Kent satisfied both descriptions Saturday night, as he had three
hits and five RBI -- including a three-run double in the 11th
inning -- to lead the Dodgers to a 12-10 victory over the Arizona
"It was kind of a crazy ballgame," Kent said. "You know,
Arizona's known for the ball traveling a lot, and the pitchers are
still trying to get in the rhythm just after spring training. I
mean, games like this happen."
Milton Bradley added an RBI single in the four-run 11th to
complete Los Angeles' second rally against the Diamondbacks in as
After pitching a scoreless 10th inning, Michael Gosling (0-1)
gave up the runs in the 11th on three hits and two walks.
Cesar Izturis led off the inning with a triple. After Hee Seop
Choi walked, J.D. Drew reached first base safely when Arizona
shortstop Royce Clayton fielded his grounder and went to third to
try to get Izturis. Kent followed with his bases-clearing double
and scored on Bradley's single.
Giovanni Carrara worked a shaky 11th for the Dodgers, allowing
run-scoring doubles to Chris Snyder, who had his first four-hit
game, and Royce Clayton, while getting one out. Rookie Steve
Schmoll then got the last two outs for his first career save.
Schmoll got the win Friday night, when the Dodgers scored four
runs in the ninth to win 8-7.
"The last thing before I came out of the gate in the bullpen,
Eric [Gagne] said, 'Slow things down. Slow down,' " Schmoll said.
"That really helped."
After Los Angeles rallied from a 7-3 deficit for the second
straight night to take a one-run lead, the Diamondbacks tied it in
the bottom of the ninth.
Tony Clark tripled off the center-field wall with one out, and
scored on Chad Tracy's hard grounder off Dodgers reliever Yhency
Brazoban's glove. Brazoban (1-0), who had his first major league
save the night before, got his first blown save as he threw out
Tracy at first while Clark crossed the plate.
"You're sitting there. The other side thinks you're dead,"
Arizona's Troy Glaus said. "But the teams with the heart and the
character, they might not win every one, but the other team knows
that, 'Better watch out. They're coming."
In the 10th, Brazoban struck out Glaus and Shawn Green after
loading the bases with one out.
"This was a tremendous maturity builder, just from the
standpoint of the circumstances that he faced in the following
inning and to do what he did in striking out Glaus and Green," Jim
Tracy said. "Yes, he gave up a run, but he maintained his
The Dodgers scored twice in the eighth on RBI singles by Izturis
and Choi to take an 8-7 lead.
Arizona manager Bob Melvin said some of his top relievers were
unavailable after working hard in previous games.
"Once it got to extra innings, we had [Gosling], and that was
it," Melvin said. "That's all we had."
Green and Tony Clark had two-run shots for the Diamondbacks,
while Glaus and Chris Snyder hit solo shots.
Arizona starter Javier Vazquez allowed six runs on five hits,
including a two-run homer by Kent, and three walks. He also struck
Vazquez, who came in with a 37.80 ERA after giving up seven runs
in 1 2/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day, had
another shaky start -- the Dodgers scored three runs among their
first four outs.
Kent hit his homer in the first, and Izturis drew a bases-loaded
walk in the second to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.
Arizona tied it in their half on the homers by Clark and Snyder,
and took at 5-3 lead in the third on Green's shot. The Diamondbacks
stretched it to 7-3 in the fifth on Glaus' homer and Alex Cintron's
The Dodgers got three runs in the sixth on Ledee's two-run
double and pinch-hitter Jason Grabowski's sacrifice fly.
Los Angeles starter Scott Erickson gave up six earned runs and
seven hits -- including the four homers -- in 4 1/3 innings.
RHP Oscar Villarreal was activated for the game after being
recalled from Triple-A Tucson after RHP Greg Aquino went on the DL.
... The Dodgers have beaten the Diamondbacks 19 of the last 22
games. ... Dodgers RF J.D. Drew went 0-for-5, extending his
0-for-22 start with his new team.