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Abreu's first career homer in 10th inning sparks Dodgers

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PHOENIX -- Tony Abreu had a nice surprise waiting for him when he returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse.

Two Arizona fans wanted to give Abreu the ball he had hit for his first major league homer -- a solo shot that lifted the Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks in 10 innings Tuesday night.

In exchange for his home run ball, Abreu traded an autographed ball and one of teammate Ramon Martinez' bats. Abreu, a rookie, doesn't have enough bats to give away one of his own.

"It's going to be a souvenir in my house," Abreu said through an interpreter. "It brings me a lot of joy. I'm just going to keep it there."

Abreu hit a 1-1 changeup from Doug Slaten (3-1) into the left field seats with two outs in the 10th.

"I left it over the plate, up," Slaten said. "It was right out there on a tee for him. He took advantage of it."

With the victory, the Dodgers took over first place in the tightly contested NL West, a half-game ahead of Arizona and San Diego. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks for the sixth time in seven games.

"Arizona is a balanced team," said closer Takashi Saito, who pitched the 10th for his 21st save in 22 chances. "They don't have many weaknesses, so tough games like today are always going to be the case."

Jonathan Broxton (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Rudy Seanez and Mark Hendrickson also pitched well as the Dodger bullpen shut out Arizona for six innings.

Despite the results to date, the Diamondbacks don't believe the Dodgers have their number.

"We know we're just as good as they are, and we know we can beat them," said Mark Reynolds, who hit one of three Arizona homers. "It just comes down to a key hit here, a key hit there. We just didn't do it tonight."

Abreu had been starting at third base recently, but he went to the bench Tuesday when manager Grady Little moved Nomar Garciaparra from first base to make room for hot-hitting rookie James Loney.

In his first start as the Dodgers' regular first baseman, Loney fell a triple shy of the cycle and drove in three runs. Loney hit a two-run homer in the second, an RBI double in the fourth and a single in the eighth.

"I'm just hitting them in the right spots," Loney said. "Definitely, when there are opportunities presented, you want to cash in."

Garciaparra started at third for the first time since 2005, when he was with the Chicago Cubs. He was 0-for-5 and struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Garciaparra is 4-for-23 on the Dodgers' 10-game road trip.

"Right now, he's having a tough time, but he will get through it," Little said.

Eric Byrnes, Chris Young and Reynolds each homered for the Diamondbacks.

Byrnes led off the first with his team-high 13th homer. Then Stephen Drew tripled and scored on Orlando Hudson's groundout to make it 2-0.

The Dodgers tied it in the second on a two-run homer by Loney, his third in 12 games since he was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Young hit his 11th homer in the second to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead.

Loney added an RBI double in the fourth, when the Dodgers scored three times to take a 5-3 lead. Starter Chad Billingsley drove in the other two runs with a double to the wall in right center field.

In the bottom of the inning, Reynolds hit a two-run homer to left, his fifth in 35 games since he was recalled from Double-A Mobile.

That made it 5-5, and that score stood until the 10th. The Diamondbacks didn't put another runner in scoring position after the fourth.

"Obviously, it's a tough game to lose, especially the way we started out scoring some runs," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We had some energy early, put some runs on the board. They had one more."

Gonzalez gave up five runs on six hits, walking two and striking out two.

Notes

  • Garciaparra played in his 1,265th game - and his 35th at third base.
  • Byrnes' leadoff homer was his third this year and the seventh of his career.
  • Gonzalez is expected to go to the bullpen when Randy Johnson returns to the rotation on Thursday.
 
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With two outs in the 10th, Tony Abreu slams a home run and the Dodgers leap into first place.   (AP)
With two outs in the 10th, Tony Abreu slams a home run and the Dodgers leap into first place. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

C. Tracy
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS6010011 .273
Juan Pierre, CF5010002 .274
Russell Martin, C5020001 .295
Jeff Kent, 2B5010012 .263
Luis Gonzalez, LF1210400 .297
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B5000027 .270
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
James Loney, 1B5233010 .471
Andre Ethier, RF3110101 .277
   a- Matt Kemp, PH-RF1000000 .423
Chad Billingsley, P2012000 .500
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   b- Wilson Betemit, PH1000011 .197
    Mark Hendrickson, P0000000 .000
   c- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000000 .226
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   d- Tony Abreu, PH-3B1111000 .278
Totals41612656  
a-flied out for Ethier in the 10th
b-struck out for Seanez in the 6th
c-flied out for Hendrickson in the 8th
d-homered for Broxton in the 10th
Batting
2B - Russell Martin (16, Cruz), James Loney (4, E. Gonzalez), Andre Ethier (14, Nippert), Chad Billingsley (1, E. Gonzalez)
HR - James Loney (3, E. Gonzalez), Tony Abreu (1, Slaten)
RBI - James Loney 3 (12), Chad Billingsley 2 (2), Tony Abreu (8)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (2), Chad Billingsley 2 (2), Tony Abreu (4)
SB - Juan Pierre (24, 2nd base off Lyon/Montero), Luis Gonzalez (4, 3rd base off E. Gonzalez/Montero)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Jeff Kent (10, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley 4455323 4.01
Rudy Seanez 1100000 3.53
Mark Hendrickson 2200040 4.27
Jonathan Broxton (W,3-2) 2100010 3.18
Takashi Saito (S,21) 1000010 1.41
HBP - Quentin (by Chad Billingsley)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 78-44, Rudy Seanez 19-13, Mark Hendrickson 32-24, Jonathan Broxton 16-11, Takashi Saito 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 6-5, Rudy Seanez 1-2, Jonathan Broxton 1-4, Takashi Saito 2-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 21, Rudy Seanez 4, Mark Hendrickson 8, Jonathan Broxton 7, Takashi Saito 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, LF4111113 .312
Stephen Drew, SS5110003 .234
Orlando Hudson, 2B5011012 .296
Conor Jackson, 1B5000021 .276
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
Chad Tracy, 3B4020000 .289
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Tony Clark, 1B1000000 .240
Chris Young, CF5111032 .246
Miguel Montero, C4000101 .218
Carlos Quentin, RF2110100 .213
Edgar Gonzalez, P1000002 .231
   a- Mark Reynolds, PH1112000 .288
    Dustin Nippert, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Hairston, PH1000011 .223
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Augie Ojeda, 3B1000000 .375
Totals3958538  
a-homered for E. Gonzalez in the 4th
b-struck out for Nippert in the 6th
Batting
3B - Stephen Drew (3, Billingsley)
HR - Eric Byrnes (13, Billingsley), Chris Young (11, Billingsley), Mark Reynolds (5, Billingsley)
RBI - Eric Byrnes (43), Orlando Hudson (43), Chris Young (29), Mark Reynolds 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds 2 (10)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Drew-Jackson
E - Miguel Montero (5, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
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Dustin Nippert 2100120 2.87
Juan Cruz 1100110 3.45
Randy Choate0100000 0.00
Brandon Lyon 2200110 2.09
Doug Slaten (L,3-1) 1111001 3.32
IBB - Ethier by Edgar Gonzalez, Gonzalez by Juan Cruz
WP - Edgar Gonzalez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Edgar Gonzalez 74-42, Dustin Nippert 23-16, Juan Cruz 19-10, Randy Choate 6-3, Brandon Lyon 22-15, Doug Slaten 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edgar Gonzalez 3-7, Dustin Nippert 2-2, Juan Cruz 2-0, Brandon Lyon 2-2
Batters Faced - Edgar Gonzalez 20, Dustin Nippert 8, Juan Cruz 5, Randy Choate 1, Brandon Lyon 8, Doug Slaten 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28734
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 104
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Derryl Cousins