Diamondbacks Display Power And Strikeouts In 5-4 Win Over Dodgers

And so ends the home portion of the 2010 season. The D-backs K'd 14 times but pulled ahead in the 8th off Abreu and Young's two-run home runs.

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D-backs Steal Last Home Series, Beat Dodgers 5-4

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Tony Abreu and Chris Young each hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lead Arizona to a comeback 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Miguel Montero had a career-high two triples and scored once for the Diamondbacks, who recorded their first series win over Los Angeles since August 14-16, 2009. Sam Demel (2-1) received the win despite giving up two runs in one inning of relief.

Juan Gutierrez earned his 14th save of the season.

Chad Billingsley was in line for the win after tying a career-high with 13 strikeouts in seven strong innings for the Dodgers, who have lost eight of 11. Billingsley, who had lost his last three starts, allowed just one run on four hits and a walk.

Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer, and James Loney added a two-run double in defeat.

After Billingsley departed, the Dodgers bullpen ran into some trouble in the eighth.

With one out, George Sherrill walked Stephen Drew before surrendering Abreu's home run, cutting Arizona's deficit to 4-3. After Sherrill yielded a single to Kelly JohnsonJonathan Broxton (5-6) came in and served up Young's go-ahead two-run blast to left.

Gutierrez came in and pitched around a two-out single in the ninth to seal the win for Arizona.

Both teams lit the scoreboard in the fifth, when the Dodgers scored twice and the Diamondbacks answered with one run.

The first two Los Angeles batters were retired in the fifth, but Ryan Theriot and Matt Kemp both singled to keep the inning alive. Loney followed with a double to center that brought in both runners.

Montero led off the home half with a triple and was able to score two batters later on Cole Gillespie's sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers looked to increase their lead in the sixth with runners on the corners and one out, but Rafael Furcal grounded into a double play.

Montero began the seventh with another triple, but was thrown out at home trying to score on a Gillespie ground ball. Gerardo Parra struck out to end the threat.

Barajas added a two-run homer for Los Angeles in the eighth.

The Diamondbacks have won five of six overall...Barajas hit his 17th homer of the season...Montero hit his first two triples of the season...The Dodgers still lead the season series, 11-4...Abreu hit his third career homer and first since 2007 while with the Dodgers...Joe Saunders started for Arizona and gave up two runs in five innings...Broxton recorded his seventh blown save of the season.


Diamondbacks Send Saunders To The Mound For Final Home Game, 1:10 P.M. AZT

(Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks will try to produce their first series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers this season when the National League West foes wrap up a three-game set this afternoon at Chase Field.

The Dodgers have dominated Arizona over the course of this 2010 campaign, having won 11 of the 14 meetings between the clubs. The Diamondbacks haven't taken a series from Los Angeles since winning two of three matchups in Phoenix from August 14-16, 2009.

They're in position to possibly end that drought today, however, after coming through with a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers last night behind another outstanding performance from rookie Dan Hudson. The midseason acquisition yielded a mere two hits and came one out away from notching his first career complete game.

Hudson was touched for a pair of runs and was removed after allowing an RBI single to James Loney with two outs in the ninth, but still managed to improve to 7-1 with a splendid 1.69 earned run average in 11 starts since coming over in a late-July trade with the Chicago White Sox.

"He has a good feel for what he has to do at any given time," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson about Hudson. "The key for him will be if he can continue to improve, throw strikes and get deep into games."

Cole Gillespie was the offensive star for the Diamondbacks, belting a three- run homer off Dodgers starter John Ely in the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and help his team prevail for the fourth time in its last five games.

Ely (4-9) did strike out seven Arizona batters in 5 1/3 innings but surrendered four runs and hurt himself with walks, issuing six free passes in dropping his fourth straight decision.

"He needs to give himself a better chance to get ahead of hitters," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "That is what the difference is from when he came to us early [in the season]. Then he was getting ahead in the count and it made a big difference."

Arizona will be sending out another pitcher acquired just prior to the July 31 trade deadline in today's finale, with Joe Saunders attempting to build off one of his best outings as a Diamondback. The ex-Angel limited Colorado to one run on six hits and struck out seven without a walk over eight sharp innings to best the Rockies at Chase Field last Tuesday.

Since joining Arizona as part of the trade that sent ace pitcher Dan Haren to Anaheim, Saunders has compiled a 3-6 record with a 4.46 ERA in 11 starts. Counting his time with the Angels, the left-hander has suffered 16 losses on the season, tied with Baltimore's Kevin Millwood for the most in the majors.

Saunders has yet to face the Dodgers as a member of the Diamondbacks, but made three starts against them during his tenure with Los Angeles' crosstown rival. He's 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles, which has lost seven of its last 10 contests, will send out Chad Billingsley in today's rubber match. The durable right-hander will be aiming to halt a personal three-start losing streak that has dropped his 2010 record to 11-11.

Billingsley is coming off a five-inning stint against San Diego in which he was reached for five runs on six hits and walked three in a 6-0 setback. He received a hard-luck loss in his previous assignment, holding San Francisco to one run and striking out seven over seven frames but getting no run support back on September 15.

The 2009 All-Star does own an 8-5 record with a 3.70 ERA in 19 career appearances (17 starts) against Arizona and has yet to lose to the Diamondbacks this year, having gone 1-0 with a 4.68 ERA in four starts. That victory took place at Chase Field on May 10, with Billingsley permitting two runs on only three hits and striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings of work.

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