LOS ANGELES – Jose Cruz Jr. hit one of four solo homers off Derek Lowe, and added an RBI double Saturday as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Arizona left fielder Luis Gonzalez preserved the victory by diving into the stands to catch Jason Phillips’ bid for a game-tying, two-run homer in the eighth.

The win was just the fifth in 16 games for the Diamondbacks, while the Dodgers lost for the 13th time in 18 games.

Chad Tracy, Cruz and Alex Cintron, three of the first seven Arizona batters, hit home runs, and Shawn Green added another leading off the third. Cruz and Cintron connected on the first two pitches of the second.

The four homers were the most Lowe (5-9) has given up in 414 major league appearances – 138 starts. Lowe, who lost his fourth straight decision, entered having allowed only nine homers in 110 2-3 innings this season.

Claudio Vargas (3-4) won his third straight start, giving up six hits and four runs, two earned, in five innings. Two of the hits were solo homers by J.D. Drew, who drove in three runs.

Brian Bruney, the fifth Arizona pitcher, worked the ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances.

After Green’s homer in the third, the Diamondbacks added another run on Craig Counsell’s two-out, bunt single for a 5-1 lead.

Drew hit a two-out homer in the first, and Jayson Werth added a two-out, two-run single in the third to cut Arizona’s lead to 5-3. Those runs were unearned thanks to an error by third baseman Troy Glaus.

The Diamondbacks got a run back in the fourth off Elmer Dessens when Cruz blooped a two-out, RBI double, but Drew hit his second homer in the fifth to make it 6-4.

The Dodgers closed within one run in the seventh when Drew hit a two-out, RBI single off Javier Lopez. Greg Aquino relieved and walked Jeff Kent to load the bases before retiring Werth on a fly to center.

The Diamondbacks got that run back in the eighth when Duaner Sanchez committed his first career balk, allowing Gonzalez to score from third.

Lowe gave up nine hits and five runs in three innings in his shortest outing of the season. It could have been worse, but the Diamondbacks stranded six baserunners while he was in the game.

Notes: Dodgers SS Cesar Izturis missed his second game because of a sore right hamstring. Manager Jim Tracy said Izturis won’t return before Monday. … Arizona closer Brandon Lyon threw off a mound for the first time since straining his right elbow May 13. The Diamondbacks hope he’ll be able to begin a minor league rehab assignment within two weeks. … Lowe became just the second Los Angeles starter to pitch less than five innings in 32 games. … The Diamondbacks recalled LHP Michael Gosling from Triple-A Tucson of the Pacific Coast League and optioned RHP Brandon Medders to Tucson. … Drew has two multihomer games this year and nine in his career. His second homer traveled an estimated 448 feet.

AP-ES-07-02-05 1939EDT


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