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L.A. Dodgers (43-36)0210110005121
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Diamondbacks' Gibson wins debut behind five RBI from Young

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PHOENIX -- The final out of his first win in the books, Kirk Gibson turned to his coaches and calmly shook a few hands. He repeated the process with the procession of players coming off the field and nonchalantly snagged the game ball on a toss from Adam LaRoche before heading into the clubhouse.

Unflappable as ever, Gibson treated his first game as manager with typical coolness even if his stomach filled with a ball of twisted nerves.

The Arizona Diamondbacks made sure their new icon-turned-skipper won his debut with an early offensive outburst and a big homer by Chris Young late to roll over the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-5 Friday.

After 17 seasons filled with World Series titles and an MVP as a player, Gibson was thrilled to be a rookie again.

"I felt like it was my first major league game again," Gibson said. "It was a great feeling. I don't know how many people get to enjoy that feeling. It's like euphoric."

Arizona gave Gibson some stomach-acid relief by battering Hiroki Kuroda (7-6) early and scoring nine runs on 11 hits in the first three innings. Miguel Montero and Mark Reynolds had two RBI each, and Young provided the breathe-easy cushion in the seventh inning with a three-run homer off Justin Miller that put Arizona up seven.

Young matched a career high with five RBI from his once-familiar spot atop the lineup, Edwin Jackson (6-6) labored through five innings in the follow-up to his no-hitter and the Diamondbacks had 13 hits to keep Gibson from sweating it out after a whirlwind 24 hours that ended with the new manager giving a very brief postgame talk.

"I can't tell you what I said after the game," Gibson said. "It was only two words."

Arizona fired GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch on Thursday with the team still hugging the bottom of the NL West. In their place for the rest of the season will be former big league pitcher Jerry Dipoto and Gibson, the fiery former player whose career was epitomized by an iconic, limp-around-the-bases homer against Oakland in the 1988 World Series.

The hope for Arizona was that Gibson would imprint his never-hold-back personality on the sometimes-blase Diamondbacks, get them to treat every pitch as if it were their last, just as he did.

Sporting a retro, bushy mustache, Gibson made only one lineup change, moving Young back into the leadoff spot for the first time this season.

The Diamondbacks responded to the shakeups with a bat-swinging fury, swatting Kuroda around for three runs in first inning on four hits and two walks. Three more came across with two outs in the second, set up by Kuroda's wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Russell Martin.

Kuroda was done following Reynolds' bloop, run-scoring single, lasting just five outs after giving up six runs on eight hits.

"I really didn't get the right feel for my mechanics or delivery," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "You get hit like that and give up a lot of runs like that there is obviously some kind of problem with my delivery or mechanics."

Even with Kuroda's struggles, Los Angeles had its chances.

Blake DeWitt drove in three runs and James Loney two, but the Diamondbacks seemed to answer with a three-run inning -- four in all -- every time the Dodgers got close.

"Like in football when you score a touchdown, you've got to get the ball back," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "That is the thing we weren't able to do. They got three, three, three the first three innings and that is tough to overcome."

Those three threes put Arizona up 9-3 and gave Jackson a nice cushion after his arm-hanging no-hitter a week ago.

The right-hander overcame eight walks and a hit batter to toss the majors' fourth no-hitter this season against Tampa Bay last Friday, needing a whopping 149 pitches to get through it.

There wasn't much chance Arizona was going to let Jackson go that deep again, even with a couple extra days off, though Gibson joked that he should be stretched out enough to go 150 pitches against the Dodgers.No need to worry about that.

Jackson lasted just 88 pitches this time, grinding through just about every at-bat. His hitless innings streak ended with Loney's leadoff single in the second inning and he later gave up DeWitt's two-run single. Loney also had run-scoring singles in the third and fifth innings, giving Jackson a post-no-no line of four runs on seven hits.

"It's always good to get a win," Jackson said. "I'm not a selfish person and it's not always about me. It's a team game and if we get a win as a team, regardless of who played well and who didn't, it's pointless because we won and we get to come in an enjoy the win."

Especially Gibson.

Notes

  • Jackson's hitless streak was the second longest in Arizona history, behind the 12 innings Randy Johnson put together during three starts in 2004.
  • L.A.'s Rafael Furcal was 2 for 5 to extend his streak of multihit games to six.
  • Young had five RBI three other times, most recently April 9 against Pittsburgh.
  • Los Angeles had won seven straight over Arizona.
 
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On his first day on the job, Kirk Gibson watches his team easily dispatch the Dodgers. (AP)
On his first day on the job, Kirk Gibson watches his team easily dispatch the Dodgers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

C. Young
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5120011 .335
Matt Kemp, CF4100122 .264
Andre Ethier, RF5030000 .318
James Loney, 1B5132012 .296
Casey Blake, 3B3000113 .268
Garret Anderson, LF4010003 .183
Russell Martin, C3210101 .245
    A.J. Ellis, C0000000 .222
Blake DeWitt, 2B4023001 .266
Hiroki Kuroda, P1000001 .000
    Jeff Weaver, P1000010 .333
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
   a- Jamey Carroll, PH1000001 .294
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Ronnie Belliard, PH1000000 .240
Totals37512536  
a-grounded out for Troncoso in the 6th
b-lined out for Miller in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (20, Boyer), Blake DeWitt (13, Demel)
RBI - James Loney 2 (56), Blake DeWitt 3 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Blake DeWitt 2 (9)
SB - Garret Anderson (1, 2nd base off Heilman/Montero)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Russell Martin (8, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda (L,7-6) 1.2866230 3.78
Jeff Weaver 1.1333220 4.01
Ramon Troncoso 2000030 5.15
Justin Miller 3233311 4.82
WP - Hiroki Kuroda 2 (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 64-40, Jeff Weaver 33-19, Ramon Troncoso 32-19, Justin Miller 45-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 1-0, Jeff Weaver 1-1, Ramon Troncoso 2-1, Justin Miller 2-5
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 14, Jeff Weaver 9, Ramon Troncoso 6, Justin Miller 13
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5335011 .267
Kelly Johnson, 2B4221110 .264
Justin Upton, RF3000212 .266
Miguel Montero, C3222100 .388
Mark Reynolds, 3B4022113 .217
Adam LaRoche, 1B5000034 .248
Tony Abreu, SS4121010 .241
Gerardo Parra, LF3210112 .258
Edwin Jackson, P1110000 .179
   a- Cole Gillespie, PH1000000 .269
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   b- Augie Ojeda, PH0100100 .139
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
Totals3312131179  
a-flied out for Jackson in the 5th
b-walked for Vasquez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (19, Weaver), Miguel Montero (7, Kuroda), Tony Abreu (7, Kuroda)
HR - Chris Young (15, Miller)
SF - Miguel Montero (1)
SH - Edwin Jackson (3)
RBI - Chris Young 5 (57), Kelly Johnson (36), Miguel Montero 2 (12), Mark Reynolds 2 (52), Tony Abreu (6)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young 3 (27), Miguel Montero (7), Mark Reynolds (22), Tony Abreu (4)
SB - Chris Young (14, 3rd base off Weaver/Martin), Kelly Johnson (7, 2nd base off Kuroda/Martin), Mark Reynolds (5, 2nd base off Weaver/Martin)
CS - Justin Upton (5, 2nd base by Kuroda/Martin), Mark Reynolds (2, 2nd base by Miller/Martin)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Abreu-LaRoche, Abreu-Johnson-LaRoche
E - Edwin Jackson (1, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Edwin Jackson (W,6-6) 5744340 4.74
Sam Demel 1211010 4.26
Esmerling Vasquez 1000010 5.33
Aaron Heilman 1100000 3.31
Blaine Boyer 1200000 5.32
WP - Edwin Jackson (12)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 88-50, Sam Demel 22-15, Esmerling Vasquez 11-8, Aaron Heilman 14-9, Blaine Boyer 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 6-3, Sam Demel 2-0, Aaron Heilman 1-2, Blaine Boyer 2-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 23, Sam Demel 5, Esmerling Vasquez 3, Aaron Heilman 4, Blaine Boyer 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23155
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Bill Hohn