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Reynolds helps Diamondbacks blast Dodgers

Apr 8, 2008 - 6:06 AM PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks expected their prized offseason addition, Dan Haren, to highlight their home opener. While he did not disappoint, it was the team's offense that took center stage.

Mark Reynolds hit two home runs and three RBI, leading the Diamondbacks to a 9-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

Chris Young and Orlando Hudson also homered for the Diamondbacks, who have won four straight and lead the majors with 16 home runs this season.

"We do have some depth as far as power and we do have a couple guys in the middle (we) rely on who can knock in all of the runs, but we do have quite a few guys in the lineup that can go deep," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

Haren (2-0), who was the centerpiece of an eight-player deal with Oakland in December to augment ace Brandon Webb in the rotation, yielded three runs - one earned - and six hits with five strikeouts.

"I had the chills running out there," said Haren about pitching the Diamondbacks' home opener. "I was happy I was able to give a good performance, but tonight, I tip my hat to the hitters."

Arizona, coming off a three-game series sweep of the reigning National League champion Colorado Rockies over the weekend, appeared well on its way to a fourth consecutive win as four of the first five batters of the game reached and scored off Dodgers starter Esteban Loaiza (0-2).

Young opened the first inning with a walk and scored when Eric Byrnes tripled to deep center. Hudson followed with a single to plate Byrnes and a 2-0 lead.

Following a weak popout by Conor Jackson, Reynolds muscled a two-run shot to left off Loaiza, capping off the four-run first for the Diamondbacks.

"If you make mistakes in the middle of the plate, they are going to beat you up," Dodger manager Joe Torre said. "Loaiza didn't make many good pitches in the first inning, however, we were able to get close but couldn't hold it."

"I threw a lot of strikes and they just took advantage, which is why they got four runs in the first inning," Loaiza said. "They are a good hitting team."

Rafael Furcal led off the sixth with a perfectly placed drag bunt to short and moved to second on a single to right by Russell Martin. However, 20-year-old rightfielder Justin Upton bypassed the cutoff man and unleashed a throw that sailed well past third base and ended up in the stands.

Furcal, who initially had turned back to second, was awarded home while Martin moved up two bases as well. After James Loney was retired, Kent scored Martin with an RBI single to trim Arizona's lead to 4-3.

In the end, though, the Diamondbacks' power hitting was too much as Reynolds belted a two-out solo blast to deep right-center to increase their lead to 5-3 after six innings.

"I am just taking what the pitcher gives me; if he throws me a fastball away, I am going to try and hit it to right field instead of pulling it and that comes with being more mature as a hitter," Reynolds said.

In the seventh, Young greeted reliever Scott Proctor with another solo shot and, after a single from Byrnes, Hudson lined a two-run home run to right to give Arizona an 8-3 cushion.

Young, who signed a six-year extension with Arizona on Monday, completed the scoring binge in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single.

Andre Ethier had two hits for the Dodgers, who have alternated wins and losses since opening the season with two consecutive wins.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 8 1
    ARIZONA 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 x 9 12 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LOS - ESTEBAN LOAIZA, CHAN HO PARK (5TH), JOE BEIMEL (6TH), SCOTT
    PROCTOR (7TH), RAMON TRONCOSO (8TH) AND RUSSELL MARTIN
    ARI - DAN HAREN, CHAD QUALLS (7TH), TONY PE

    Apr 8 12:19 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHRIS YOUNG SCORED JUSTIN UPTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C YOUNG ON FIRST, C SNYDER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 9 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: E BYRNES (.200, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 9  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 8 12:12 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ORLANDO HUDSON (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF SCOTT PROCTOR SCORED ERIC BYRNES.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3, ARIZONA 8
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C JACKSON (.313, 0-FOR-3)

    Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 7 11:40 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CHRIS YOUNG (4) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF SCOTT PROCTOR.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3, ARIZONA 6
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: E BYRNES (.172, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 7 11:37 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARK REYNOLDS (4) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF CHAN HO PARK.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3, ARIZONA 5
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.208, 0-FOR-2)

    Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 5  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 7 11:13 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF KENT SCORED RUSSELL MARTIN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J KENT ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 4 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: A ETHIER (.333, 2-FOR-2)

    Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 4  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 7 11:03 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JUSTIN UPTON ALLOWED RAFAEL FURCAL TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R MARTIN ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2
    ARIZONA 4 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.348, 0-FOR-2)

    Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 4  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 7 11:01 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JEFF KENT (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF DAN HAREN.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1, ARIZONA 4
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: A ETHIER (.304, 1-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks 4  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 7 10:32 PM
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    Dodgers 0, Diamondbacks 4  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 7 10:05 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MARK REYNOLDS (3) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF ESTEBAN LOAIZA SCORED ORLANDO HUDSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 0, ARIZONA 4
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.227, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

    Dodgers 0, Diamondbacks 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 7 9:53 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ORLANDO HUDSON SCORED ERIC BYRNES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, O HUDSON ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 0
    ARIZONA 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C JACKSON (.385, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Dodgers 0, Diamondbacks 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 7 9:51 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ERIC BYRNES SCORED CHRIS YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E BYRNES ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 0
    ARIZONA 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: O HUDSON (.269, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Dodgers 0, Diamondbacks 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 7 9:51 PM
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