Final in 11

Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 4/9)

Game 1: Friday, April 8
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Game 2: Saturday, April 9
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Game 3: Sunday, April 10
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Dodgers 12

(4-1, 4-1 away)

Diamondbacks 10

(2-3, 2-3 home)

9:40 PM ET, April 9, 2005

Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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W: Y. Brazoban (1-0)

L: M. Gosling (0-1)

S: S. Schmoll (1)

Kent's 3-run double does gives L.A. cushion

PHOENIX (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Jim Tracy considers Jeff Kent an "incredible run-producer." Kent says he just tries hard in clutch situations.

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 Diamondbacks.

"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 many nights.

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 composure."

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 out seven.

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 sacrifice fly.

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.

Game notes


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.

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