Series: Game 1 of 2

Arizona leads 1-0 (as of 5/1)

Game 1: Monday, May 1
LA Dodgers2Final
Game 2: Tuesday, May 2
LA Dodgers8Final

Dodgers 2

(12-14, 7-7 away)

Diamondbacks 3

(13-13, 5-6 home)

    9:40 PM ET, May 1, 2006

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: C. Vargas (3-1)

    L: B. Penny (2-1)

    S: J. Valverde (6)

    Vargas helps himself with RBI as D-backs beat L.A.

    PHOENIX (AP) -- It was a night of firsts for Arizona's Claudio Vargas.

    He threw six strong innings for his first home victory of the season and added his first hit, an RBI single in a three-run second inning, as the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Monday.

    Vargas allowed two runs -- one earned -- seven hits and a walk for his second straight win and his first in three starts this season at Chase Field.

    "He started a little rugged but his breaking ball got better and his changeup got better," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said.

    Vargas drove in the winning run when blooped a fastball from Brad Penny into short right field to cap the Diamondbacks' second-inning rally.

    "I was looking for a fastball," Vargas said. "I knew he didn't want to throw me a curve because the bases were loaded."

    Six consecutive Arizona hitters reached base against Penny (2-1) in the second before the right-hander was able to record an out.

    Luis Gonzalez singled and scored on Conor Jackson's double to cut the lead 2-1. Shawn Green doubled to tie the game 2-2 and then only advanced to third when he had to hold up as Johnny Estrada's fly ball to right-center dropped for a double. Orlando Hudson walked and Vargas followed with the bloop single, scoring Green for a 3-2 lead.

    Vargas also helped his cause with a nifty defensive play after pitching into trouble in the sixth.

    The Dodgers loaded the bases in the sixth on one-out singles by Jeff Kent and Nomar Garciaparra and a walk to Bill Mueller. But Vargas snared Sandy Alomar Jr.'s sharp one-hopper just off the pitching rubber and threw home for an inning-ending double play.

    "The pitching coach came out and I'm sure his words to that pitcher were to try and get a ground ball back to you," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "I guarantee that's what he told him before he walked away and that's one of those times it happened."

    Green went 2-for-4 with the RBI double for the Diamondbacks, who won for the fifth time in seven games. Jose Valverde, Arizona's fourth pitcher, worked the ninth for his sixth save.

    The Dodgers scored in each of the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead. Green dropped Kenny Lofton's fly ball in the right field corner, allowing the Dodgers' center fielder to reach third base, and Lofton scored on an RBI grounder by J.D. Drew.

    Green later made up for the fielding error, his second of the season, by taking a two-run homer away from Drew on a leaping catch to end the third inning.

    "I didn't think he got all of it," Green said. "It sounded crisp and I knew it would be close. I sensed the fence was there, timed my jump and pulled it back."

    Los Angeles made it 2-0 on a leadoff double by Garciaparra and Alomar's run-scoring single with one out.

    Penny allowed three runs and eight hits in losing to the Diamondbacks, the team that drafted him in 1996, for the first time in five decisions.

    "I just didn't locate pitches," Penny said. "All night I wasn't locating pitches. It's days like that you try to get through innings."

    Game notes

    Vargas has allowed only one earned run in his last two starts, a span of 13 innings. He has walked one batter or less in four of his five starts. ... The Dodgers on Monday recalled RHP Jonathan Broxton from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned RHP Lance Carter to Las Vegas. Broxton was 1-0 with five saves and was not scored upon in 11 1/3 innings for the 51s. He struck out 18 and walked three. Carter was 0-1 with a 7.45 ERA for the Dodgers. ... Penny reached the 1,000-inning plateau when he retired Craig Counsell to lead off the first inning. ... Dodgers OF Ricky Ledee strained his left groin on a checked swing third strike in the seventh inning and will undergo an MRI on Wednesday. Little said a trip to the disabled list is "likely".

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