Dodgers 6, D-backs 4


LOS ANGELES – J.D. Drew homered and Bill Mueller drove in two runs with a double that highlighted a four-run first inning to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Sunday.

Brett Tomko (2-1) gave up two runs – one earned – and four hits over six innings while striking out four. The right-hander allowed only two baserunners after Orlando Hudson’s bloop RBI double with one out in the second and departed with a 6-2 lead.

Hong-Chih Kuo pitched 1 2-3 innings in relief of Tomko and was charged with two runs in the eighth, after Danys Baez gave up an RBI single by Johnny Estrada and a run-scoring double by pinch-hitter Tony Clark. But Baez got the last four outs for his fourth save in five chances.

Drew, who began last season in an 0-for-25 rut, is hitting .339 with three home runs and 14 RBIs. He went 5-for-10 with two homers and four RBIs in the three-game series, and has reached base safely in all 16 games he has played.

Russ Ortiz (0-3) threw 63 pitches and lasted just 1 2-3 innings, allowing four runs, four hits and five walks. The right-hander, who was forced out of his previous start because of a cramp in his right calf, is 1-12 over his last 17 starts since consecutive road wins over Colorado and Houston last May. He was a 21-game winner in 2003 with Atlanta.

Tomko threw 36 pitches in the first inning, giving up an unearned run when first baseman Olmedo Saenz fielded Shawn Green’s bases-loaded grounder and blew the play while trying to flip the ball with his glove to Tomko at the bag.

But the Dodgers batted around in the bottom of the inning, grabbing a 4-1 lead with a two-out RBI double by Saenz, Mueller’s double to right-center and a run-scoring single by Ricky Ledee.

Jason Repko led off the fourth with a double and came around on consecutive groundouts by Drew and Jeff Kent, making it 5-1. Drew gave the Dodgers their six run with a solo homer in the sixth against Juan Cruz.

Tomko benefited from an unorthodox double play in the fifth. Hudson took off for second base as Chad Tracy struck out for the third straight time. Catcher Dioner Navarro’s attempted throw glanced off Tracy’s bat, and plate umpire Randy Marsh called Hudson out because of batter’s interference. Hudson was not charged with a caught stealing, and Navarro was credited with an unassisted double play.

Notes: Ortiz was 6-0 in his previous seven starts at Dodger Stadium. … Green, who was constantly booed by fans for not diving after balls that were out of his reach when he played for the Dodgers, robbed Ledee of extra bases with a diving catch in right field in the third inning. … A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Dodgers broadcaster Rick Monday, who prevented two protesters from burning an American Flag on the field at Dodger Stadium 30 years ago Tuesday by running up behind them and snatching it away. He was playing for the Chicago Cubs at the time. … Before Monday’s pitch, there was another one – by former Los Angeles Kings star Luc Robitaille, who ended his 19-year NHL career a week ago. His catcher was fellow Montreal native Eric Gagne. … Gagne, who underwent surgery on his right elbow Apr. 7, will not travel to Houston with the club – but will join them in next Friday in San Diego to begin a light throwing program on flat ground from 60 to 90 feet.

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