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Diamondbacks rout Dodgers, losers of six in row

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PHOENIX -- One at-bat by Tony Clark on Friday night exemplified everything that's gone right this season for Arizona, and everything that's gone wrong lately for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Given new life after the Dodgers misplayed what should have been an easy pop foul out with two outs in the third inning, Clark tied the game with a two-run, opposite field homer to left.

The NL West-leading Diamondbacks went on to hand the Dodgers their sixth straight loss, 12-3.

"You don't give TC second chances," Arizona's Mark Reynolds said.

Clark -- an old-timer among a roster full of youngsters -- drove in four runs altogether.

"I'm glad to be in the middle of it," Clark said, "but any given night anybody can be in the middle of it."

Arizona's lead in the NL West climbed to 1½ games over second-place San Diego, which lost 2-1 in 14 innings to Colorado.

Chris Young and Reynolds also hit two-run homers as Arizona scored 11 in a row after falling behind 3-1. Augie Ojeda tripled and doubled, scoring both times in the Diamondbacks' third victory in a row and fourth in five games.

"We've got an outstanding group of guys, who happen to be young, and yet happen to be very talented," Clark said. "The combination platter has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of."

The third inning miscue occurred when Clark hit a high pop foul off third base. Nomar Garciaparra moved in place for what should have been a routine catch but was called off by shortstop Tony Abreu at the last minute.

Garciaparra ducked, and the ball hit the ground between the two players. Moments later, Clark hit his 16th home run of the season and it was tied.

"Recently, whenever we have made mistakes, we've had to pay severely for them," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said. "That's just the way it goes when things are happening for your club like they are right now."

As Clark rounded the bases, Garciaparra glared at the young Abreu. The Dodgers clubhouse was closed for 30 minutes after the game for a team meeting.

When a reporter asked about the subject of the meeting, Little said, "We would have invited you to the meeting if we wanted you to know what it was about."

The Dodgers have allowed 36 runs in their last four games, a rough ending for a team that was picked by many to win the division.

"It's a lot of frustration, understandably so," Little said. "But it's like everything else in life, you deal with it."

With the Dodgers clearly out of it, Little said he would field some different lineups in the remaining games.

Clark also drove in a run with a ground out in the first and had an RBI single in Arizona's four-run sixth.

"He's been pretty good for us every time we've plugged him in in big games," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "He's always in a prominent spot in the lineup. We get a lot of stability from him, a presence from him, a lot of production from him."

Ex-Diamondback Luis Gonzalez earned his 2,500th career hit with a line shot single off the first baseman Clark in the seventh. Even though Gonzalez was the most popular player in Diamondbacks' history and holds virtually all the franchise offensive records, there was no recognition on the big video screen or the public address system.

"Orlando Hudson, a couple of guys over there acknowledged me," Gonzalez said. "And some of the fans. I played here a long time."

Livan Hernandez (11-10) gave up three runs and 10 hits in six innings and had an RBI single.

Los Angeles starter Esteban Loaiza (1-3) retired the first two batters in the fourth before Ojeda tripled to the left-center gap. Hernandez's soft single to left brought home Ojeda for a 4-3 Arizona lead, then Young lined an 0-2 pitch into the left field stands. The rookie's 31st home run of the season put the Diamondbacks up 6-3.

Six hits and two walks led to four Arizona runs in the sixth, and the rout was on.

The Dodgers got the leadoff batter on base in each of the first three innings and scored a run each time to go up 3-1.

Jeff Kent, who complained about some of the Dodgers' work habits after Thursday night's loss at Colorado, was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Notes

  • A dust storm swirled through the stadium in the second inning. The Chase Field roof was closed in the top of the fourth, after the storm had passed.
  • SS Rafael Furcal was out of the Dodgers' lineup for the fourth game in a row because of a sore lower back.
 
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Jeff Salazar greets Tony Clark at home plate after Clark rips a two-run homer in the third inning. (AP)
Jeff Salazar greets Tony Clark at home plate after Clark rips a two-run homer in the third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

T. Clark
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, CF4110010 .292
Tony Abreu, SS-2B4011000 .266
James Loney, 1B5020003 .325
Jeff Kent, 2B4131000 .301
    Andy LaRoche, 3B1000002 .210
Luis Gonzalez, LF4010005 .277
    Chin-lung Hu, SS1000012 .333
Russell Martin, C3010101 .298
    Chad Moeller, C0000000 .167
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B3021003 .284
    Matt Kemp, RF1000000 .337
Andre Ethier, RF-LF4110003 .289
Esteban Loaiza, P1000002 .167
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000000 .389
    Eric Stults, P0000000 .364
    D.J. Houlton, P0000000 .000
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000000 .187
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
Totals37312312  
a-lined out for Seanez in the 6th
b-grounded out for Houlton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (30, Hernandez)
SH - Esteban Loaiza (2)
RBI - Tony Abreu (14), Jeff Kent (79), Nomar Garciaparra (59)
SB - Juan Pierre (61, 2nd base off Hernandez/Montero)
Team LOB - 11
Los Angeles Dodgers
Esteban Loaiza (L,2-3) 4566212 5.61
Rudy Seanez 1100000 3.82
Eric Stults 0.1333100 5.13
D.J. Houlton 1.2311120 3.91
Roberto Hernandez 1122011 6.15
HBP - Young (by Esteban Loaiza), Byrnes (by Roberto Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Esteban Loaiza 71-46, Rudy Seanez 11-7, Eric Stults 17-7, D.J. Houlton 32-19, Roberto Hernandez 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esteban Loaiza 3-8, Rudy Seanez 1-2, Eric Stults 1-0, D.J. Houlton 1-1, Roberto Hernandez 2-0
Batters Faced - Esteban Loaiza 20, Rudy Seanez 4, Eric Stults 5, D.J. Houlton 8, Roberto Hernandez 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF3212100 .239
Jeff Salazar, RF-LF4221100 .273
Eric Byrnes, LF3210001 .290
    Bill Murphy, P0000000 .000
Tony Clark, 1B5134011 .249
Mark Reynolds, 3B5123002 .278
Stephen Drew, SS3000111 .228
   a- Alberto Callaspo, PH-2B1000000 .210
Miguel Montero, C1000100 .228
   b- Robby Hammock, PH-C2000013 .238
Augie Ojeda, 2B-SS4220001 .261
Livan Hernandez, P2111001 .205
   c- Jeff Cirillo, PH1111000 .254
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
   d- Carlos Quentin, PH1000010 .212
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Justin Upton, RF0000000 .232
Totals3512131244  
a-grounded out for Drew in the 8th
b-grounded out for Montero in the 6th
c-singled for Hernandez in the 6th
d-struck out for Wickman in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Reynolds (19, Houlton), Augie Ojeda (2, Stults)
3B - Augie Ojeda (2, Loaiza)
HR - Chris Young (31, Loaiza), Tony Clark (16, Loaiza), Mark Reynolds (16, Hernandez)
SH - Eric Byrnes (1)
RBI - Chris Young 2 (66), Jeff Salazar (9), Tony Clark 4 (50), Mark Reynolds 3 (60), Livan Hernandez (5), Jeff Cirillo (27)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young 2 (20), Tony Clark 3 (25), Mark Reynolds 3 (34), Livan Hernandez (3)
CS - Chris Young (6, 3rd base by Houlton/Martin)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Drew-Clark
Arizona Diamondbacks
Livan Hernandez (W,11-10) 61033110 4.85
Bob Wickman 1100000 3.70
Doug Slaten 1000000 2.29
Bill Murphy 1100010 6.23
HBP - Pierre (by Livan Hernandez), Abreu (by Bill Murphy)
WP - Bob Wickman (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 104-62, Bob Wickman 22-11, Doug Slaten 5-4, Bill Murphy 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 7-9, Bob Wickman 1-2, Doug Slaten 1-2, Bill Murphy 1-1
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 29, Bob Wickman 4, Doug Slaten 3, Bill Murphy 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37753
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Dan Iassogna