Series: Game 1 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 1-0 (as of 4/21)

Game 1: Friday, April 21
LA Dodgers6
Game 2: Saturday, April 22
LA Dodgers4
Game 3: Sunday, April 23
LA Dodgers6

Diamondbacks 3

(7-10, 3-4 away)

Dodgers 6

(8-9, 4-6 home)

    10:40 PM ET, April 21, 2006

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: O. Perez (3-0)

    L: O. Hernandez (1-3)

    S: D. Baez (4)

    Drew carries Dodgers with homer, three RBI

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With J.D. Drew leading the way, the Dodgers are beginning to find their offense.

    Drew homered and drove in three runs, Odalis Perez pitched six innings of four-hit ball for his third consecutive victory and Los Angeles defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 Friday night.

    Perez struck out four and walked one in equaling his 3-0 start of last season. The left-hander also got off to a quick start last year, winning four games in April for the first time in his career. Danys Baez worked the ninth for his fourth save in five chances.

    "I mixed my pitches and threw my fastball with more consistency," Perez said. "Everything is working."

    Five of the Dodgers' six runs came with two outs.

    "It's a big pickup," Drew said.

    The Dodgers had 11 hits, including four extra-base hits. That equaled their highest output since they had 15 hits April 13 at Pittsburgh. They had scored just 11 runs in their previous six games, including four losses.

    Drew has been especially productive, reaching base safely in each of the 14 games he's played so far. He's hitting .340, with an on-base percentage of .444.

    He missed more than half of last season because of injuries, including a broken left wrist.

    "When you get confident and you're feeling good hits come," he said. "Hopefully, I'll stay away from broken bones and I'll be all right."

    Perez worked the corners and kept the ball away from the middle of the plate.

    "He probably threw a few more fastballs at times than we expected," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "He threw a lot of sliders to the lefties and a lot of changeups to the righties. But when he was ahead, he'd mix in his fastball just enough to keep you off the other stuff."

    James Loney's two-out RBI double bounced on the warning track in right field, snapping a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning. Loney likely was playing his last game for the Dodgers before being sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Nomar Garciaparra, expected to come off the disabled list Saturday.

    "Nomar seemed to be fine," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "Everything looks good for tomorrow."

    Los Angeles led 1-0 on Jeff Kent's two-out sinking line drive that Luis Gonzalez couldn't catch in left field in the first.

    The Diamondbacks tied the game on Orlando Hudson's groundout that scored Shawn Green, who tripled in the second.

    Arizona's Orlando Hernandez (1-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked none in losing his third straight in his first career appearance against the Dodgers.

    Hernandez gave up a leadoff homer to Drew in the sixth, extending the Dodgers' lead to 3-1.

    "He was attacking the hitters, had better command of the strike zone early on, kept some balls down and used all his pitches," Melvin said. "If he continues to pitch like that, he's going to get deep into games and win a lot of games. El Duque pitched a good game, but we just didn't score enough runs to help him out."

    Tim Hamulack replaced Perez and allowed a double on his first pitch to Hudson in the seventh. Eric Byrnes drove in Hudson with a two-out single, leaving Arizona trailing 3-2.

    The Dodgers added three runs with two outs in the seventh off Greg Aquino. Rafael Furcal had an RBI double and Drew had a two-run single to make it 6-2.

    Game notes

    Garciaparra went 2-for-5, with two runs scored and an RBI in his second and final rehab start for Triple-A Las Vegas. ... The Dodgers stole three bases, bringing their season total to an NL-leading 17, which is tied with Seattle for the major league lead. ... Hernandez singled in the fifth and took third on an error by CF Kenny Lofton, who fielded the ball but tried to flip it behind him to Drew. The Diamondbacks stranded Hernandez. ... Perez also had a balk in the first and hit a batter in the third.

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