Dodgers-Diamondbacks: Randy Wolf Steals Show in 9-3 Victory

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Dodgers-Diamondbacks: Randy Wolf Steals Show in 9-3 Victory

The Los Angeles Dodgers played long ball to avoid being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks as Andre Ethier, Orlando Hudson, and even starting pitcher Randy Wolf all belted home runs in the 9-3 drubbing on Sunday afternoon.

Wolf, who worked eight innings and allowed only one run in a victory against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, set down 20 batters in a row for the Dodgers (70-48) after allowing a one-out single in the bottom of the first.

Rusty Ryal, who tagged Hiroki Kuroda with a line drive last night, hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to break the consecutive batters retired streak and also end the shutout effort.

The 32-year-old veteran used an early lead to work ahead in the count with his fastball and strike out a season high 10 batters as he worked seven and 2/3 innings, surrendering three runs on five hits.

He also went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, a double, and three RBI. The home run was his first since he hit two in one game against the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 11, 2004, when he was with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The top three hitters in the Los Angeles order all collected multi-hit games in a juggled lineup due to a day off for Rafael Furcal, who normally bats leadoff.

Instead, Matt Kemp took over the leadoff duties for the first time this season and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to spring a slumping Dodgers offense to a productive day against the Diamondbacks (54-64).

He began the game with a double high off the wall in centerfield and Hudson followed that with a single just over the outstretched arms of third baseman Mark Reynolds.

Ethier then blasted a high changeup from Arizona starter Yusmeiro Petit over the right-field wall to plate three runs in the first inning and put L.A. on top 3-0.

It was a team-leading 24th home run of the season for Ethier, who would add three more hits on the afternoon, including an RBI double, to go 4-for-5 with four RBI and raise his season average to .281.

The Boys in Blue were at it again with the home run ball the fourth inning when Wolf launched a two-strike, two-out, two-run home run to cushion his lead on the mound to 5-0.

Kemp then legged out an infield single, and on the first pitch Hudson saw he sent a souvenir into the right field seats to break the game open at 7-0.

Los Angeles added to their cushion and made it a 9-0 lead with two more runs in the eighth, when both Wolf and Ethier smacked RBI doubles.

The Diamondbacks showed some fight in the bottom of the eighth when they finally broke through for a few runs off Wolf, who had dominated until that point.

After the Ryal leadoff home run, Augie Ojeda brought a run across on an RBI groundout, and then Stephen Drew tripled home a run to slim the deficit to six at 9-3 and chase Wolf from the game.

The Dodgers return home to Dodger Stadium tomorrow to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Los Angeles will send knuckleballer Charlie Haeger to the mound for his first start of the season.

 

 

 

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WP: Wolf (7-6)

LP: Petit (2-7)

 

Notes from Sunday afternoon

 

Kuroda Appears to Be OK

Hiroki Kuroda was at the ballpark in Arizona today less than 24 after being carted off the field. During an incredibly scary moment, Kuroda was tagged in the head with a line drive in the right side of his head.

He was diagnosed with a concussion and doctors kept him awake all night as a precaution, but the Dodgers are yet to rule out a trip to the disabled list.  

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers

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