DODGERS 6, D-BACKS 1

Dodgers' Nolasco deals, hits in debut

Eaton error costly, Dodgers close in on NL West leader
2013-07-10T00:00:00Z Dodgers' Nolasco deals, hits in debutThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Ricky Nolasco looked right at home in Dodger blue.

The right-hander made a sparkling debut for surging Los Angeles on Tuesday night, limiting Arizona to four hits in seven innings in a 6-1 victory, the Dodgers' 14th win in 17 games.

"I was pretty pumped up," Nolasco said. "I haven't been that locked in in a long time. I was able to make good pitches. The energy and adrenaline was going those first few innings, so it was awesome."

Nolasco (6-8), acquired Saturday in a trade with the Miami Marlins, also doubled and singled, driving in a run and scoring another.

"It just gives you more confidence when you're adding it to (Clayton) Kershaw, (Zack) Greinke and Hyun-Jin (Ryu), three pretty kind of top-notch guys there at the top of the rotation," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Then to add Ricky, if he can pitch like this, every time you go out there you think you've got a good chance to win."

Ian Kennedy (3-5), facing the Dodgers for the first time since serving a 10-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl a month ago in Los Angeles, allowed six runs, five earned, and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He hit Hanley Ramirez with a pitch in the first inning.

The Dodgers pulled within 2 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.

Plate umpire Marvin Hudson warned both benches after Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario hit Miguel Montero in the leg with a pitch in the ninth inning. Belisario had warned after the brawl that "it's not over."

He repeated that sentiment after the game but insisted he didn't hit Montero on purpose.

"It's not over," Belisario said, "but it wasn't on purpose."

The Dodgers have won 11 of their last 13 against NL West opponents, picking up seven games in the standings since they were a season-worst 9 1/2 out on June 22.

Nolasco opened the fifth with a double to right-center, then Carl Crawford reached on a bunt single, and Yasiel Puig walked to load the bases with no outs. Adrian Gonzalez lofted one to deep center, where Adam Eaton lost his footing on the warning track and as he fell to the ground the ball popped out of his glove for an error. Two runs scored to make it 4-0.

Puig came barreling around third on the play and attempted to score, but Montero took the relay throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius. Puig shoved Montero as the tag was applied, then the two stared at each other as the young Dodgers star walked toward the dugout.

"He plays with a lot of arrogance," Kennedy said. "I don't know if he was trying to run (Montero) over or what."

Up next

• What: Dodgers at D-backs

• When: 6:40 p.m.

• TV: FSAZ

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