D-backs take down Dodgers for first home series win of year
PHOENIX (AP) — Finally, the Diamondbacks won a series at home.
Cody Ross hit his first home run of the year, Eric Chavez went deep for the second consecutive day and the D-backs beat the Dodgers 5-3 on Sunday to earn their first series win at Chase Field all season.
After setting a team record for runs Saturday night in an 18-7 rout, Arizona broke a 3-all tie with Chavez’s two-run shot off Dan Haren (5-2) in the fifth inning.
"We kind of went in there with a little momentum," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Last night’s game was good for us. The thing about last night’s game is, unless you play good (today), it doesn’t really mean anything."
Ross, batting .163 entering the game after coming back from major hip surgery, also doubled for the Diamondbacks, who have won two straight over the Dodgers after losing eight of the first nine meetings this season.
"I felt something in B.P. the other day where I was, ‘All right, I can start driving the ball,’" Ross said.
Chris Owings singled three times and stole two bases for the Diamondbacks. The rookie is 9 for 11 against Haren.
Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez homered for the Dodgers, who have lost three of four.
"Obviously, you don’t want to keep losing series. If you lose series, you are not going to go anywhere," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "I am really worried about day to day. Till we can grind out wins, we are in trouble."
Josh Collmenter (2-2) went 5 1/3 innings to get the win. Addison Reed threw a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.
Collmenter was lifted after 84 pitches, having allowed two runs and four hits.
"If you can beat division rivals at home, that’s big," Collmenter said. "Especially the way we’ve been able to play halfway decent on the road. If we can match that at home, I think we can get our record where we want it to be."
Haren gave up five runs, a season-high four earned, and 10 hits in six innings.
"The last three games have been a struggle for me," he said. "Prior to that, I was fine. I have to look and see what I was doing earlier in the year."
Owings led off the fifth with a single. Later in the frame, with two outs and a 3-2 count, Chavez — who had entered in the fourth after Martin Prado left with blurred vision in his left eye — homered to left-center.
That gave Chavez home runs in consecutive at-bats, as he also had a pinch-hit shot Saturday.
In the eighth, after D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt dropped a relay throw for what would have been an inning-ending double play, the Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs against Brad Ziegler. But second baseman Cliff Pennington caught Matt Kemp’s liner to end the inning.
Ramirez’s two-out homer in the first gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.
Arizona tied it with an unearned run in the second. Ross doubled and scored when Ramirez threw wildly to first while trying to turn what would have been an inning-ending double play.
In the third, Ramirez walked and Gonzalez homered to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
The Diamondbacks cut it to 3-2 when Gerardo Parra led off the bottom half with a single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Owings’ single.
Ross’ first home run of the season tied it at 3 in the fourth.
Even with the victory, the Diamondbacks are 6-16 at Chase Field this season.
NOTES: Randy Johnson threw out the ceremonial first pitch to commemorate his perfect game 10 years ago. … Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig went 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch, ending his 16-game hitting streak. … Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill sat out his second straight game with a sore right shoulder. … The Diamondbacks have Monday off. After that, they visit St. Louis on Tuesday, where Bronson Arroyo (4-2, 4.15 ERA) will start against the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (6-2, 2.11).