Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Ricky Nolasco pitched seven sharp innings in
his Dodgers debut and had two hits and an RBI in a 6-1 win over the
Nolasco (6-8), who was acquired from the Miami Marlins on Saturday in exchange
for three minor league pitchers, allowed four hits and a run. The right-hander
also had five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.
The Dodgers, who will go for the three-game sweep Wednesday night, won their
fifth consecutive series to trim Arizona's lead to 2 1/2 games atop the NL
West. The Dodgers are 11-2 in their last 13 games against NL West opponents
and Los Angeles has picked up seven games in the standings since being a
season-worst 9 1/2 games out of first place in the division on June 22.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs as the Dodgers earned their eighth win in
10 contests overall.
It was the second night the Dodgers had success at the plate from their
starting pitcher. On Monday, Zack Greinke singled three times and scored once
to boost the Dodgers to another 6-1 triumph.
Ian Kennedy (3-5) faced the Dodgers for the first time since their infamous
brawl at Chavez Ravine on June 11. Kennedy, who was dealt a 10-game
suspension, surrendered nine hits and six runs -- five earned -- over 5 2/3
innings. His night included plunking Hanley Ramirez on the left arm in the
Martin Prado drove in the lone run for the Diamondbacks, who entered this
series on a five-game winning streak.
Nolasco, a native of southern California, gained his first strikeout in an LA
uniform by fanning Gerardo Parra in the first inning. Two batters later, Aaron
Hill went down swinging.
Nolasco's first at-bat for his new team resulted in an RBI. His sinking line
drive dropped in front of a diving Parra in right field to plate A.J. Ellis in
the second inning.
Andre Ethier scored on Skip Schumaker's groundout in the fourth in an inning
helped by a throwing error on Miguel Montero.
The Dodgers tacked on two runs in the fifth thanks to a botched catch attempt
from center fielder Adam Eaton, who was reinstated from the disabled list
earlier in the day.
Nolasco doubled, Carl Crawford bunted for a hit and Yasiel Puig walked to fill
the bases. Gonzalez then lofted a fly ball to center field. Eaton slipped on
the warning track, stumbled to one knee and dropped the ball. Two runners
came in, but Puig was thrown out at the plate.
Kennedy loaded the bases in the sixth, and Tony Sipp's first batter was
Gonzalez, who singled to left for a 6-0 cushion.
Prado's base hit to right plated Hill in the seventh.
Ramirez went 0-for-4 and had his career-high 19-game hitting streak broken ...
Nolasco moved to 7-2 lifetime against the Diamondbacks ... Arizona leads the
season series, 7-4 ... Eric Chavez was scratched from the Arizona lineup with
right hip stiffness ... To make room for Eaton on the roster, the Diamondbacks
optioned pitcher Charles Brewer to Triple-A Reno.
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