Arizona at Los Angeles

W: E. Gonzalez (1-1) L: C. Billingsley (0-4)
S: B. Lyon (6)
HR: ARI - J. Salazar (2)   LA - None

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 4 wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Salazar made the most of his second start this season. Jeff Kent was back in the Dodgers' lineup after a night off and wasn't around for the finish.

Salazar hit a two-run homer in the second inning, then made a stellar defensive play in the fifth to hold Andruw Jones to a single on a line drive off the short fence in the left-field corner. Jones was erased on a double-play grounder, and the Arizona Diamondbacks went on to beat Los Angeles 6-4 on Thursday night.

"That's the job of the fourth outfielder, I guess," said Salazar, who was filling in for sore-legged Eric Byrnes. "On this team, those other guys are going to play just about every day. And if they have little aches and pains here or there, or they just need a little breather, my job is to do more than just fill in. I'm going to try to contribute that day and be productive."

Conor Jackson also had a pair of RBI, helping the Diamondbacks maintain their six-game lead over Colorado in the NL West. When they won the division title last season, the never led by more than five.

Edgar Gonzalez (1-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and a strikeout. Brandon Lyon pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in eight attempts.

Juan Cruz got out of a bases-loaded jam in the Dodgers' seventh, striking out Matt Kemp and retiring pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney on a flyout after hitting his first batter, Andre Ethier.

Still trailing 5-3, Los Angeles got a run closer on Kent's RBI single. The run was unearned because of an error by third baseman Mark Reynolds, whose throw during a rundown struck Rafael Furcal on the helmet as he retreated to second base on Nomar Garciaparra's comebacker to Chad Qualls.

It was only one of several strange plays during the game. In the Arizona eighth, Reynolds hit what appeared to be a double-play grounder to third. But second base umpire Andy Fletcher ruled that Kent had taken Garciaparra's throw off the bag, prompting a long and loud argument from Kent and manager Joe Torre.

"The only thing I stressed to Andy Fletcher was that Jeff didn't have to come off the bag to catch the ball," Torre said. "Unless you're 100 percent sure and it's clear-cut, you can't make that call unless it's really blatant. It's not like a 'safe out' call. I just didn't think it was necessary.

"The guy who's out there playing defensively has a pretty good feel for when the ball is in his glove and where his foot is," Torre added. "Jeff's got a lot of passion, and that's how sure he was that he was right."

Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, and Justin Upton hit a sacrifice fly. Kent resumed his argument with Fletcher at the end of the eighth inning after taking his position, and the two had to be separated before Fletcher ejected him and Torre.

"I challenged the call and I got thrown out for it," Kent said. "You all saw it -- and I saw it on the replay, too. It's just a shame."

Crew chief Mike Reilly said: "He had a chance (to argue the first time). Then he came out again, and we're not going to let it continue the next inning over the same call."

Chad Billingsley (0-4) got the loss despite a career-high 12 strikeouts. The right-hander allowed five runs, six hits and two walks over six innings.

Billingsley has 29 strikeouts in 16 innings over his past three starts -- including nine against the Diamondbacks in a 1-0 loss on April 13 at Phoenix.

The Dodgers tied it at 3 in the fourth with an RBI single by James Loney and a sacrifice fly by Ethier.

Loney, who had a pair of RBI singles in a victory Wednesday, was 4-for-9 in the two-game set with Arizona and is hitting .417 overall against Diamondbacks pitching (30-for-72) with three home runs and 15 RBI. He is 7-for-9 lifetime against Gonzalez with four RBI.

Arizona regained the lead with two runs in the fifth. Chris Young got a broken-bat single and scored on a wild pitch to Orlando Hudson. After a walk to Hudson put runners at the corners, Jackson barely beat the relay throw from Kent on a potential inning-ending double-play grounder to third as Stephen Drew came across the plate for a 5-3 lead.

Salazar gave the Diamondbacks a 3-1 lead, driving Billingsley's 1-1 cutter into the right-field pavilion after a leadoff double by Miguel Montero. Billingsley struck out eight of his next 10 batters.


Los Angeles optioned rookie 3B Blake DeWitt to Triple-A Las Vegas and promoted RHP Cory Wade from the Vegas club because the Dodgers needed a 12th pitcher to replenish a battered bullpen. Wade, who will turn 25 next month, made his big league debut with a hitless ninth after four-plus seasons in the minors. ... Arizona pitcher Micah Owings, who came in 4-for-13 at the plate this season, pinch-hit for Cruz in the seventh and grounded out.

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Players of the Game

C. Jackson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5220030 .224
Stephen Drew, SS3110100 .286
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000122 .253
Conor Jackson, 1B4122010 .368
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000033 .273
Justin Upton, RF3001012 .361
Miguel Montero, C3110010 .250
   a- Chris Snyder, PH-C0000100 .204
Jeff Salazar, LF4112022 .278
Edgar Gonzalez, P2000020 .167
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
   b- Micah Owings, PH1000000 .286
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Burke, PH1000000 .133
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
a-was walked intentionally for Montero in the 8th
b-grounded out for Cruz in the 7th
c-flied out for Pena in the 9th
2B - Stephen Drew (7, Billingsley), Miguel Montero (1, Billingsley)
HR - Jeff Salazar (2, Billingsley)
SF - Justin Upton (3)
RBI - Conor Jackson 2 (19), Justin Upton (14), Jeff Salazar 2 (6)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Drew-Hudson-Jackson, Hudson-Drew-Jackson
E - Mark Reynolds (6, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Edgar Gonzalez (W,1-1) 5.1733210 4.66
Juan Cruz (H,4) 0.2000010 2.08
Chad Qualls (H,7) 1110100 0.00
Tony Pena (H,5) 1000010 6.10
Brandon Lyon (S,6) 1000000 3.60
IBB - Kemp by Edgar Gonzalez
HBP - Ethier (by Juan Cruz)
WP - Edgar Gonzalez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edgar Gonzalez 88-50, Juan Cruz 13-8, Chad Qualls 19-9, Tony Pena 11-8, Brandon Lyon 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edgar Gonzalez 7-7, Chad Qualls 3-0, Tony Pena 1-1, Brandon Lyon 1-2
Batters Faced - Edgar Gonzalez 24, Juan Cruz 3, Chad Qualls 5, Tony Pena 3, Brandon Lyon 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4100100 .379
Andruw Jones, CF5010000 .162
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B4220001 .231
Jeff Kent, 2B3122100 .279
    Chin-lung Hu, 2B0000000 .278
James Loney, 1B4021002 .306
Russell Martin, C4010002 .236
Andre Ethier, LF2001000 .324
Matt Kemp, RF3000123 .273
Chad Billingsley, P2000012 .200
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1000003 .071
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Cory Wade, P0000000 .000
   b- Juan Pierre, PH1000000 .250
a-flied out for Billingsley in the 6th
b-popped out for Wade in the 9th
2B - Jeff Kent (5, E. Gonzalez)
SF - Andre Ethier (5)
RBI - Jeff Kent 2 (12), James Loney (14), Andre Ethier (12)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Kent (5)
SB - Nomar Garciaparra (1, 2nd base off E. Gonzalez/Montero)
Team LOB - 7
E - Jeff Kent (2, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (L,0-4) 66552121 6.53
Scott Proctor 1.2110010 7.20
Joe Beimel 0.1000110 1.17
Cory Wade 1000010 0.00
IBB - Snyder by Joe Beimel
HBP - Drew (by Cory Wade)
WP - Chad Billingsley (1), Scott Proctor (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 109-68, Scott Proctor 23-14, Joe Beimel 11-4, Cory Wade 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 3-3, Scott Proctor 3-2
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Scott Proctor 7, Joe Beimel 2, Cory Wade 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38350
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly