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Kent, Pierre help Dodgers top Diamondbacks

Apr 18, 2007 - 6:59 AM PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Jeff Kent got the job started and Juan Pierre finished it off.

Kent had three hits and Pierre drove in the go-ahead run as the Los Angeles Dodgers posted a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete a two-game series sweep.

The game was tied at 4-4 in the seventh, when Wilson Valdez was hit by a pitch by Arizona reliever Tony Pena (0-1), stole second and advanced to third on Rafael Furcal's groundout.

Known for his blazing speed, Pierre delivered an RBI triple to right-center field off Pena and scored on Alberto Callaspo's throwing error.

"It was big to get a big hit with a man in scoring position, not doing that here lately, but just relaxed and to drive the ball in the gaps felt really good," Pierre said.

"(Pierre) is a weapon because he is a run-scorer," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "He does what it takes to score runs, but now he's got that bat going a little bit. He'll be on base a little bit more, and he's going to give a lot more aggravation for a lot of opposition."

Chad Billingsley (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, Jonathan Broxton did not allow a run in the eight and closer Takashi Saito shut the door in the ninth for his sixth save for the Dodgers.

"Our pitchers have been doing an excellent job of keeping us in the game," Pierre said. "And fortunately we got some big hits at the end."

Kent's RBI double in the first off Diamondbacks rookie Micah Owings opened the scoring. The former National League MVP also collected hits in the fourth and seventh frames.

Nomar Garciaparra had an RBI double and Russell Martin also plated a runner for Los Angeles, which has won 10 of its last 12 games.

Los Angeles starter Brett Tomko allowed four runs and eight hits through five frames in remaining winless in two starts.

Owings gave up three runs and four hits in four innings. In the fourth inning, the 24-year-old recorded his first career hit, an RBI single, before pulling up lame on Callaspo's single.

"It's hard to even think about that right now after we lost; I can't stand losing," Owings said. "Not really thinking too much about the leg."

Arizona finished 4-4 in its eight-game homestand.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 6 9 2
    ARIZONA 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LOS - BRETT TOMKO, CHAD BILLINGSLEY (6TH), JONATHAN BROXTON (8TH),
    TAKASHI SAITO (9TH) AND RUSSELL MARTIN
    ARI - MICAH OWINGS, DUSTIN NIPPERT (5TH), TONY PENA
    (7TH)

    Apr 18 12:52 AM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 6 9 1
    ARIZONA 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 8 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - CHAD BILLINGSLEY
    ARI - TONY PENA

    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: O HUDSON (.389, 0-FOR-0, 2 BB, SF, RBI)
    C TRACY (.235, 0-FOR-3)
    C QUENTIN (.500, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Apr 18 12:07 AM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY JUAN PIERRE SCORED WILSON VALDEZ. ERROR BY
    ALBERTO CALLASPO ALLOWED JUAN PIERRE TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 6
    ARIZONA 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: N GARCIAPARRA (.308, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksApr 18 12:00 AM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NOMAR GARCIAPARRA SCORED JUAN PIERRE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N GARCIAPARRA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 4
    ARIZONA 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.271, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Apr 17 11:25 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NOMAR GARCIAPARRA SCORED JUAN PIERRE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N GARCIAPARRA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 4
    ARIZONA 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.271, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksApr 17 11:25 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: D Nippert relieved M Owings.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R Furcal (.211, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 17 11:18 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - PITCHING CHANGE
    ARI: DUSTIN NIPPERT (0-0, 0.00) STARTING THE 5TH
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3, ARIZONA 4
    DUE UP FOR LADODGERS: R FURCAL (.211, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 17 11:18 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 1 0 0 2 3 4 1
    ARIZONA 0 1 0 3 4 7 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - BRETT TOMKO
    ARI - MICAH OWINGS (OUT)

    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R FURCAL (.211, 1-FOR-2)
    J PIERRE (.196, 0-FOR-2)
    N GARCIAPARRA (.294, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 17 11:16 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ORLANDO HUDSON SCORED ROBBY HAMMOCK.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A CALLASPO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C TRACY (.240, 0-FOR-2)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksApr 17 11:15 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICAH OWINGS SCORED CHRIS SNYDER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M OWINGS ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: E BYRNES (.295, 1-FOR-2)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksApr 17 11:06 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY BRETT TOMKO ALLOWED CHRIS YOUNG TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C SNYDER ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: M OWINGS (.000, 0-FOR-0, SF, RBI)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksApr 17 11:04 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY WILSON BETEMIT SCORED LUIS GONZALEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R MARTIN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 1 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: B TOMKO (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksApr 17 10:55 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RUSSELL MARTIN SCORED JEFF KENT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R MARTIN ON FIRST, L GONZALEZ ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2
    ARIZONA 1 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: A ETHIER (.267, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksApr 17 10:52 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MICAH OWINGS SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C SNYDER ON FIRST, C JACKSON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1
    ARIZONA 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: E BYRNES (.300, 1-FOR-1)

    Apr 17 10:22 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CONOR JACKSON SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C JACKSON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1
    ARIZONA 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C YOUNG (.143, 1 HR, 9 RBI)

    Apr 17 10:18 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CONOR JACKSON SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C JACKSON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1
    ARIZONA 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C YOUNG (.143, 1 HR, 9 RBI)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksApr 17 10:18 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 1 0 1 2 0
    ARIZONA 0 0 1 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - BRETT TOMKO
    ARI - MICAH OWINGS

    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C QUENTIN (.500, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    C JACKSON (.200, 0 HR, 4 RBI)
    C YOUNG (.143, 1 HR, 9 RBI)

    Apr 17 10:13 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 1 1 2 0
    ARIZONA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - BRETT TOMKO
    ARI - MICAH OWINGS

    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: E BYRNES (.288, 3 HR, 11 RBI)
    A CALLASPO (.289, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    O HUDSON (.389, 2 HR, 8 RBI)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksApr 17 9:58 PM