Dodgers Fall In Opener With Arizona

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Dodgers Fall To Diamondbacks, 7-5

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer and added an RBI double to help Zach Kroenke to his first major league win, as Arizona held on for a 7-5 victory against the Dodgers to begin a three-game set from Chavez Ravine.

Kroenke (1-0) gave up just two hits and a run over five innings in his first major league start. The left-hander was filling in for the injured Daniel Hudson after appearing in relief twice this month for the Diamondbacks, who were coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of San Francisco.

Matt Kemp homered for a third straight game and knocked in two for Los Angeles, which was coming off a three-game sweep of Colorado. Starter John Ely (4-10) was hammered for seven runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings to extend a winless streak to six starts (0-5).

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Tonight's Dodgers-Diamondbacks Lineups: Brad Ausmus Managerial Edition

Brad Ausmus is managing tonight's game, keeping alive a tradition of Joe Torre-managed teams to let his players manage and coach the final game of the season. Since Torre is stepping down after this season, he will manage his final game Sunday, with the players managing and serving as coaches tonight and tomorrow.

Here are tonight's lineups:

Arizona
Drew SS
Young CF
Johnson 2B
LaRoche 1B
Reynolds 3B
Allen LF
Parra RF
Schmidt C
Kroenke P

Dodgers
Theriot 2B
Blake 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Mitchell LF
Ellis C
Hu SS
Ely P

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Dodgers Begin Final Homestand With Arizona

(Sports Network) - Joe Torre's final home series for the Los Angeles Dodgers will commence tonight with the first of three straight games against the National League West-foe Arizona Diamondbacks from Chavez Ravine.

Torre announced last month that he will be stepping down as manager of the Dodgers and hopes to finish with a .500 record, since Los Angeles is three games under that mark heading into the final series of the 2010 campaign. Don Mattingly has worked with Torre for many years and will take over as manager for the 2011 season.

The Dodgers just swept Colorado in three games and have won five of their last seven contests, including Wednesday's 7-6 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. Matt Kemp clubbed a grand slam in a five-run third inning and James Loney knocked in two runs for Los Angeles, which won't have a chance for three straight NLCS appearances.

"I hit it pretty good," Kemp said about his 25th homer of the season. "I just put a good swing on it and good things happen when you do that."

Carlos Monasterios started for Los Angeles and did not record a decision for yielding five runs over 4 2/3 innings. Ramon Troncoso collected the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Ronald Belisario later held on for his second save in the ninth, despite allowing a run and two hits.

Rookie John Ely draws the start for Torre's club Friday night and is winless in his last five trips to the bump (0-4). He was beaten by Arizona in Phoenix last Saturday in a 5-2 loss, as he surrendered four runs on seven hits and six walks over 5 1/3 innings. He fell to 4-9 in 17 starts and raised his earned run average to 5.10.

Ely, a right-hander, is 1-1 in three starts against the D'Backs.

Arizona was swept in three games at San Francisco and is coming off Thursday's 4-1 loss in the series finale. Kelly Johnson had two hits and starting pitcher Barry Enright scored Mark Reynolds with a sacrifice fly in defeat.

Enright gave up three homers and four runs in five innings to absorb the loss.

"We want to be in [the Giants'] position next year," Enright said. "That's going to be our goal. That's going to be what we're striving for in the offseason, spring training and beyond."

Zach Kroenke is scheduled to make his first major league start for the Diamondbacks tonight and owns a 21.60 earned run average in two relief appearances in September. He lasted 1 1/3 innings and allowed three runs in a 13-4 setback at Colorado on Sept. 10, then yielded a run in just one-third of an inning in a 9-6 setback in Pittsburgh eight days later.

The left-hander is taking the spot of injured pitcher Daniel Hudson and went 7-3 with a 3.51 ERA with Triple-A Reno.

Los Angeles has dominated the season series with Arizona by an 11-4 count and is 5-1 in the six games played at Dodger Stadium. LA swept a three-game set in Hollywood from May 31 - June 2.

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