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Beckett earns first win as Dodger

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' blockbuster trade to bring Josh Beckett and seven other players to Los Angeles finally paid its first dividend.

Beckett pitched 6 2/3 strong innings for his first win since being traded from Boston a week ago and Andre Ethier hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning of a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

"It's all about executing. There's been a couple of hiccups," said Beckett, who was iced from the top of his right shoulder down to his hand after the game, when he got squirted on the field with a hose wielded by Aaron Harang.

He had lost his first start after the Aug. 25 trade, a 4-1 defeat at Colorado last Monday. This time, Beckett allowed one run and six hits, struck out nine and walked one to end a career-high five-game losing streak that began on July 20, when he was still with Boston.

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"I have the same stuff I did last year when I had probably the best year of my career," he said.

Beckett credited catcher A.J. Ellis' game plan for helping him win.

"I don't know these guys that well," he said.

The Dodgers snapped an eight-game skid against their NL West rival, leaving the Diamondbacks 6-2 at Dodger Stadium this season.

The Dodgers have dropped five of eight since the blockbuster trade that brought them Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto among eight players.

The franchise took on about $275 million in salary in an attempt to make the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Gonzalez is struggling, going 0 for 4 on Saturday, Punto is 1 for 5 on the homestand and Crawford won't play this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

"We're trying to get to know one another," said Beckett, noting he's always been the one welcoming new teammates and not the one being traded.

His first week in Los Angeles has involved making 50-minute drives to the ballpark in the city's notorious traffic from a friend's home where his wife and young daughter are living during the transition.

Los Angeles trails San Francisco for the NL West lead by 4½ games and is 1½ games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.

"It's nice to be in the middle of that in September," said Beckett, having left a Boston team that has scuffled all season for one that has a chance to make the playoffs.

"We got to figure out some way to win some series. We got some tough ones coming up against the Giants. I kind of need to read up on where everybody is at."

Beckett left the game after giving up a single to Ryan Wheeler.

"I was hoping I was coming out after the seventh, but I made a dumb pitch to their third baseman," he said. "I shook A.J. off."

Beckett helped the Dodgers avoid their longest losing streak to the Diamondbacks, who had their six-game winning streak at Dodger Stadium end.

"I really wasn't that uneasy," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said about Beckett's initial struggles. "I've never really seen him just pitch bad. His stuff is pretty consistent every time out."

Brandon League pitched the ninth to earn his first save since joining the Dodgers on July 30.

Ethier's 15th homer to the opposite field off Matt Albers (0-1) with two outs in the sixth put the Dodgers ahead for good. Albers allowed one run and one hit in one inning, struck out two and walked one.

The Dodgers tried to add a run in the eighth, but Justin Upton caught Matt Kemp's fly ball in right field and his throw to the plate was on the mark. Catcher Miguel Montero held on to the ball after Shane Victorino plowed him over and knocked his mask off in a hard collision. Victorino had walked, stole second and continued to third on Montero's throwing error.

"As soon as the ball came into my glove, it was like, boom," Montero said. "I knew he was going to [collide with him], but I didn't think he was going to hit me that hard. I got a little bit dizzy at the moment."

The Diamondbacks tied the game 1-1 in the third on Upton's homer that traveled an estimated 432 feet over the back wall in the Dodgers' left field bullpen.

Hanley Ramirez put the Dodgers ahead 1-0 in the second with his 23rd homer and 83rd RBI off Arizona starter Tyler Skaggs, who at 21 is the youngest pitcher in the majors. The left-hander from Santa Monica gave up one run and five hits in five innings, struck out three and walked one in his third major league start and first on the road.

"I made one mistake and it seems to happen every outing," Skaggs said. "I wanted to throw go outside with that pitch, and it ran right down the middle and he hit it out. A solo home run won't hurt you too much, but today it did."

Notes

  • The Dodgers recalled C Tim Federowicz and RHP Javy Guerra and selected the contract of RHP John Ely from Triple-A Albuquerque. To make room on the 40-man roster, OF Alfredo Silverio was transferred to the 60-day DL.
  • The Diamondbacks reinstated INF Willie Bloomquist, RHP Josh Collmenter and RHP Takashi Saito from 15-day DL; recalled C Konrad Schmidt from Triple-A Reno, selected contract of OF Tyler Graham from Reno, activated INF Cody Ransom and transferred RHP Daniel Hudson from 15-day to 60-day DL.
  • Dodgers owner Mark Walter brought two of his three dogs to "Bark in the Park." Boo, a rescue black Labrador and pit bull mix, and Sophie, a mini dachshund, each wore team gear and watched the game from his box behind the plate.
 
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The Dodgers get all of their offense from Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez, who each provide solo shots. (AP)
The Dodgers get all of their offense from Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez, who each provide solo shots. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Arizona

J. Upton
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, LF4000011 .275
Aaron Hill, 2B4010011 .297
Justin Upton, RF4111010 .273
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4010020 .282
Miguel Montero, C4010021 .279
Chris Young, CF4010021 .223
Ryan Wheeler, 3B4010013 .210
John McDonald, SS2010101 .237
Tyler Skaggs, P2000014 .000
    Matt Albers, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Kubel, PH1000001 .263
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
Totals33171111  
a-grounded out for Albers in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (22, Beckett)
HR - Justin Upton (12, Beckett)
RBI - Justin Upton (54)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton (13)
CS - Aaron Hill (5, 2nd base by Beckett/Ellis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Justin Upton 1
DP - Upton-Montero
E - Miguel Montero (8, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Skaggs 5511131 2.60
Matt Albers (L,2-1) 1111031 2.63
Matt Lindstrom 1000020 3.05
Bryan Shaw 1000100 4.10
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 91-60, Matt Albers 19-13, Matt Lindstrom 12-9, Bryan Shaw 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 3-9, Matt Lindstrom 1-0
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 21, Matt Albers 4, Matt Lindstrom 3, Bryan Shaw 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mark Ellis, 2B4000020 .260
Shane Victorino, LF3010100 .258
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000002 .292
Matt Kemp, CF4010011 .331
Hanley Ramirez, SS2111110 .255
Andre Ethier, RF3121002 .292
Luis Cruz, 3B3010012 .295
A.J. Ellis, C3000004 .279
Josh Beckett, P2000022 .111
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam Kennedy, PH1000010 .264
    Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
Totals2926228  
a-struck out for Choate in the 7th
Batting
HR - Hanley Ramirez (23, Skaggs), Andre Ethier (15, Albers)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (83), Andre Ethier (77)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (38)
SB - Shane Victorino (32, 3rd base off Shaw/Montero)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett (W,6-12) 6.2611191 5.03
Randy Choate (H,19) 0.1000000 2.73
Jamey Wright (H,6) 1000000 3.95
Brandon League (S,10) 1100020 3.81
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 101-69, Randy Choate 5-3, Jamey Wright 20-12, Brandon League 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-3, Randy Choate 1-0, Jamey Wright 3-0, Brandon League 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Randy Choate 1, Jamey Wright 3, Brandon League 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35992
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Tim Timmons