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Diamondbacks' bullpen holds off Dodgers

Apr 25, 2008 - 7:11 AM By Jonathan Raber PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks' bullpen allowed just one unearned run over 3 2/3 innings to preserve a 6-4 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

Juan Cruz, Chad Qualls and Tony Pena bridged the gap to closer Brandon Lyon, who pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save of the season, preserving the win for starter Edgar Gonzalez (1-1).

Gonzalez surrendered three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking two while striking out one to earn his first win of the season.

"I feel great right now because the last three games I hadn't won, but I was throwing good," said Gonzalez, whose last win also came against the Dodgers on September 16, 2007.

The victory was already the Diamondbacks' fourth in five games against the National League West-rival Dodgers this campaign.

"Obviously it's early, we haven't played a whole lot of games but, for me, the importance is the confidence thing," Diamondbacks left fielder Jeff Salazar said. "We know coming in we are (3-1 against the Dodgers), so it's a good start. It's just one of those mental things."

Salazar belted a two-run home run in the second inning and Conor Jackson had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Diamondbacks, who were inconsistent against Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley (0-4).

The 23-year-old righthander suffered yet another loss, allowing five runs and six hits but struck out a career-high 12 in six innings.

"I need to find a way to get over the hump and figure something out," Billingsley said.

Arizona, which already holds a 5-1/2 game lead in the NL West, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Chris Young led off the game with a single and scored three batters later on Jackson's single.

The Dodgers evened the score, 1-1, in the bottom of the frame on Jeff Kent's RBI double down the left-field line.

Salazar's second homer of the season gave the Diamondbacks a 3-1 advantage in the second inning.

The blast was Salazar's fourth career home run and the first coming outside of a pinch-hit situation. The 27-year-old got the start in place of Eric Byrnes, who sat out his first contest of the season with what he referred to as "leg issues."

"That's the job of the fourth outfielder guy, I guess," Salazar said. "That's my job - to step in. I'm going to try to contribute that day and be productive."

The lead only lasted two innings, though, as Los Angeles battled back with two runs in the fourth to tie the score.

Arizona took the lead for good in the fifth when Young scored on a wild pitch by Billingsley before Jackson plated Stephen Drew with a fielder's choice.

Kent's second RBI of the game in the seventh narrowed the Dodgers' deficit to 5-4 but Justin Upton's sacrifice fly one inning later sealed the victory for the Diamondbacks.

"We had plenty of opportunities, we had the right guys at the plate, we just couldn't deliver," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "But we kept fighting back. We just need to be able to minimize as much damage as possible and tonight we weren't able to do it."








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

    BATTERIES: ARI - EDGAR GONZALEZ, JUAN CRUZ (6TH), CHAD QUALLS (7TH), TONY PENA
    (8TH), BRANDON LYON (9TH) AND MIGUEL MONTERO, CHRIS SNYDER
    (8TH)
    LOS - CHAD BILLINGSLEY, SCOTT

    Apr 25 1:43 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JUSTIN UPTON SCORED CONOR JACKSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M REYNOLDS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 6
    LA DODGERS 4 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: M MONTERO (.250, 1-FOR-3)

    Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 4  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 25 12:46 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF KENT SCORED RAFAEL FURCAL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KENT ON FIRST, N GARCIAPARRA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 5
    LA DODGERS 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.310, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 25 12:35 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY CONOR JACKSON SCORED STEPHEN DREW.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C JACKSON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 5
    LA DODGERS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: M REYNOLDS (.280, 0-FOR-2)

    Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 3  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:39 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY CHAD BILLINGSLEY ALLOWED CHRIS YOUNG TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S DREW ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 4
    LA DODGERS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: O HUDSON (.256, 0-FOR-2)

    Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:36 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ANDRE ETHIER SCORED JEFF KENT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J LONEY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 3
    LA DODGERS 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: M KEMP (.281, 0-FOR-1)

    Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 24 11:26 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JAMES LONEY SCORED NOMAR GARCIAPARRA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J LONEY ON FIRST, J KENT ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 3
    LA DODGERS 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R MARTIN (.232, 0-FOR-1)

    Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 24 11:20 PM
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    Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 24 11:13 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JEFF SALAZAR (2) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF CHAD BILLINGSLEY SCORED MIGUEL MONTERO.
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 3, LA DODGERS 1
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: ED GONZALEZ (.250, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 1  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 24 10:37 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JEFF KENT SCORED NOMAR GARCIAPARRA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KENT ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 1
    LA DODGERS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.296, 2 HR, 13 RBI)

    Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 24 10:32 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: ARI - EDGAR GONZALEZ
    LOS - CHAD BILLINGSLEY

    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R FURCAL (.398, 3 HR, 9 RBI)
    A JONES (.159, 1 HR, 3 RBI)
    N GARCIAPARRA (.182

    Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 24 10:22 PM
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