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L.A. Dodgers (47-37) «200100100490
Arizona (39-43)010000000150

Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 1

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PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' patchwork lineup kept Los Angeles atop the NL West. Again.

Scott Van Slyke and Elian Herrera hit solo home runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Arizona to its sixth consecutive loss with a 4-1 victory against the Diamondbacks on Thursday night.

"These are our guys," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We're just kind of scratching for every win we can get right now. We've been able to put a couple of runs on the board and we've pitched good. That's been the main thing."

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Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts.

Van Slyke went deep off Miley and Herrera hit his first big-league home run to chase Arizona's lone All-Star representative in the seventh inning to back Nathan Eovaldi, who got his first victory in his eighth start.

"Nice to finally get that first one out of the way," Eovaldi said. "I try to go out there and try to keep us as close in every ballgame as I can."

Eovaldi (1-5) lasted six innings and allowed a run on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

The Dodgers are in first place in the division despite missing three starters due to injury -- shortstop Dee Gordon will need surgery on his right thumb and miss six weeks, the club learned earlier Thursday. They lost 11 of 12 games last month before turning things around with four wins in their past five games.

"It really goes back to our pitching. They keep us in the game. They keep us close, and then you have a chance," Mattingly said. "Then it's a matter of getting a big hit."

Dodgers relievers Scott Elbert and Ronald Belisario combined on a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, and Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 15th save.

Arizona's club-record streak of 15 games with a home run ended.

"It stings now and yes, it is a broken record but we will get back," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "I will be in a good mood and we will go push ahead and play a good game."

The Dodgers got to Miley, Arizona's most effective starter this season, for two runs on four sharply hit balls in the first inning. Juan Rivera and Luis Cruz drove in runs with one-out hits.

Los Angeles second baseman Mark Ellis made his first start since May 18, when injured his left leg. Ellis finished 2 for 4 with a walk.

The Diamondbacks grounded into three double plays and Herrera made a pair of important running catches on sinking line drives to left field.

Notes

Gibson defended his two-time All-Star outfielder, Justin Upton, after Upton heard boos during Wednesday's game in which he went 0-for-5, stranding five runners on base, and afterward said he doesn't care about the fans. "I didn't read it that way. I think what he was saying was that he goes out and prepares. He's doing everything he can. It's all how you take the context of any quote," Gibson said. "I will say this about fans. Let's just stop if you're the fans and think about it. Do you want him to do good? Would booing in any way shape or form motivate somebody or help somebody? J-Up cares about everything that he does here. Trust me." There was barely a smattering of boos for Upton Thursday night after he went 2 for 4. Arizona LHP Joe Saunders will pitch in a rehabilitation assignment Sunday night at the Diamondbacks' training facility in nearby Scottsdale. Gibson wants to see Saunders, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, get his pitch count up and build up his arm strength before he returns to the rotation.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

S. Van Slyke
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elian Herrera, LF4111110 .247
Mark Ellis, 2B4120102 .279
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B4110012 .294
Juan Rivera, 1B-RF4011000 .254
Luis Cruz, SS4021010 .417
A.J. Ellis, C4000013 .271
Scott Van Slyke, RF3111003 .180
    James Loney, 1B1010000 .248
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF2000200 .245
Nate Eovaldi, P2000021 .000
   a- Juan Uribe, PH1000001 .198
    Scott Elbert, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   b- Bobby Abreu, PH1000001 .248
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Totals3449446  
a-grounded into a double play for Eovaldi in the 7th
b-grounded out for Belisario in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis (5, Miley), Juan Rivera (7, Miley)
HR - Elian Herrera (1, Miley), Scott Van Slyke (2, Miley)
RBI - Elian Herrera (16), Juan Rivera (26), Luis Cruz (4), Scott Van Slyke (7)
2-OUT RBI - Elian Herrera (7), Scott Van Slyke (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Eovaldi-Ellis-J. Rivera, Ellis-L. Cruz-J. Rivera, Ellis-L. Cruz-J. Rivera
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nate Eovaldi (W,1-5) 6511330 4.21
Scott Elbert (H,8) 1000010 2.73
Ronald Belisario (H,10) 1000010 0.95
Kenley Jansen (S,15) 1000030 2.11
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Eovaldi 102-63, Scott Elbert 10-6, Ronald Belisario 12-10, Kenley Jansen 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 7-5, Scott Elbert 1-1, Ronald Belisario 2-0
Batters Faced - Nate Eovaldi 23, Scott Elbert 3, Ronald Belisario 3, Kenley Jansen 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, CF4010020 .275
Willie Bloomquist, 3B4000001 .296
Justin Upton, RF4020010 .266
Jason Kubel, LF3000122 .292
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4110021 .302
Miguel Montero, C1000200 .268
Aaron Hill, 2B3000012 .297
Stephen Drew, SS3011001 .200
Wade Miley, P2000002 .323
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .333
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH1000000 .239
    Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
Totals2915138  
a-grounded out for Ziegler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (23, Eovaldi)
RBI - Stephen Drew (2)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (1)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hill-Drew-Goldschmidt, Hill-Drew-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley (L,9-5) 6.2844242 3.04
Brad Ziegler 1.1000120 2.45
Craig Breslow 1100100 2.92
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 110-71, Brad Ziegler 21-13, Craig Breslow 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 8-6, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Craig Breslow 2-1
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 28, Brad Ziegler 5, Craig Breslow 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23002
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Jordan Baker