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Dodgers take advantage of six errors, crush Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- New interim manager Kirk Gibson juggled the Arizona lineup, the Diamondbacks bobbled the ball like a bunch of Little Leaguers and the Los Angeles Dodgers pounced on nearly every opportunity.

The result was a 14-1 Dodgers rout of the Diamondbacks on Saturday night in Gibson's second game at the controls after A.J. Hinch was fired.

Arizona committed a franchise-record six errors, three by shortstop and ex-Dodger Tony Abreu.

"Today was not my day. I don't know what happened," he said. "You work hard every day but I don't know. You try not to think about it. I have had games with two errors but never three in one game."

First baseman Rusty Ryal had two errors and third baseman Mark Reynolds one as the Dodgers scored eight unearned runs, six in the second inning, in front of 44,169 at Chase Field. Most of them were there for the fireworks display. First, they saw a bumbling performance by an Arizona lineup that included five players who normally are backups.

"I don't have words to describe it," Diamondbacks starter Rodrigo Lopez said. "I never pitched with so many errors behind. They weren't trying to make errors. Getting a groundball routinely and not able to make the outs, it is hard to explain because I have never seen anything like that. It was frustrating for me pitching out there, and for them, too. It was not something pretty."

Matt Kemp, Rafael Furcal and Andre Ethier homered off Lopez to help Clayton Kershaw (8-4) cruise to victory in the Dodgers' most one-sided win of the season.

"I was glad we kept coming at people," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "We scored and we kept coming at people. That's a manager's dream when offenses do that."

There was no hint of Gibson's well-known temper. Instead, he was forgiving, especially to Abreu.

"Tony had a night to forget," Gibson said. "I told him I had worse nights than that. 'You're a good ballplayer and we are going to shake it off and come back tomorrow."'

Kershaw was not at his sharpest but he didn't need to be. Torre lifted him after he threw 105 pitches and his team up 14-0.

Xavier Paul, just called up from Triple-A Albuquerque for the third time this season after Manny Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list (right hamstring strain), singled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice.

"Just to be able to get back up here and have an opportunity to help the team win it's exciting," Paul said. "The adrenalin was flowing. It just felt great to be back out there on the field."

One of Paul's runs came after he was given a walk on three balls in the second inning, the umpire and the scoreboard making the mistake. The Dodgers also could laugh off two base-running errors, one when Kershaw said he "kind of froze" on Furcal's shot to deep center that bounced off Chris Young's glove as he raced toward the wall. Kershaw was running back to second when Furcal passed him on what probably would have been a triple. Instead, Furcal was out.

Paul reached first on an error but was tagged out for making a move toward second and walking back to first on an error.

"That was silly," Torre said. "... He won't do that again."

Reynolds broke up the shutout with his 19th home run of the season, off Jonathan Broxton in the ninth.

Lopez (4-7) gave up nine runs, but only two earned, in 3 2/3 innings.

Gibson had said he wants his whole team playing, and he sat first baseman Adam LaRoche, second baseman Kelly Johnson, catcher Miguel Montero and left fielder Gerardo Parra. Shortstop Stephen Drew didn't play because of a sore left knee.

The new manager had catcher Chris Snyder (.238, nine homers, 28 RBI) batting cleanup, partly for "shock value," Gibson said. Snyder was 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

Notes

  • Drew has three errors all season. He struck out as a pinch hitter.
  • Before the game, Gibson said he had talked to the whole team about RF Justin Upton being picked off at first with a runner at second Friday night. "I told them it was lazy and a mental error," Gibson said. He knows it. He's way too good for that."
  • The game included two odd outs by the Dodgers, Furcal passing Kershaw on the base path and Paul for being tagged out at first after making a slight move toward second base.
  • Ramirez is eligible to come off the DL after the All-Star break.
 
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Matt Kemp (center) celebrates his second-inning homer -- an inning the Dodgers score six unearned runs. (AP)
Matt Kemp (center) celebrates his second-inning homer -- an inning the Dodgers score six unearned runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

R. Furcal
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4123000 .338
    Jamey Carroll, SS2000011 .291
Matt Kemp, CF6122002 .265
Andre Ethier, RF4221000 .321
    Reed Johnson, RF2000012 .276
James Loney, 1B4230100 .302
Casey Blake, 3B3300001 .265
    Ronnie Belliard, 3B1000012 .238
Xavier Paul, LF4222110 .295
Russell Martin, C4111023 .245
Blake DeWitt, 2B5122012 .270
Clayton Kershaw, P4101022 .069
    Travis Schlichting, P0000000 .000
   a- Garret Anderson, PH1010000 .189
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals4414151229  
a-singled for Schlichting in the 9th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp (16, Demel)
HR - Rafael Furcal (4, Lopez), Matt Kemp (14, Lopez), Andre Ethier (13, Lopez)
SF - Russell Martin (3)
RBI - Rafael Furcal 3 (28), Matt Kemp 2 (45), Andre Ethier (48), Xavier Paul 2 (8), Russell Martin (18), Blake DeWitt 2 (29), Clayton Kershaw (1)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp 2 (17), Andre Ethier (7)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw (W,8-4) 5.2400280 3.02
Travis Schlichting 2.1200030 0.00
Jonathan Broxton 1111011 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 104-63, Travis Schlichting 40-28, Jonathan Broxton 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 5-3, Travis Schlichting 4-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 22, Travis Schlichting 9, Jonathan Broxton 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF3000000 .264
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam LaRoche, PH1010000 .251
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Tony Abreu, SS3010121 .243
Justin Upton, RF3000122 .264
Chris Snyder, C4010033 .239
Mark Reynolds, 3B4121010 .221
Rusty Ryal, 1B4010012 .293
Cole Gillespie, LF-CF4010013 .268
Augie Ojeda, 2B4000004 .125
Rodrigo Lopez, P1000010 .088
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Stephen Drew, PH1000010 .267
    Dontrelle Willis, P0000000 .167
    Gerardo Parra, LF1000001 .257
Totals33171212  
a-singled for Vasquez in the 8th
b-struck out for Boyer in the 5th
Batting
2B - Rusty Ryal (2, Schlichting)
HR - Mark Reynolds (19, Broxton)
RBI - Mark Reynolds (53)
CS - Tony Abreu (1, 2nd base by Kershaw/Martin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Abreu-Ryal
PB - Chris Snyder (5)
E - Tony Abreu 3 (9, Misplayed grounder), Mark Reynolds (9, Throwing), Rusty Ryal 2 (3, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Rodrigo Lopez (L,4-7) 3.2692123 4.43
Blaine Boyer 1.1421000 5.40
Dontrelle Willis 1333020 5.62
Sam Demel 1100110 3.68
Esmerling Vasquez 1000020 5.14
Chad Qualls 1100020 7.94
HBP - Blake (by Dontrelle Willis)
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 79-53, Blaine Boyer 22-16, Dontrelle Willis 20-14, Sam Demel 22-12, Esmerling Vasquez 11-9, Chad Qualls 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 9-3, Blaine Boyer 2-2, Sam Demel 2-0
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 21, Blaine Boyer 8, Dontrelle Willis 7, Sam Demel 5, Esmerling Vasquez 3, Chad Qualls 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44169
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Gary Darling