Postgame: Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 2

The Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 tonight at Dodger Stadium. For a full recap and boxscore click here

THE BARE ESSENTIALS:

* Jon Garland, making his first start with the Dodgers since being traded to L.A. from Arizona on Monda, allowed two runs in 7.0 innings, retiring the last 14 batters he faced…he is now 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA (6 ER/20.0 IP) in his last three starts.

* Casey Blake went 3-for-4 with a double, leaving him just five hits shy of 1,000 in his career (995).

* Manny Ramirez hit a lead-off home run in the fourth inning to ties the game 2-2, his 16th home run of the year.

* Ronnie Belliard went 2-for-3 with three RBI and is batting .333 (4-for-12) with one homer and four RBI in four games as a Dodger.

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* After sharing the NL’s top record with the Cardinals for one day, Los Angeles claimed back the Senior Circuit’s top spot and now leads Philadelphia and St. Louis by 1.0 game.

* Garland became the 12th different Dodgers starting pitcher, one more than last year’s total of 11 and one shy of the Los Angeles Dodgers record of 13 set in 1964… he became the first Dodger starter to earn a victory in the last seven games.

* Jonathan Broxton picked up his 31st save, which ranks 10th on the all-time Dodger single season saves list, trailing Todd Worrell’s 32 in 1995 by one for the ninth spot…Eric Gagne has the Dodger record with 77 saves in both 2002 and 2003.

ON DECK:

* The Dodgers open a three-game home series against the San Diego Padres Friday by sending LHP Clayton Kershaw (8-7, 2.94) against LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 9.58).

Postgame: Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1

The Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 4-1 at Dodger Stadium tonight. For a full box and recap click here

THE BARE ESSENTIALS:

* The Dodgers had no answer for Arizona starter Max Scherze, whor tossed a career-high 7.2 innings for the second time, matching his effort from June 11 vs. San Francisco. The only Dodger to have success was Andre Ethier, who went 3-for-4 and is now batting .367 (29-for-79) with 15 RBI in his last 20 games with an at bat. Manny Ramirez had an RBI single.

* Chad Billingsley was perfect through four innings, but gave up four runs in the fifth inning to take the loss.

* Matt Kemp’s career-long home run streak ended at four games.

* Doug Mientkiewicz stroked a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning in his first game since April 16, when his dislocated his shoulder sliding into second base.

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* Dodgers failed to hit a long ball after a season-long eight consecutive games with a home

* The Dodgers and the Cardinals share the National League’s best record with identical 79-55 marks….The two clubs had matching 17-8 records on May 2, and Los Angeles had been in sole possession of the Senior Circuit’s top mark for 92 consecutive days.

* Charlie Haeger made his first relief appearance in a Dodger uniform, tossing a scoreless ninth…Each of his last three relief appearances have come at Dodger Stadium, the previous two (Sept. 23-24, 2008) coming as a member of the San Diego Padres.

ON DECK:

* In the finale of the four-game series Thursday, the Dodgers send newcomer RHP Jon Garland (8-11, 4.29) against his former teammates at RHP Billy Buckner (2-5, 8.63).

Postgame: Arizona 5, Dodgers 3

The Dodgers fell to Arizona 5-3 tonight at Dodger Stadium.

THE BARE ESSENTIALS:

* The Diamondbacks scored two runs in the tenth inning off James McDonald to put the game away.

* Ronnie Belliard launched a solo home run in the second inning, becoming the first Dodger to homer in his first at bat with the club since Garey Ingram’s pinch-hit homer in his first big league plate appearance on May 19, 1994 vs. Colorado…Jose Offerman (8/19/90 vs. MON) and Dusty Baker (4/9/76 vs. SF) are the only two other players to accomplish this feat in Los Angeles Dodgers history…Each of these occurrences was a solo home run…Thanks to Stats LLC for the research.

* Matt Kemp homered in three straight games for the second time in his career, previously doing so from June 1-3, 2006 in his fifth, sixth, and seventh career Major League games.

* The Dodgers homered for the seventh consecutive game, their longest streak of the season…Los Angeles matched its longest streak from 2008, when it homered in seven straight from August 30-September 6…The Dodgers homered in nine consecutive games from July 18-26, 2007.

* Randy Wolf is unbeaten in his last six starts, going 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA (12 ER/42.0 IP)…It marked Wolf’s 14th no decision.

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* The Dodgers homered for the seventh consecutive game, their longest streak of the season…Los Angeles matched its longest streak from 2008, when it homered in seven straight from August 30-September 6…The Dodgers homered in nine consecutive games from July 18-26, 2007.

* The Dodgers compiled a 14-15 record in August, marking their first losing record in a calendar month and matching their win total from June (14-12).

* Los Angeles acquired 1B Jim Thome from the Chicago White Sox and RHP Jon Garland from the Arizona Diamondbacks, both for players to be named later.

* The Dodgers became the first team in baseball to reach three million fans in attendance with this year’s total of 3,004,726 through 66 home games. It is the 14th consecutive season that Los Angeles has reached the three million attendance plateau.

ON DECK:
* In Game 2 of the four game series the Dodgers send RHP Vicente Padilla (1-0, 3.60) against RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-8, 5.59)

Official: Dodgers comments on Garland

The official release:

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired veteran right-handed pitcher Jon Garland from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a player to be named later. General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

“Jon has been a consistent winner in the big leagues for eight consecutive seasons and we’re excited about how this deepens our starting rotation,” said Colletti. “He also demonstrated a few years ago that he knows how to pitch when the stakes are high.”

Garland has won at least 10 games over the last seven seasons and currently has eight wins with Arizona this year. From 2002-2008, the right-hander averaged nearly 14 victories per season and won a career-high 18 in both 2005 and 2006.

In the 2005 playoffs with the Chicago White Sox, Garland won Game 3 of the ALCS against the Angels, firing a complete game four-hitter. In Game 3 of the 2005 World Series vs. the Astros, Garland allowed just two earned runs over 7.0 innings in a game the White Sox would win in 15 innings.

Garland was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft and was traded as a minor leaguer from the Cubs to the white Sox in 1998. Following eight seasons on the South Side, Garland was traded to the Angels before the 2008 season and went 14-8 in Anaheim last year. this season, Garland is 8-11 with a 4.29 ERA in 27 starts, but owns a 3.86 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break.

The durable right-hander has been on the disabled list just one time in his career, missing only 15 days in 2003 with Chicago. Garland has tossed 1,793.0 career innings, including 1,606.1 since 2002, which ranks ninth in the Major Leagues over that time.

Since his debut in 2000, the Valencia, California native has gone 114-100 with a 4.45 ERA in 305 career games (285 starts). The 29-year old was a 2005 American League All-Star and his and his 68 wins since 2005 rank 11th in the Major Leagues over that time.

Garland is a 1997 graduate of Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, where he was a two-time All-State Player of the Year and a high school All-America.

Postgame: Dodgers 2, Cubs 1

The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1 tonight at Dodger Stadium. For a full box and recap

THE BARE ESSENTIALS:

* Three Dodger pitchers combined to limit the Cubs to a season-low one hit…The last time the Dodgers one-hit an opponent was July 7, 2008, when Hiroki Kuroda shut out the Braves 3-0…the Cubs were limited to one hit for the first time since August 31, 2005 by Derek Lowe and the Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

* On the eve of his 33rd birthday, Randy Wolf went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk, and two RBI…With 11 RBI, he tied his career high set in 2003 as a member of the Phillies…Wolf also tied a career-best four-game hit streak, going 6-for-10 (.600) with two doubles, a home run, and five RBI in that span…Wolf’s 11 RBI are tops among Dodger pitchers and are the most RBI by a Los Angeles pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela’s 11 RBI in 1990…Don Drysdale holds the Los Angeles Dodgers record for RBI by a pitcher with 19 set in 1965.

* Wolf allowed a season-low one hit in 7.0 innings…he is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA (5 ER/22.2 IP) in his last three starts.

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* Los Angeles improved to 73-50 and leads St. Louis (70-54) by 3.5 games for the best record in the Senior Circuit.

* Juan Pierre has six hits in his last 10 pinch-hit opportunities dating to August 8…Pierre is batting .333 (10-for-30) with two walks and two sacrifices in 34 pinch-hitting appearances overall.

* The Dodgers improved to 22-16 in one-run games, 18-6 at home.