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Arizona's Davis gets win, singles twice two days before thyroid surgery

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PHOENIX -- Doug Davis dominated on the mound Tuesday night, then looked forward to a far tougher fight.

Pitching two days before his scheduled surgery for thyroid cancer, the Arizona left-hander allowed two runs in six innings and the Diamondbacks went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-5 for their fifth consecutive victory.

Davis blanked the Dodgers through five innings before Jeff Kent doubled in two runs in the sixth. Davis struck out the next two batters, then got Gary Bennett to ground out to get out of the jam.

He left to a standing ovation, tipping his hat to the crowd, then coming out of the dugout for a curtain call as the ovation continued.

"I just felt like I wanted to go out there and do well because I'm going to have a month off," Davis said. "I leave on a good note, that was the key. A quality start, that's what I take the most pride in. It was definitely emotional coming off the field, for sure."

He stayed in the dugout with his teammates to watch the rest of the game.

"Pretty heroic really," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said of Davis' performance. "I think he was a little more emotional today going into that game. It looked like he was a little more focused today. He knew this was going to be the last one for him, and he wanted to win bad, pretty impressive."

Davis (1-1), a .070 career hitter, even singled twice, one them bringing in a run for his seventh RBI. He also picked off a runner at first.

Arizona's Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer off Chad Billingsley in the first inning, his fourth home run in three games. Conor Jackson tripled with the bases loaded to blow the game open in the four-run seventh.

Davis had insisted on making his two scheduled starts before the operation on Thursday to remove his thyroid gland. He is optimistic about his recovery, saying he expects to be sidelined only four to six weeks.

"I'm going to try to pick up a ball three to four days afterward just to play catch," Davis said. "I don't know how much strength I'm going to have. We'll see how I feel."

He's targeted his return for the team's trip to Chicago from May 9-11.

His mother fully recovered from the same surgery.

"It's 97 percent recovery," Davis said. "I'm a big numbers guy in baseball and that's a big number in my life, too."

As Davis left the field, Kent told him "best of luck to you and God bless."

He heard similar comments of support from Bennett and all four umpires. That adds to the many e-mails, cards and letters of support he's gotten from fans.

"A lot of experiences of having thyroid cancer and being a survivor of it," Davis said, "even one from a 94-year-old woman that said she had it. She's 94 and healthy as ever."

Davis, who informed Melvin of his cancer on March 27, allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked two. He threw 103 pitches, 62 strikes.

Billingsley (0-1) struggled with his control and lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits. He struck out one, walked three and hit two batters.

"I didn't have pretty much anything," Billingsley said. "Obviously, I was struggling with my command. It was one of those days when nothing was there."

Billingsley retired the first two batters in the opening inning, but Orlando Hudson bounced a line drive over the wall in left-center for a ground-rule double, then Jackson was hit by a pitch.

That brought up Reynolds, who lined a 3-2 fastball onto the porch in left center, a 428-foot shot that made it 3-0. Reynolds homered twice, including a 455-footer, in Arizona's 9-3 victory over Los Angeles Monday night in the Diamondbacks' home opener.

Reynolds leads the majors with 12 RBI.

Arizona scored two more and ended Billingsley's night in the third. Justin Upton's bases-loaded sacrifice fly brought in one run, then Davis singled in another.

Matt Kemp, 3-for-4 on the night, tripled to lead off the Dodgers' sixth, then Andre Ethier walked. Kent brought both of them home, but was stranded when Davis fanned James Loney and Andruw Jones, and Bennett bounced out to third.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre called it "a horrible night."

"It was one we need to get out of our system quick," he said.

Notes

  • Arizona tied a franchise record with four hit batters -- Jackson was hit twice and Chris Snyder twice.
  • Bennett started at catcher in his first appearance of the season.
  • After signing a six-year, $28 million contract extension earlier in the day, Arizona's Chris Young 0-for-6.
 
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Doug Davis tips his hat as he leaves the field, two days before his scheduled surgery for thyroid cancer.  (AP)
Doug Davis tips his hat as he leaves the field, two days before his scheduled surgery for thyroid cancer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Reynolds
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4110122 .387
Matt Kemp, RF5130011 .273
Andre Ethier, LF3101103 .276
Jeff Kent, 2B4122111 .280
James Loney, 1B5120023 .367
Andruw Jones, CF3000112 .103
Gary Bennett, C3000003 .000
   a- Russell Martin, PH-C1000012 .120
Blake Dewitt, 3B4022011 .280
Chad Billingsley, P1000001 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P10100001.000
   b- Delwyn Young, PH1000000 .200
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark Sweeney, PH1000001 .200
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals36511549  
a-struck out for Bennett in the 8th
b-grounded out for Kuo in the 7th
c-grounded out for Troncoso in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (4, Petit), Jeff Kent (2, Davis), Blake Dewitt (2, Medders)
3B - Matt Kemp (1, Davis)
SF - Andre Ethier (2)
RBI - Andre Ethier (4), Jeff Kent 2 (6), Blake Dewitt 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Blake Dewitt 2 (2)
PK - Blake Dewitt (1, Davis)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Dewitt-Loney
E - Rafael Furcal (3, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (L,0-1) 2.1554311 9.64
Hong-Chih Kuo 3.2300150 0.00
Ramon Troncoso 1244200 7.71
Jonathan Broxton 1211030 2.70
HBP - Jackson (by Chad Billingsley), Snyder (by Chad Billingsley), Jackson (by Hong-Chih Kuo), Snyder (by Ramon Troncoso)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 70-32, Hong-Chih Kuo 62-40, Ramon Troncoso 30-14, Jonathan Broxton 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 3-4, Hong-Chih Kuo 4-1, Ramon Troncoso 1-2
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 18, Hong-Chih Kuo 15, Ramon Troncoso 8, Jonathan Broxton 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF6000038 .212
Eric Byrnes, LF3110212 .206
Orlando Hudson, 2B4211104 .294
Conor Jackson, 1B3223000 .350
Mark Reynolds, 3B5223014 .344
Stephen Drew, SS5120023 .258
Justin Upton, RF2001211 .367
Chris Snyder, C2100111 .095
Doug Davis, P2021000 .667
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Salazar, PH1110000 .500
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
   b- Alex Romero, PH10110001.000
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .000
Totals3410121069  
a-singled for Slaten in the 7th
b-singled for Pena in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eric Byrnes (3, Kuo), Orlando Hudson (2, Billingsley)
3B - Conor Jackson (1, Troncoso), Stephen Drew (1, Broxton)
HR - Mark Reynolds (5, Billingsley)
SF - Justin Upton (1)
SH - Doug Davis (1)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (6), Conor Jackson 3 (5), Mark Reynolds 3 (12), Justin Upton (4), Doug Davis (1), Alex Romero (3)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson (2), Conor Jackson 3 (4), Mark Reynolds 3 (6), Alex Romero (2)
Team LOB - 12
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis (W,1-1) 6622270 3.72
Juan Cruz (H,1) 0.2100100 0.00
Doug Slaten (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Brandon Medders 0.2222110 4.91
Tony Pena 0.1000000 0.00
Yusmeiro Petit 1211010 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 101-60, Juan Cruz 16-8, Doug Slaten 1-1, Brandon Medders 20-10, Tony Pena 4-2, Yusmeiro Petit 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 4-6, Juan Cruz 1-1, Brandon Medders 1-0, Tony Pena 1-0
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 25, Juan Cruz 4, Doug Slaten 1, Brandon Medders 5, Tony Pena 1, Yusmeiro Petit 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28973
Game Time - 3:36
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Dale Scott