Luis Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking two-run single in a three-run
seventh inning to help the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 6-3 on
Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.
J.D. Drew went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run double and Olmedo
Saenz homered for the Dodgers, who have lost six of seven after a
12-2 start -- which was their best since the team relocated to Los
Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958.
"They were playing well when they were at our place and they
had some guys who were swinging the bat well," Gonzalez said.
"And one of their best players -- J.D. Drew -- wasn't even hot
Now that the Dodgers have cooled off, Drew is just starting to
take off. He is 20-for-51 since his season-opening 0-for-25 drought
-- including a home run Friday night against Arizona's Javier
Drew nearly hit a three-run shot in the seventh off reliever
Mike Koplove, but center fielder Quinton McCracken grabbed it at
the top of the fence to preserve the 5-3 lead they got from
Gonzalez's clutch hit.
The Diamondbacks completed their second straight three-game
sweep, after beating the San Diego Padres at home. They swept only
one three-game set all last season, and never won more than two in
a row on any road trip while finishing a major league-worst 51-111.
"It's a totally different ballclub," Gonzalez said. "It's a
whole new attitude here. Our team has a lot of confidence. We've
got guys who know how to play the game now and find ways to win.
We're getting guys on base and timely hits when we need them. We're
jelling well together on this trip, but we still have a long way to
Dodgers starter Jeff Weaver (2-2) was charged with five runs and
five hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander's 105th and final
pitch hit Craig Counsell on the arm with the bases loaded, tying
the score at 3.
"Counsell is notorious for getting hit on pitches like that,"
Dodgers catcher Jason Phillips said. "He's a pesky guy, so he
doesn't have many friends in this clubhouse. I said something to
him when he was up in the ninth inning, because the ball was a
strike and it only missed him by an inch and a half."
Arizona manager Bob Melvin is delighted about the job Counsell
has done for him in the leadoff role.
"When I dubbed him as the leadoff guy before we even started
spring training, it raised a few eyebrows," Melvin said. "But
he's done a great job for us. He's got a great understanding of the
game and he can acclimate to any role. Even when he makes an out,
he gets those pitch counts up."
"That's not the guy you want to face, but there wasn't really
anywhere to put him," Phillips said. "But Luis Gonzalez makes a
lot of money for that reason. He's come through in a lot of
situation like that."
Arizona added a run in the ninth on Alex Cintron's RBI
Lance Cormier (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth inning for the
victory, and Javier Lopez got three outs for his first save in two
The Dodgers grabbed a 3-2 edge in the fifth against rookie Brad
Halsey with Drew's double.
Melvin tweaked his lineup slightly, dropping .232-hitting Royce
Clayton from second to eighth and putting McCracken in the No. 2
slot. The move worked out in the third when Clayton led off with a
bloop single, advanced on Halsey's sacrifice bunt and scored on
McCracken's single to snap a 1-1 tie.
The game's defensive gem came in the Dodgers' third, when
Counsell caught Jeff Kent's foul pop a split-second before
somersaulting over the low wall in front of Dodger Stadium's newly
extended box seats.
Halsey, returning to the site of his major league debut last
June 19 with the Yankees, allowed three runs and nine hits in five
The Diamondbacks are 4-2 against the Dodgers after going
3-16 against them last season. ... The only time the Dodgers were
swept at home last year in a series of three or more games was May
14-16 by Cincinnati. ... A sellout crowd of 54,387 showed up on
Fleece Blanket Night -- only to discover that the Dodgers' 1963 and
1965 world championship years were mistakenly woven into the fabric
as 1962 and 1966. The club handed them out anyway, and gave each
fan a certificate to redeem for one with the correct years. ...
Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, who has yet to pitch this season because
of a sprained right elbow, threw 40 pitches off flat ground and
will take Thursday off prior to back-to-back bullpen sessions this