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Arizona (47-49)421000000007152

Loney's blast helps Dodgers pull into first-place tie

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PHOENIX -- For the third time in 11 days, the Los Angeles Dodgers are tied for the lead in the NL West. Nomar Garciaparra, however, knows it's not time to start watching the scoreboard.

James Loney homered leading off the 11th inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Garciaparra had his first multihomer game in nearly six years and Matt Kemp also homered for the Dodgers, who won their second straight to pull into a first-place tie with the Diamondbacks.

"It's still early," Garciaparra said. "We have to focus on just winning ballgames."

Loney's home run off Doug Slaten (0-3) was the Dodgers' third solo shot over the final five innings and the club's season-high fourth of the game.

"You never know what to expect coming out of the break," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre.

Cory Wade (1-1) pitched the 10th for the Dodgers and one-time closer Jonathan Broxton, Los Angeles' eighth pitcher, came on in the 11th for his first save in six opportunities. He's filling in for injured closer Takashi Saito.

"They're still going to watch me," Broxton said. "That's why they're not calling me the closer."

Garciaparra finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. He hit two homers in a game for the first time since August 4, 2002, for the Boston Red Sox against Texas.

Chris Young was 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored, Chad Tracy drove in a pair of runs and Conor Jackson was 3-for-5 with two walks for the Diamondbacks.

Young tripled into the right-field corner and scored in the third inning to put Arizona ahead 7-5, but the Los Angeles bullpen held the Diamondbacks scoreless on six hits over the final eight innings.

"When it gets to point where it does tonight, the 10th or 11th inning, the game can go to either team," Young said. "It's just a matter of who gets the big hit and tonight Loney did."

Garciaparra hit his second home run to lead off the sixth inning against reliever Yusmeiro Petit and pull the Dodgers to 7-6. Kemp then hit a one-out homer off Leo Rosales in the seventh to tie the game at 7.

"We got the bats going early, they got the bats going early," Kemp said. "It was a back and forth battle."

The teams combined for seven runs on nine hits, two walks and three errors in the first inning as the Diamondbacks took a 4-3 lead. Andre Ethier and Russell Martin had RBI doubles for Los Angeles while Tracy and Mark Reynolds had run-scoring singles for Arizona.

"Both teams swung the bats well the first couple innings and looked sloopy at times, but then tightened it up considerably," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

The Diamondbacks added two more runs in the second on an RBI double by Tracy and a run-scoring wild pitch by Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda to make it 6-3.

Garciaparra pulled the Dodgers to 6-5 in the top of the third with his first home run, a 416-foot shot into a bowl of food in the pool area beyond the fence in right-center field off Diamondbacks starter Doug Davis.

Kuroda lasted a season-worst two innings, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Davis fared little better, giving up five runs -- four earned -- on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts over a season-low three innings.

Notes

  • Dodgers CF Andruw Jones left the game after the top of the fifth with what Torre described as a stomach flu. Jones, who earlier missed 38 games following arthroscopic knee surgery, had struck out twice and struggled to chase down a pair of doubles off the wall.
  • The Diamondbacks placed right fielder Justin Upton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 9, with a strained left oblique. Upton is hitting .242 in 83 games with 11 home runs and 31 RBI.
  • Arizona reacquired 1B Tony Clark from San Diego in exchange for a minor league pitcher. Clark, who spent the past three years with the Diamondbacks before signing with the Padres as a free agent, struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
  • Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly made his official dugout debut Friday night, giving Los Angeles a pair of league MVPs on the coaching staff for the first time in franchise history. Torre was the NL MVP in 1971 while Mattingly won the AL award in 1985.
 
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James Loney is greeted by Joe Torre after his solo shot in the 11th inning.  (AP)
James Loney is greeted by Joe Torre after his solo shot in the 11th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

N. Garciaparra
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Arizona

C. Jackson
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp, RF-CF6221002 .285
Andre Ethier, LF-RF6121012 .284
Russell Martin, C5121001 .296
Jeff Kent, 2B3100202 .250
    Luis Maza, 2B0000000 .228
Nomar Garciaparra, SS5233001 .277
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
James Loney, 1B4111100 .291
Andruw Jones, CF2000022 .162
    Delwyn Young, LF3000010 .248
Blake DeWitt, 3B5010000 .262
Hiroki Kuroda, P1000000 .067
    Jason Johnson, P1000010 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Brian Falkenborg, P0000000 .000
   a- Hong-Chih Kuo, PH-P1000000 .333
   b- Andy LaRoche, PH1000000 .178
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
    Cory Wade, P0000000 .000
   c- Angel Berroa, PH-SS0000000 .192
Totals43811735  
a-grounded out for Falkenborg in the 7th
b-flied out for Kuo in the 9th
c-hit by pitch for Wade in the 11th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier 2 (23, Davis, Rosales), Russell Martin (18, Davis)
HR - Matt Kemp (10, Rosales), Nomar Garciaparra 2 (4, Davis, Petit), James Loney (8, Slaten)
RBI - Matt Kemp (52), Andre Ethier (42), Russell Martin (46), Nomar Garciaparra 3 (15), James Loney (51)
2-OUT RBI - Nomar Garciaparra 2 (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Kent-Garciaparra-Loney
E - Andruw Jones (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda 2865110 3.79
Jason Johnson 3311000 3.00
Joe Beimel 0.2000200 1.57
Brian Falkenborg 0.1000010 6.14
Hong-Chih Kuo 2100140 1.63
Chan Ho Park 1200010 2.59
Cory Wade (W,1-1) 1100000 2.50
Jonathan Broxton (S,1) 1000020 3.32
WP - Hiroki Kuroda (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 60-34, Jason Johnson 47-28, Joe Beimel 15-5, Brian Falkenborg 6-3, Hong-Chih Kuo 33-22, Chan Ho Park 21-13, Cory Wade 8-6, Jonathan Broxton 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 5-0, Jason Johnson 4-5, Hong-Chih Kuo 2-0, Chan Ho Park 2-0, Cory Wade 1-1
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 15, Jason Johnson 12, Joe Beimel 4, Brian Falkenborg 1, Hong-Chih Kuo 8, Chan Ho Park 5, Cory Wade 3, Jonathan Broxton 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS6010001 .262
Conor Jackson, LF4230200 .306
Orlando Hudson, 2B5230113 .306
    Connor Robertson, P0000000 .000
Chad Tracy, 1B6122016 .310
Mark Reynolds, 3B4111015 .249
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Clark, PH1000010 .236
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Chris Burke, 2B1000010 .186
Miguel Montero, C6010031 .257
Chris Young, CF5121000 .230
Alex Romero, RF4011110 .250
Doug Davis, P1000002 .105
   b- Emilio Bonifacio, PH1000000 .167
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .000
   c- Micah Owings, PH1010000 .275
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Augie Ojeda, 3B2000002 .276
Totals47715549  
a-struck out for Lyon in the 9th
b-flied out for Davis in the 3rd
c-singled for Petit in the 6th
Batting
2B - Orlando Hudson (25, J. Johnson), Chad Tracy (7, Kuroda)
3B - Chris Young (3, J. Johnson)
RBI - Chad Tracy 2 (24), Mark Reynolds (59), Chris Young (47), Alex Romero (6)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Reynolds-Tracy
E - Conor Jackson 2 (6, Throwing(Martin scored on misplayed grounder; Garciaparra and Kent advanced on w)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis 3554331 4.14
Yusmeiro Petit 3111021 3.06
Leo Rosales 0.1211001 3.09
Tony Pena 1.2000000 3.80
Brandon Lyon 1000000 2.37
Doug Slaten (L,0-3) 1.1311001 4.55
Connor Robertson 0.2000000 5.14
HBP - Berroa (by Connor Robertson)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 86-47, Yusmeiro Petit 33-22, Leo Rosales 12-9, Tony Pena 23-18, Brandon Lyon 12-7, Doug Slaten 22-12, Connor Robertson 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 3-2, Yusmeiro Petit 2-5, Leo Rosales 1-0, Tony Pena 2-3, Brandon Lyon 1-2, Doug Slaten 2-2, Connor Robertson 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 16, Yusmeiro Petit 10, Leo Rosales 3, Tony Pena 5, Brandon Lyon 3, Doug Slaten 7, Connor Robertson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38561
Game Time - 4:15
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Field Culbreth