Going deep helps D-backs win first home series of year

2014-05-19T00:00:00Z Going deep helps D-backs win first home series of yearThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 19, 2014 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX — Finally, the Arizona 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 Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Sunday for their first series win at Chase Field all season.

After setting a team record for runs Saturday night in an 18-7 rout, the Diamondbacks 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.”

Ross, batting .163 entering the game after coming back from major hip surgery, also doubled for Arizona, which has won two straight over the Dodgers after losing eight of the first nine meetings this season.

“I felt something in BP 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 5ª innings to get the win. Addison Reed threw a scoreless ninth for his 12th save. Collmenter was lifted after 84 pitches, allowing 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.”

Even with the win, the D-backs are just 6-16 at Chase Field this season.

Haren gave up five runs, a season-high four earned, and 10 hits in six innings.

Owings led off the fifth with a single. With two outs and a 3-2 count, Chavez — who entered in the fourth after Martin Prado left with blurred vision in his left eye — hit an opposite-field homer to left. That gave Chavez home runs in consecutive at-bats. He also had a pinch-hit shot Saturday.

After first baseman Paul Goldschmidt dropped a relay throw for an inning-ending double play, the Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs against Brad Ziegler in the eighth. But second baseman Cliff Pennington caught Matt Kemp’s liner to end the threat.

Former Arizona great Randy Johnson threw out the ceremonial first pitch to commemorate his perfect game 10 years ago at Atlanta.

The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig went 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch, ending his 16-game hitting streak.

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