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PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers beat a pair of Arizona aces to stay in the playoff race.
Sparked by first-inning home runs from Andre Ethier and Casey Blake, the Dodgers roughed up Brandon Webb and Arizona 8-1 on Sunday, climbing within 2½ games of the staggering Diamondbacks in the NL West.
Derek Lowe (11-11) tossed six shutout innings as the Dodgers took the final two games of a three-game series from Arizona to snap an eight-game skid -- and the two victories came against Webb, who was trying to become the first 20-game winner this season, and Dan Haren by a combined score of 14-3.
"It was a nightmarish start to the road trip, and you look up and there's two All-Stars coming at you," Lowe said. "You've got to give the guys a lot of credit for finding a way to beat these two guys after losing eight in a row on the road."
After arriving in the desert early Friday morning from Washington, the Dodgers dropped the opener to fall 4½ games back. But they were smiling as they headed home to open a three-game series against San Diego on Monday night.
Los Angeles won a road series for the first time since July 20, when they also took two of three in Phoenix.
"We're going to have go on some substantial run of victories in a row at some point if we want to really catch them and pull away," Lowe said. "Hopefully this can be the start of it."
The Dodgers will have to make their run without Jeff Kent, who will have knee surgery on Tuesday.
The Diamondbacks hope to turn things around in a three-game series against St. Louis that opens Monday afternoon at Chase Field. They've dropped six of seven but have lost only a half-game to the Dodgers in that stretch.
"It's been a funny year all the way around in our division as a whole," said manager Bob Melvin, whose team fell to 69-67.
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will meet again for three games next weekend in Chavez Ravine.
Webb (19-6) failed in his second bid to become the majors' first 20-game winner. Failing to command his fastball and sinker, Webb allowed six earned runs, eight hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings, which matched his shortest outing of the season.
Webb got off to a rocky start and never recovered.
Ethier, the game's second batter, hit an 0-2 pitch 401 feet into the pool beyond the right-center field wall.
After a walk, a single and a fielder's choice, Blake hit a 2-0 fastball even farther -- 432 feet, off a railing above the pool to put the Dodgers ahead 4-0. The Chase Field crowd of 43,456, armed with red "BEAT LA" placards, groaned.
Webb had allowed two home runs in his previous 70 2/3 innings.
"We could see early on, it looked like he was having trouble locating his stuff, and we took advantage of it," Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said.
The Dodgers added another run on Blake Dewitt's sacrifice fly in the third.
In his past two starts, the seemingly invulnerable Webb has yielded 12 earned runs and 17 hits in eight innings.
Melvin said location is Webb's main problem.
"Physically, he's fine, and watching him warm up I thought he made some significant adjustments from his last time out," Melvin said. "He's just having trouble getting his ball to go where he wants it to go."
Webb left without talking to reporters.
Reynolds hit a solo home run off reliever Scott Elbert in the seventh, his 26th.
Lowe allowed four hits and one walk in six innings while striking out two. He won for the first time in eight starts at Chase Field.
|Brandon Webb's bid for his 20th win ends early after allowing six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Russell Martin, C||4||1||1||0||1||1||0||.283|
|Cory Wade, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andre Ethier, RF||5||2||2||2||0||0||0||.277|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||1||2||0||0||3||0||0||.325|
|Juan Pierre, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.278|
|James Loney, 1B||5||0||3||0||0||1||3||.304|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||2||1||0||0||1||3||.291|
|Casey Blake, 3B||4||1||1||3||1||0||3||.284|
|Blake DeWitt, 2B||3||0||1||1||1||0||2||.259|
|Angel Berroa, SS||4||0||1||0||1||1||3||.225|
|Derek Lowe, P||3||0||1||0||0||2||4||.161|
|a- Mark Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.138|
|Scott Elbert, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Danny Ardoin, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|a-grounded out for Lowe in the 7th|
|2B - Andre Ethier (30, Webb)|
|HR - Andre Ethier (18, Webb), Casey Blake (17, Webb)|
|SF - Blake DeWitt (2)|
|RBI - Andre Ethier 2 (59), Casey Blake 3 (75), Blake DeWitt (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake 3 (31)|
|SB - Russell Martin (13, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder), Matt Kemp (31, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Berroa-DeWitt-Loney|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Derek Lowe (W,11-11)||6||4||0||0||1||2||0||3.69|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 80-46, Scott Elbert 16-10, Cory Wade 8-6, Jonathan Broxton 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 9-5, Cory Wade 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 21, Scott Elbert 4, Cory Wade 3, Jonathan Broxton 3|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.282|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Young, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.245|
|Conor Jackson, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.295|
|Max Scherzer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Burke, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.194|
|Adam Dunn, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.238|
|a- Justin Upton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.241|
|Tony Clark, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.229|
|Chris Snyder, C||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.241|
|Augie Ojeda, 2B-SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.249|
|Brandon Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.138|
|Wil Ledezma, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jeff Salazar, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.211|
|a-struck out for Dunn in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Ledezma in the 6th|
|HR - Mark Reynolds (26, Elbert)|
|SH - Brandon Webb (10)|
|RBI - Mark Reynolds (90)|
|CS - Stephen Drew (2, 2nd base by Lowe/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Drew-Ojeda-Clark, Ojeda-Drew-Clark|
|E - Tony Clark (2, Dropped fly), Mark Reynolds (25, Misplayed grounder)|
|Brandon Webb (L,19-6)||3.1||8||8||6||5||3||2||3.19|
|IBB - Ramirez by Brandon Webb, by Ramirez|
|WP - Brandon Webb (8)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 84-42, Wil Ledezma 55-33, Max Scherzer 30-26, Chad Qualls 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 6-1, Max Scherzer 2-2, Chad Qualls 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 23, Wil Ledezma 12, Max Scherzer 7, Chad Qualls 3|
|Attendance - 43456|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Wally Bell|