Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 7/4)

Game 1: Monday, July 3
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 4
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 5
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Diamondbacks 3

(40-44, 21-21 away)

Dodgers 11

(43-40, 25-16 home)

9:10 PM ET, July 4, 2006

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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W: A. Sele (5-2)

L: E. Gonzalez (2-2)

Rookie Ethier has four RBI as Dodgers rout Arizona

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers racked up double-digit hits and runs for a second straight game. The most memorable hits, though, were another round of plunkings.

Rookie Andre Ethier kept up his torrid offensive pace with four RBI, including a two-run triple, and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second consecutive game, 11-3 on Tuesday night.

J.D. Drew of the Dodgers and Arizona's Shawn Green were hit by pitches one day after Nomar Garciaparra was hit three times by Arizona pitchers.

Drew was the first batter Brandon Medders faced in the fifth, and he got hit below the knee. Plate umpire Laz Diaz warned both sides after Green was hit in the right hip by Danys Baez with two outs in the ninth.

"I can honestly say I wasn't expecting it, but I know it was intentional," Green said. "It's unfortunate that the two intentional ones are on that side with guys on our team that got hit. It wasn't vice versa. But we've got a lot more games, so we'll see what happens."

An incensed Luis Gonzalez, dressing in an adjacent locker, interrupted reporters as they talked to Green after the game.

"Go ask Baez and Grady Little," he said in an expletive-filled tirade. "They're the ones that waited until late in the game to throw at him. It was gutless. Go talk to them so they can tell you that the ball slipped out of his hand."

Asked about Baez hitting Green, Little, the Dodgers manager, replied, "I call that a pitcher trying to get a ball in on him that just got too far in. That's all it was."

The series concludes Wednesday, and Ethier said he doesn't anticipate any fallout.

"Sometimes you throw the ball in, sometimes you get hit," he said. "We'll have to wait and see, but I don't think there's anything resulting from it, just pitchers being aggressive."

Kenny Lofton drove in three runs for the Dodgers, who have scored 21 runs in their last two games after getting 15 in their previous six combined.

Ethier had four hits and drove in two runs in the Dodgers' 10-4 victory Monday, and his .342 average leads all major league rookies by a wide margin. His turnaround came after striking out four times against the Angels on Sunday.

"I guess you got to even out those bad games," he said. "You always hear you don't want those peaks and valleys and you'd rather have small hills. That's what I'm trying to do -- staying positive and keeping hope no matter the circumstance."

Aaron Sele (5-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one, improving to 3-0 in his career against the D-backs.

Enrique Gonzalez (2-2) gave up seven runs and eight hits, struck out one and walked two in four innings, equaling his shortest outing in seven starts.

The Diamondbacks arrived in Los Angeles off a three-game sweep of AL West-leading Oakland. But their pitching has been battered by the Dodgers, who had 13 hits Tuesday to go with 15 the night before.

After three consecutive outs in the first, Los Angeles scored in each of the next five innings.

The Dodgers struck for five runs in the third, highlighted by two-run singles from Lofton and Cesar Izturis. Ethier walked to force in another run with two outs.

Lofton's sacrifice fly made it 7-2 in the fourth. Ethier's triple and a sacrifice fly by rookie Russell Martin added three runs in the fifth.

The Dodgers extended their lead to 11-2 on Drew's two-out RBI double in the sixth.

Orlando Hudson homered in the first for Arizona -- the team's first home run since June 27, a span of 61 innings. An RBI single by Enrique Gonzalez made it 2-0 in the second. Their other run came in the seventh on Eric Byrnes' two-out single.

The Dodgers scored their first run on Ethier's RBI groundout in the second.

Game notes


The Dodgers scored at least 10 runs in consecutive games for the first time since May 7 against Milwaukee and May 9 against Houston, when they had 10 and 12, respectively. ... Dodgers 2B Jeff Kent was a late scratch because of a sore left oblique muscle. ... Garciaparra singled in the third, extending his hitting streak to 16 games -- longest on the team this season. ... The Dodgers improved to 24-25 on July 4 since moving from Brooklyn in 1958. ... The announced crowd of 55,816 was the Dodgers' 11th sellout.

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