PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 17: Daniel Hudson #41 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives teammate Willie Bloomquist #18 after Hudson hit a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on July 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Daniel Hudson's 3 RBI Complete Game Powers Diamondbacks Over Dodgers, 4-1

There's really not much else Daniel Hudson could have done. A home run. A two-RBI hit. A complete game from the mound. Winner.

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Daniel Hudson Brilliant On Mound And With Bat, D-backs Beat Dodgers, 4-1

Daniel Hudson was a genius in his first game back from the All-Star break. As we approach the one-year mark when interim General Manager Jerry Dipoto pulled of the steal that landed him, Hudson continues to deliver. On Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hudson did it both with his bat and from the mound.

Hudson threw a complete game giving up five hits, no walks and one earned run that came on a wild pitch. From the plate, Hudson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and in the seventh added two runs when he hit the ball through the left side of the infield with the bases loaded and two outs. 

Ryan Roberts added the only other run for the D-backs with a solo home run of his own in the second inning.

Hudson earned his 10th win of the season and the Diamondbacks improve to 51-44 on the season

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Diamondbacks Have Big Second Inning, Claim 3-2 Victory Over Dodgers

The Arizona Diamondbacks scored early and managed to hold on for a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night. The Diamondbacks avenged a 6-4 loss on Friday night and evened the series 1-1.

The Dodgers scored in the top of the second inning on a Matt Kemp home run to claim an early lead, but the Diamondbacks took command later in the inning on a home run by Brandon Allen to claim a 3-1 lead. Those three runs would turn out to be the entirety of the Diamondbacks' offense for the evening.

A good performance by Ian Kennedy, however, ensured that no more runs would be needed to get the win. Kennedy (10-3) allowed just five hits and two runs in seven innings, picking up seven strikeouts along the way.

The Diamondbacks are now 50-44, just four games back of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. Arizona will be looking to cut into the Giants' division lead in Sunday's Game 3 against the Dodgers.


Geoff Blum, Brandon Allen Earn First Starts Of Season For D-backs

Geoff Blum and Brandon Allen both made their first starts of the season on Saturday night for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Blum and Allen batted sixth and seventh in the D-backs batting order, respectively. Manager Kirk Gibson is hoping that their presence in the lineup will help spur the offense, which has stagnated in recent games.

The Los Angeles Dodgers put Hiroki Kuroda on the mound against Arizona on Saturday. The series began on Friday night with a 6-4 Dodgers victory; Clayton Kershaw picked up his tenth win of the season.

Blum, 38, is making his season debut after sitting out the first half of the season with a serious knee ailment that culminated in surgery. Allen, on the other hand, is up with the big club after impressing management with his statistics at Triple A-Reno during the first half.

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Diamondbacks Rally Falls Short, Lose To Dodgers 6-4

The Arizona Diamondbacks were hoping to start the second half of the season on a positive note and keep pace with the San Francisco Giants. Instead, they continued a pattern of falling behind early and having to rally late. This time, though, they weren't able to muster enough of a rally and lost to Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 at Chase Field on Friday night.

As it was the first game after almost a week-long layoff, manager Kirk Gibson described the play by both teams as "sloppy." "We made mistakes, they made mistakes," he explained. "But ultimately we weren't able to hold after Joe got out of the game, and that's what cost us the game."

Joe Saunders started out looking solid, but Juan Rivera, making his Dodger debut, got the Dodgers going in the second inning, mashing the first pitch he saw into the left-field seats for a homerun. He also singled and scored in the fourth. Saunders, a former teammate of Rivera in Anaheim, joked after the game that he had forgotten that Rivera "likes to ambush" pitchers early in the count.

Matt Kemp did the rest of the damage for LA, hitting a two-run shot off of Saunders in the sixth and a two-run single off of Aaron Heilman in the seventh, for what would be the decisive scoring in the game. 

In the pregame press conference, Gibson talked about the need to get better middle relief help. Heilman's performance reiterates the concern that the team has, saying that they have "got to get to the eighth and ninth" for David Hernandez and J.J. Putz to close out games. However, after the the game he did emphasize that it is "not a panic situation."

The D-Backs rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Chris Young reached on an error and scored on a single by Miguel Montero. Xavier Nady later hit a three-run homer, his third on the season, to pull the team within two. 

Kershaw went seven innings for the Dodgers, allowing the four runs, but none were earned. He improved his record to 10-4 on the season while Saunders fell to 6-8, giving up four runs in six innings. 

Javy Guerra struck out pinch hitter Brandon Allen looking with two men on for the final out of the game to record the save. It was his fifth of the season. Both Gibson and Allen said that in that situation the pitch "was too close to take."

For more Arizona Diamondbacks coverage, be sure to visit AZ Snakepit.


Brandon Allen Not In Starting Lineup, Xavier Nady Starts At 1B For Diamondbacks

Brandon Allen is with the big league club once again, but he will not start tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Allen, a left-handed batter, will sit against all-star lefty Clayton Kershaw, who is sitting at 9-4 with a 3.03 ERA for the 41-51 Dodgers.

Xavier Nady will play first base tonight for the Arizona Diamondbacks, batting eighth and giving manager Kirk Gibson another right-handed bat in the lineup.

Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Dodgers tomorrow, and you can expect Allen to make his first start of the season against the right-hander.

Allen hit .306 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI for Triple-A Reno during the first half of the season, prompting GM Kevin Towers to promote him as a replacement for the struggling Juan Miranda. As Jess Root reported earlier this evening, Allen will get a lot of playing time for the Diamondbacks, so this is just Gibson playing the match-up tonight.


Barry Enright To Start Tuesday, Updates On Putz, Allen, Gutierrez

At the pregame press conference before the Friday game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers to begin the second half of the season, manager Kirk Gibson gave some updates about changes in the pitching rotation and roster in general. He also gave some information regarding some players that are currently injured. The first revelation is that pitcher Barry Enright will replace Zach Duke in the starting rotation beginning Tuesday, while Josh Collmenter will make his start on Monday.

Duke, at least for now, will take a spot in the bullpen, giving the team an extra arm before Enright is called up. They will wait until Tuesday to make the corresponding roster moves. 

Gibson also said that Brandon Allen, recently recalled from AAA Reno to replace Juan Miranda, would play "quite a bit." With the addition of Allen and infielder Geoff Blum, it gives Gibson a lot of flexibility on the bench, as the team will have several players who have the capability of playing multiple positions.

As for updates with injuries, reliever Juan Gutierrez is still on the shelf for an undefined amount of time, with issues related to muscles around his elbow, but not the elbow itself. Injured closer J.J. Putz threw on Sunday and Thursday without any issues, and is set to throw again this coming Sunday. They working to get him built up so he can go multiple games in a row.

With the 92 games in the books for Arizona and only 3.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants for the NL West lead, it will be fun to see what happens with the team in the weeks that are ahead.

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