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Byrnes breaks it open as D-Backs sweep punchless Dodgers

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PHOENIX -- Arizona can still win the close ones, too.

The Diamondbacks stretched their winning streak to six games on Wednesday with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Eric Byrnes hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh-inning off Hiroki Kuroda and Micah Owings (2-0) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings as the Diamondbacks finished a three-game sweep of the Dodgers.

"We've been scoring some runs and getting some early leads," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "Today, a little bit different. They got the lead early on and had some momentum, then we got the big hit."

All six victories in the streak have come against NL West foes. Arizona swept three at Colorado before their home-opening series against Los Angeles.

The Diamondbacks used power hitting to beat the Dodgers 9-3 and 10-5 in the series' first two games. This time, Arizona looked like the team that went 32-20 in one-run games a year ago.

"It's a scrappy team that happens to be able to hit some home runs, too," Byrnes said. "I know we hit a lot of home runs in those first two games, but I think the greatest thing about this team is we can win games in different fashions."

Brandon Lyon, who had blown his prior two save chances, retired the side in order in the ninth for his second save, although he got a scare when Blake Dewitt flied out to the left field wall.

Byrnes, who went 3-for-5, ended Kuroda's afternoon with a two-out, bases-loaded single that brought in the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth. Byrnes' hit came on Kuroda's first pitch.

"Amazing stuff," Byrnes said of the Japanese pitcher. "But the one thing we tried to take advantage of was how many strikes that he was throwing. I know in my approach I wasn't going to wait around."

Kuroda called the pitch to Byrnes his biggest mistake of the day.

"Although I allowed too many hits today, there weren't many hits I thought that really got the sweet spot of the bat," Kuroda said through an interpreter.

In his first start of the season, Arizona's Augie Ojeda matched his career best with three hits, one a double.

Kuroda (1-1), in his second start since coming to the Dodgers from Japan, gave up four runs -- two earned -- and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

James Loney helped make up for his earlier error at first base with his first home run of the season, a solo shot that barely cleared the fence in right field, evading Justin Upton's glove, to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead in the sixth. Loney extended his hitting streak to a career-best nine games.

With his relief corps a bit worn down, Melvin said the team needed the seven solid innings from Owings, who started the streak with a win in Colorado.

"I thought he was pretty sharp," Melvin said. "There were times when he might not have the command that he did in Colorado, but boy, to give seven innings there when our bullpen was not full up down there, those guys know it."

Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said that it's important that his struggling young hitters not lose confidence.

"Whether it's a child you have in your house or someone that you hire to do your lawn, there's something about youngsters that they lack a little patience," Torre said. "They get a little anxious to where they overdo sometimes. I'd rather have them overdo than not care."

The Dodgers took their first lead of the series in the second when Juan Pierre doubled to right with a runner on first and Upton threw to second base rather than hitting the cutoff man.

Arizona took advantage of Loney's throwing error on a potential double-play grounder in the fourth, taking a 2-1 lead on a run-scoring grounder by Reynolds -- his major league-leading 13th RBI -- and Upton's run-scoring single. Andre Ethier's sacrifice fly tied the score in the fifth.

Notes

  • Conor Jackson left with a bruised left hand in the fifth after he was hit by a pitch for the third time in two games. X-rays were negative.
  • Arizona SS Stephen Drew sat out the game with a sore right quadriceps.
  • Slumping Andruw Jones was not in the starting lineup but came on in a double switch in the sixth. He singled but struck out for the game's final out.
 
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Micah Owings isn't overpowering, but his four Ks help him ring up his second win of the season. (AP)
Micah Owings isn't overpowering, but his four Ks help him ring up his second win of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

E. Byrnes
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3110002 .382
Matt Kemp, CF-RF4010012 .269
Andre Ethier, RF-LF3011003 .281
Jeff Kent, 2B4000013 .241
James Loney, 1B3111103 .364
Russell Martin, C4000011 .103
Blake Dewitt, 3B3100100 .250
Juan Pierre, LF3021000 .167
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1000000 .167
Hiroki Kuroda, P2000022 .000
    Andruw Jones, CF2010010 .129
Totals3237326  
a-grounded out for Broxton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (5, Owings), Andre Ethier (3, Owings), Juan Pierre (1, Owings)
HR - James Loney (1, Owings)
SF - Andre Ethier (3)
RBI - Andre Ethier (5), James Loney (3), Juan Pierre (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - James Loney (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda (L,1-1) 5.2942240 2.13
Chan Ho Park 1.1100100 3.00
Jonathan Broxton 1100020 2.08
IBB - Hammock by Hiroki Kuroda
HBP - Jackson (by Hiroki Kuroda)
WP - Chan Ho Park (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 108-77, Chan Ho Park 24-16, Jonathan Broxton 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 6-7, Chan Ho Park 1-3
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 29, Chan Ho Park 6, Jonathan Broxton 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5010033 .211
Eric Byrnes, LF5132001 .256
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000101 .270
Conor Jackson, 1B1100000 .333
    Chris Burke, 1B2010003 .167
Mark Reynolds, 3B4001012 .306
Justin Upton, RF4021000 .382
Augie Ojeda, SS4130001 .667
Robby Hammock, C3110101 .200
Micah Owings, P2000113 .167
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Salazar, PH1000010 .400
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Totals34411436  
a-struck out for Cruz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Augie Ojeda (1, Kuroda)
RBI - Eric Byrnes 2 (5), Mark Reynolds (13), Justin Upton (5)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes 2 (3), Justin Upton (1)
CS - Eric Byrnes (1, 2nd base by Broxton/Martin)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Reynolds-Hudson-Burke
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings (W,2-0) 7733141 2.63
Juan Cruz (H,2) 1000110 0.00
Brandon Lyon (S,2) 1000010 9.00
HBP - Furcal (by Micah Owings)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 95-63, Juan Cruz 16-8, Brandon Lyon 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 9-8, Juan Cruz 1-0, Brandon Lyon 1-1
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 30, Juan Cruz 3, Brandon Lyon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23331
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa