4:10 PM ET, September 7, 2008
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers appear to have the Arizona Diamondbacks on the run, although they won't dare admit it.James Loney had three RBIs and Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of Arizona on Sunday with a 5-3 victory that gave it a 1½-game lead on the Diamondbacks in the NL West. It was the eighth series of three or more games that the Dodgers have swept, including a four-game set against the Phillies at Chavez Ravine.
• The Dodgers matched a season best with their eighth straight win.
• The D-backs have now lost three straight and 10 of their last 13 games.
• Arizona starter Max Scherzer struck out 11 in five innings, becoming the first pitcher with that many K's in five or less since Kirk Saarloos in 2006.
-- ESPN Research and The Associated Press
The Dodgers scored at least five runs for the eighth straight game, and improved to 52-6 when they do. ... Arizona's biggest lead was 6 1-2 games on April 28. The Dodgers were a season-worst seven games off the pace on April 25. ... Dodgers 3B Casey Blake was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, and is batting .183 in 34 day games this season with the Indians and Dodgers.
Regular Season Series
|Los Angeles leads 10-8 (as of Sun 9/7)|
|Mon 4/7||@ARI 9, LA 3||Recap|
|Tue 4/8||@ARI 10, LA 5||Recap|
|Wed 4/9||@ARI 4, LA 3||Recap|
|Wed 4/23||@LA 8, ARI 3||Recap|
|Thu 4/24||ARI 6, @LA 4||Recap|
|Fri 7/18||LA 8, @ARI 7||Recap|
|Sat 7/19||@ARI 3, LA 2||Recap|
|Sun 7/20||LA 6, @ARI 5||Recap|
|Thu 7/31||ARI 2, @LA 1||Recap|
|Fri 8/1||ARI 2, @LA 1||Recap|
|Sat 8/2||@LA 4, ARI 2||Recap|
|Sun 8/3||@LA 9, ARI 3||Recap|
|Fri 8/29||@ARI 9, LA 3||Recap|
|Sat 8/30||LA 6, @ARI 2||Recap|
|Sun 8/31||LA 8, @ARI 1||Recap|
|Fri 9/5||@LA 7, ARI 0||Recap|
|Sat 9/6||@LA 7, ARI 2|
|» Sun 9/7||@LA 5, ARI 3||Box Score|
|Complete Schedule: Diamondbacks | Dodgers|
|1st||J Loney singled to center, A Ethier and M Ramirez scored.||0||2|
|2nd||C Snyder homered to left center.||1||2|
|3rd||A Dunn homered to center.||2||2|
|4th||C Snyder doubled to deep left, M Reynolds scored.||3||2|
|6th||J Loney hit sacrifice fly to center, A Ethier scored.||3||3|
|7th||N Garciaparra hit sacrifice fly to right, B DeWitt scored, A Berroa to second on error by right fielder J Upton.||3||4|
|7th||A Ethier reached on infield single to shortstop, A Berroa scored.||3||5|
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|Stadium||Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA|
|Attendance||54,137 (96.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||85 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Ed Hickox|