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L.A. Dodgers (70-48) «3004000209140
Arizona (54-64)000000030350

Wolf finishes triple short of cycle, pitches into 8th in Dodgers' win

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PHOENIX -- Randy Wolf almost single-handedly lifted the Dodgers out of their funk.

Wolf finished a triple short of the cycle and pitched neatly into the eighth inning, leading Los Angeles to a 9-3 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday that snapped a three-game losing streak.

Wolf (7-6) struck out 10 in 7 2/3 innings and did not walk a batter while winning back-to-back starts for the first time this season. He has 13 no decisions in 26 starts this season.

"What can I say? He did it all," Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said. "The best part about watching what he did today, he just kept them off the fat of the bat. Took a little off. Put a little on. Threw a lot of strikes. Probably got a little tired from being on the bases."

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Wolf hit a two-run homer, a run-scoring double and singled to help his cause.

"He's had a lot of no-decisions," Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said. "I think his idea was that he was not going to get a no-decision again."

Ethier had a three-run homer 10 pitches into the game off Yusmeiro Petit (2-7), and Orlando Hudson followed Wolf's two-out, two-run homer in the fourth inning with a two-run homer of his own to make it 7-0.

Ethier, who also doubled in a run in the eighth inning, has a career-high 80 RBI, three more than he had last season. Wolf also doubled in a run in the eighth.

Wolf retired 20 consecutive batters after Ryan Roberts singled with one out in the first inning before Arizona rookie second baseman Rusty Ryal broke the shutout with his first major league home run leading off the eighth inning.

"My past few outings, I've been a lot more aggressive, going after guys a lot more and pitching in a lot more," Wolf said. "As long as my fastball feels good and I am able to locate it, I'm going to keep on throwing a lot of those."

Wolf, who left after giving up three runs in the eighth, is 8-3 in his career against Arizona, 6-1 at Chase Field.

Los Angeles (70-48) increased its NL West lead to 5½ games on Colorado, the largest margin in the National League. The Dodgers had lost six of their previous eight games.

"Things have been kind of rough for us, but we've been able to bounce back," Wolf said. "You need that, and these guys can do it."

Matt Kemp had two hits and scored twice for the Dodgers, who will begin a seven-game homestand with a three-game series against NL Central-leading St. Louis on Monday.

The Diamondbacks (54-64) have won 11 of their past 17 games. Despite losing Sunday, Arizona has won four of its past five series for the first time this season.

Wolf struck out five in a row in the fourth and fifth innings, fanning the side in the fifth. Mark Reynolds, whose home run in the ninth inning Saturday helped Arizona tie the game before a 10-inning victory, struck out three times to raise his major league-leading total to 161.

"We got beat up pretty good today. They came out swinging the bats early very well. Wolf was very tough," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "There isn't much to say. They came out and beat us."

After Ryal's home run, Chris Snyder and Josh Whitesell had one-out singles off Wolf in the eighth inning before Snyder scored on Augie Ojeda's groundout and Stephen Drew tripled to left to drive in Whitesell. Guillermo Mota entered and got the final out.

Petit gave up nine hits and seven runs in four innings. He has given up 16 home runs in 65 1/3 innings this season.

Notes

  • Wolf last had 10 strikeouts on July 22, 2008, while pitching for San Diego against Detroit. The last time he won back-to-back starts was Sept. 19 and 24 last season, when he was with Houston after being traded by the Padres.
  • Arizona will begin a season-long 10-game road trip with a makeup game in Atlanta on Monday. They were rained out May 17. The Diamondbacks begin a three-game series in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
  • Los Angeles catcher Russell Martin ended an 0-for-15 skid with a fourth-inning single.
 
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Randy Wolf strikes out 10 in 7 2/3 innings and also falls a triple shy of the cycle.  (US Presswire)
Randy Wolf strikes out 10 in 7 2/3 innings and also falls a triple shy of the cycle. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Los Angeles

R. Wolf
IP 7.2
H 5
ER 3
BB 0
K 10
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp, CF5220012 .311
Orlando Hudson, 2B5222021 .293
Andre Ethier, RF5144000 .281
Manny Ramirez, LF4000022 .314
    Juan Pierre, LF1000001 .319
Casey Blake, 3B3000111 .281
    Mark Loretta, 3B1000000 .228
James Loney, 1B4010100 .278
Russell Martin, C5110014 .261
Juan Castro, SS4110001 .304
Randy Wolf, P4233000 .192
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .500
Totals41914927  
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp (19, Petit), Andre Ethier (29, Boyer), Randy Wolf (3, Boyer)
HR - Orlando Hudson (8, Petit), Andre Ethier (24, Petit), Randy Wolf (1, Petit)
RBI - Orlando Hudson 2 (56), Andre Ethier 4 (80), Randy Wolf 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson 2 (22), Andre Ethier (31), Randy Wolf 2 (4)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf (W,7-6) 7.25330101 3.43
Guillermo Mota 1.1000010 3.57
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 100-71, Guillermo Mota 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-7, Guillermo Mota 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 28, Guillermo Mota 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4011000 .262
Ryan Roberts, LF4010001 .272
Gerardo Parra, CF4000021 .292
Mark Reynolds, 3B3000031 .283
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   a- Alex Romero, PH1000000 .292
Rusty Ryal, 2B4111020 .500
Trent Oeltjen, RF3000010 .333
Chris Snyder, C3110020 .208
Josh Whitesell, 1B3110000 .206
Yusmeiro Petit, P1000010 .000
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
   b- Chad Tracy, PH1000000 .231
    Daniel Schlereth, P0000000 .000
    Augie Ojeda, 3B1001000 .241
Totals32353011  
a-grounded out for Boyer in the 9th
b-fouled out for Rosales in the 6th
Batting
3B - Stephen Drew (8, Wolf)
HR - Rusty Ryal (1, Wolf)
RBI - Stephen Drew (48), Rusty Ryal (1), Augie Ojeda (7)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (17)
Team LOB - 2
Arizona Diamondbacks
Yusmeiro Petit (L,2-7) 4977043 6.47
Leo Rosales 2100010 4.40
Daniel Schlereth 1100220 6.75
Blaine Boyer 2322000 4.54
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 79-53, Leo Rosales 24-17, Daniel Schlereth 22-10, Blaine Boyer 31-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 2-6, Leo Rosales 4-1, Blaine Boyer 4-2
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 21, Leo Rosales 7, Daniel Schlereth 6, Blaine Boyer 9
Game Information
Attendance - 34012
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Tony Randazzo