Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Chris Young drove in a career-high five runs and scored three times while finishing a triple shy of the cycle, as the Arizona Diamondbacks dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 12-5, in the opener of a three-game series at Chase Field.
The victory came a day after the club fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Josh Byrnes. Jerry Dipoto took over the general manager duties in the interim, while Kirk Gibson was named the manager of the team for the remainder of the season.
In fact, this proved to be the second straight year the Diamondbacks have fired a manager in-season after dismissing Bob Melvin in May of last year. Prior to Friday's game, Arizona was 17 games under .500 at 31-48 and 15 games back of the first-place San Diego Padres in the National League West.
"I felt like it was my first major league game again toe honest with you," Gibson said. "It's a great feeling. I don't know how many people would really enjoy that type of feeling, but it's like euphoric, and it was like my first at-bat. You just have to control things and keep the game slow, and the guys did a great job tonight."
Edwin Jackson (6-6) made his first start since tossing a no-hitter against the Rays last Friday. It was hardly a flawless outing, though, as the right-hander walked eight batters and used an incredible 149 pitches - the most ever in a no-hitter - in the team's 1-0 win.
This time around, Jackson got through just one inning before giving up a hit. He ended up allowing four runs on seven hits in five frames to win his third straight start. He also fanned four batters and walked three.
Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda (7-6) got rocked in 1 2/3 frames, giving up a season-high six earned runs on eight hits.
"It looked like he was decent with the fastball," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said of Kuroda. "Everytime he tried to use something other than the fastball, he just couldn't throw it where he wanted to, like last outing, where he gave up a three run homer and settled in. He wasn't able to do that tonight."
The Diamondbacks gave Jackson some insurance this time around, as the home team scored three times in the first inning. Young singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and crossed the plate on Kelly Johnson's base hit. Arizona put runners on first and second with one out for Reynolds, who hit an RBI single. Tony Abreu knocked in a run with a double two batters later.
Los Angeles plated two runs in the top of the second to make it 3-2. With men on second and third with two outs, DeWitt hit a two-run single.
Arizona responded with three runs in the home second. Jackson and Johnson singled with one out. Jackson scored two batters later on Kuroda's wild pitch. Montero followed with a run-scoring double. Reynolds then hit an RBI single for a 6-2 lead.
Loney's run-scoring base hit in the top of the third made it a three-run game. The Diamondbacks, though, scored three more runs in the bottom half. Young hit a two-run double and Montero added a sacrifice fly to make it 9-3.
The Dodgers got an RBI single from Loney in the fifth and a run-scoring double from DeWitt in the sixth to cut the gap to 9-5.
Young's three-run homer in the seventh accounted for the final margin.
The Dodgers have still won eight of the 10 meetings with Arizona this season...Los Angeles outfielder Manny Ramirez had an MRI Thursday on his injured right hamstring which showed inflammation in the area...Gibson is the fourth manager since 2001 to make his debut against a team he formerly played for. He played for the Dodgers from 1988-1990, winning a World Series with the club in '88...Kuroda fell to 2-4 in nine career starts against Arizona...Andre Ethier had three hits for Los Angeles, which went 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.