)
RBI - Kenny Lofton 2 (), Rafael Furcal (), Nomar Garciaparra (), J.D. Drew 3 (), Dioner Navarro ()
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal ()
SB - Kenny Lofton (, 2nd base off Hernandez/Snyder)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra, Kent-Garciaparra
E - Joe Beimel (, Missed catch)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Odalis Perez 4.1877322
Jonathan Broxton 0.1100210
Joe Beimel 1.1100000
Takashi Saito (L,-) 0.2322210
Tim Hamulack 1.1211010
Pitches-Strikes - Odalis Perez 70-45, Jonathan Broxton 20-7, Joe Beimel 12-8, Takashi Saito 33-17, Tim Hamulack 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odalis Perez 5-4, Joe Beimel 4-0, Takashi Saito 1-0, Tim Hamulack 1-2
Batters Faced - Odalis Perez 22, Jonathan Broxton 4, Joe Beimel 5, Takashi Saito 7, Tim Hamulack 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS5132010
Eric Byrnes, CF5141001
Chad Tracy, 3B5114015
Luis Gonzalez, LF4210101
Conor Jackson, 1B4111112
    Jose Valverde, P0000000
Shawn Green, RF4242100
Andy Green, 2B3110013
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000
   a- Tony Clark, PH-1B1000001
Chris Snyder, C2000313
Orlando Hernandez, P1000000
    Jason Grimsley, P1100001
   b- Jeff DaVanon, PH1000003
    Casey Daigle, P0000000
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000
   c- Orlando Hudson, PH-2B0000100
Totals361015107520 
a-popped out for Lyon in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Grimsley in the 5th
c-walked for Vizcaino in the 7th
Batting
2B - Eric Byrnes 2 (, O. Perez, Beimel), Luis Gonzalez (, Hamulack), Conor Jackson (, Broxton), Shawn Green (, Hamulack)
HR - Chad Tracy (, O. Perez), Shawn Green (, O. Perez)
SH - Andy Green ()
RBI - Craig Counsell 2 (), Eric Byrnes (), Chad Tracy 4 (), Conor Jackson (), Shawn Green 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Craig Counsell (), Eric Byrnes ()
SB - Shawn Green (, 2nd base off O. Perez/Navarro)
PK - Craig Counsell (, Beimel)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Tracy-Jackson, Green-Counsell-Jackson, Green-Counsell-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Orlando Hernandez 3.2966220
Jason Grimsley 1.1000200
Casey Daigle (H,) 1000200
Luis Vizcaino (BS,; W,-) 1211001
Brandon Lyon (H,) 1100000
Jose Valverde (S,) 1111111
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 84-55, Jason Grimsley 19-8, Casey Daigle 20-9, Luis Vizcaino 23-14, Brandon Lyon 15-11, Jose Valverde 26-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 4-4, Jason Grimsley 3-0, Casey Daigle 2-0, Luis Vizcaino 2-1, Brandon Lyon 1-2, Jose Valverde 1-1
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 21, Jason Grimsley 5, Casey Daigle 4, Luis Vizcaino 5, Brandon Lyon 4, Jose Valverde 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23216
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Larry Vanover