Juan Uribe sets career high with three home runs, Dodgers club six as a team.

Juan Uribe

Juan Uribe went 4 for 4 with three home runs in the Dodgers’ 8-1 win on Monday night. (Associated Press photo)

Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig had a unique way of showing love to Juan Uribe on Monday night, peeling a banana and stuffing it in his mouth.

Uribe almmost exhausted the clubhouse banana supply.

The embattled Dodgers third baseman, after going 18 games without a home run, hit a career-high three homers in the Dodgers’ 8-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks before an announced crowd of 52,410 at Dodger Stadium.

It was the most home runs for a Dodger since Andre Ethier’s three-homer game on June 26, 2009 against the Mariners.

Uribe homered twice off Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado. The latter, a two-run shot to left field, ended Delgado’s day with two outs in the third inning and gave the Dodgers a 5-0 lead. His third and final home run came in his third at-bat of the game, in the fifth inning against left-hander Eury De La Rosa.

Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez also hit home runs, and the Dodgers’ six home runs were their most in seven years.

Uribe was a focal of point of fan criticism during the first two years of his three-year, $21 million free-agent contract with the Dodgers. He batted .204 with four home runs in 2011, the first year of the deal. Last year he lost his starting job to journeyman Luis Cruz midway through the season, and finished with two home runs and a .191 batting average.

Cruz was the starting third baseman on Opening Day this season, but eventually lost his job to Uribe, who now has a .279 batting average to go with 10 home runs in 2013.

In the seventh inning, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson summoned right-hander Heath Bell from the bullpen to face Uribe with runners on second and third base and two outs. Only three major-league relievers have allowed more home runs this season than Bell (12), who’s allowed two home runs to Uribe in 12 career at-bats.

Uribe didn’t homer, though he drove in a run by beating out an infield single on a ground ball to third base. He finished 4 for 4 — tying a career high for hits in a game — with four RBIs.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.