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Dodgers on roll, edge D-Backs for 10th win in 12 games

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PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers came to town in second place in the NL West.

They left in first place after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 Tuesday night, completing a two-game sweep.

Juan Pierre doubled and tripled and scored three runs to lead the Dodgers, who won for the 10th time in 12 games and have a 1½ game lead over the second-place Diamondbacks.

"It's still early in the season," Pierre said. "I think it's going to be a dogfight.

"We still haven't faced their top three (starting pitchers) with Randy (Johnson), Livan (Hernandez) and (Brandon) Webb," Pierre said. "But our pitching's been doing an excellent job by keeping us in the game, and we've been getting big hits at the end."

The speedy Pierre supplied the biggest hit. With the game tied at 4-4 in the seventh, Pierre tripled off Tony Pena (0-1) to drive in a run, then raced home on shortstop Alberto Callaspo's throwing error.

Pierre, who signed a $44-million, five-year contract last winter, went 4-for-9 with five runs and an RBI in the series.

"This is the most relaxed I've been all year," Pierre said.

For the second time in as many games, Pierre scored to give the Dodgers a 1-0 first inning lead. He reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Jeff Kent's double off the top of the wall near the 413-foot marker in left-center field. Kent went 3-for-4.

"He's finding out where he is, it looks like, and we're glad he's here," manager Grady Little said of Pierre.

A two-run lead was plenty for the Dodgers' efficient bullpen. The Dodgers no longer have Eric Gagne piling up saves, but they feel like it's game over when they take a late lead.

Chad Billingsley (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory, Jonathan Broxton shut out the Diamondbacks for an inning and Takashi Saito pitched the ninth for his sixth save and 16th straight dating to last season.

"You're never going to see them go out and self-destruct, and that's what makes them so valuable," Little said. "They've been doing an awfully good job, and it's all because of their aggressiveness in the strike zone."

The bullpen bailed out starter Brett Tomko, who gave up four runs, two of them earned, in five innings.

It took Tomko three batters to surrender a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Chris Young, then threw Chris Snyder's bouncer down the right field line, allowing Young to score all the way from first and Snyder to take second.

Arizona rookie starting pitcher Micah Owings then lined a single to center -- his first big-league hit and RBI -- to tie the game at 3-3. Owings came up limping on Callaspo's single. Owings reached third base and was removed for pinch-runner Robby Hammock, who scored the go-ahead run on Orlando Hudson's sacrifice fly.

Diamondback manager Bob Melvin said Owings had a mild strain of his right hamstring.

"I think it was shortly after I rounded second it just locked up on me," Owings said. "I didn't really feel a pop, hear a pop. It just cramped up on me. I was hoping to stay in. Unfortunately I wasn't able to."

Owings allowed three runs and four hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Manager Bob Melvin said there was a "fairly decent chance" Owings will make his next start.

Melvin had said the series was an early test for his young team. The Diamondbacks flunked but have 16 more meetings with Los Angeles.

"We feel like we can play with those guys," he said.

Notes

  • Kent's double was the 506th of his career, tying Babe Ruth for 39th place on the all-time doubles list.
  • Martin's fourth inning single stretched his hit streak to nine games, most by a Dodger this year.
  • Arizona 2B Orlando Hudson doubled and walked twice. He's reached base via hit or walk in all 15 games.
 
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Juan Pierre receives a warm reception in the dugout after his RBI triple in the seventh.  (AP)
Juan Pierre receives a warm reception in the dugout after his RBI triple in the seventh. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Quentin
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4010111 .190
Juan Pierre, CF5321002 .220
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B5011012 .296
Jeff Kent, 2B4131001 .280
Luis Gonzalez, LF2110202 .300
    Brady Clark, LF0000000 .308
Russell Martin, C4011012 .347
Andre Ethier, RF4000000 .242
Wilson Betemit, 3B2001000 .071
    Chad Billingsley, P0000000 .000
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000000 .167
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Brett Tomko, P2000011 .000
    Wilson Valdez, 3B1100000 .400
Totals3469534  
a-grounded out for Billingsley in the 8th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (2, Nippert), Nomar Garciaparra (6, Nippert), Jeff Kent (5, Owings)
3B - Juan Pierre (1, Pena)
SF - Wilson Betemit (2)
RBI - Juan Pierre (2), Nomar Garciaparra (11), Jeff Kent (9), Russell Martin (8), Wilson Betemit (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Kent (2)
SB - Wilson Valdez (1, 2nd base off Pena/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Tomko-Furcal-Garciaparra, Kent-Furcal-Garciaparra, Saito-Furcal
E - Rafael Furcal (1, Throwing), Brett Tomko (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brett Tomko 5842410 1.64
Chad Billingsley (W,1-0) 2100120 4.91
Jonathan Broxton (H,5) 1100010 0.00
Takashi Saito (S,6) 1100010 1.17
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 98-59, Chad Billingsley 37-21, Jonathan Broxton 13-9, Takashi Saito 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 5-8, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 26, Chad Billingsley 7, Jonathan Broxton 4, Takashi Saito 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, LF4010114 .286
Alberto Callaspo, SS5020021 .302
Orlando Hudson, 2B2011210 .393
Chad Tracy, 3B5000004 .226
Carlos Quentin, RF3120100 .571
Conor Jackson, 1B4020003 .227
Chris Young, CF4110003 .154
Chris Snyder, C2100111 .192
   a- Miguel Montero, PH-C1000000 .227
Micah Owings, P1012000 .250
    Robby Hammock, PR0100000 .250
    Dustin Nippert, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Hairston, PH1000000 .250
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
   c- Stephen Drew, PH1010000 .213
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
Totals33411355  
a-flied out for Snyder in the 8th
b-flied out for Nippert in the 6th
c-singled for Pena in the 8th
Batting
2B - Orlando Hudson (4, Saito), Carlos Quentin (3, Tomko), Conor Jackson 2 (3, Tomko, Tomko)
SF - Orlando Hudson (4), Micah Owings (1)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (9), Micah Owings 2 (2)
CS - Eric Byrnes (1, 2nd base by Billingsley/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Eric Byrnes 1
E - Alberto Callaspo (2, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings 4433230 2.93
Dustin Nippert 2311000 1.80
Tony Pena (L,0-1) 2222010 1.80
Brandon Medders 1000100 4.70
HBP - Valdez (by Tony Pena)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 75-45, Dustin Nippert 28-19, Tony Pena 28-20, Brandon Medders 13-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 6-3, Dustin Nippert 2-3, Tony Pena 3-2, Brandon Medders 1-2
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 18, Dustin Nippert 8, Tony Pena 9, Brandon Medders 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25735
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Brian Gorman