PHOENIX (AP) -- Six games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Troy
Glaus already is in the team's record book.
The big third baseman homered for the fourth straight game to
tie a franchise mark, and Shawn Green connected against his former
club for the second day in a row to help Arizona beat the Los
Angeles Dodgers 5-4 on Sunday.
The Diamondbacks lead the major leagues with 13 homers.
"I think that's kind of the plan. We're supposed to hit some
home runs," Green said. "In the first week of the season, that's
what we've done."
Dodgers starter Derek Lowe left after being hit on the right arm
by Craig Counsell's line drive in the fifth inning. The ball struck
the right-hander just above the elbow in the triceps area, and
X-rays were negative. He is day to day.
"I'm very lucky," Lowe said. "An inch down below, if it hits
your elbow bone, it probably breaks it."
"It's embarrassing over there at first when you make a play
like that," Tracy said, "but it's nice to come up and have a
chance to redeem yourself."
Mike Koplove (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.
Brandon Lyon worked the ninth for his second save, facing some of
the same batters who hit him hard when Arizona blew a three-run
lead in the ninth inning of an 8-7 loss on Friday.
Arizona's "G-Force" trio of Gonzalez, Glaus and Green is off
to a strong start.
"I know the middle of our order I like quite a bit," manager
Bob Melvin said. "We play in the ballpark where, if you hit it
solid, it will go out."
Glaus' shot tied it at 1 in the second and matched Reggie
Sanders' team record for consecutive games with a home run.
"I didn't even know," Glaus said. "That kind of stuff we
don't necessarily concern ourselves with. It's nice to see your
name in the book, but we don't play for that."
Sanders set the mark in April 2001, hitting six homers during
Green's solo shot off reliever Kelly Wunsch put Arizona up 4-2
in the sixth. Green acknowledged that it was special to do well
against the Dodgers, who traded him away.
"It felt great," he said. "I really wanted to win the series.
That didn't work out, but it was nice to contribute today."
Dodgers manager Jim Tracy was disappointed in his team's failure
to take advantage of some scoring opportunities, and in the way
Sanchez fell behind in the count in the eighth.
"But I certainly am not disappointed with the fact that we've
played six games on the road, and we've won series in both
cities," Tracy said.
Los Angeles plays its home opener Tuesday against San Francisco.
Jason Repko's two-run drive in the seventh tied it at 4, his
first major league home run. It marked the third game in a row that
Los Angeles rallied when trailing Arizona after the sixth inning or
later. But this time the Diamondbacks pulled it out, avoiding a
Counsell had two RBI -- on a sacrifice fly and the single that
In the fifth, Chris Snyder reached on a throwing error by
shortstop Cesar Izturis. McCracken walked, then Russ Ortiz laid
down a perfect bunt with two strikes. The Dodgers waited for the
ball to roll foul, but it barely stayed inside the line for a hit,
and the bases were loaded for Counsell.
His liner off Lowe's arm sailed over the head of third baseman
Jose Valentin to score Snyder and make it 3-1.
Ortiz failed to get an out in the sixth, giving up consecutive
singles to Jeff Kent, Valentin and Jason Grabowski, then walking
Jason Phillips to cut the lead to 3-2. Oscar Villarreal came on and
got Hee-Seop Choi to pop out, then pinch-hitter Milton Bradley
bounced into a double play to end the inning.
In the sixth, though, Izturis singled off Villarreal, then Repko
hit a 2-2 pitch into the seats in left-center. Villarreal then left
with a right shoulder strain.
Los Angeles INF Norihiro Nakamura, called up from Triple-A
Las Vegas earlier in the day, singled in his first major league
at-bat, with two outs in the eighth. ... Dodgers OF J.D. Drew ended
a season-opening 0-for-25 slump with a single off Randy Choate in
the seventh. ... Two games in the series were decided by one run,
the other went to extra innings.