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July 17, 2011

Allen’s HR pushes Dbacks past Dodgers

by @ 6:34 pm. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

PHOENIX — Five-hits a piece and homeruns by each team in the second-inning was the only comparison in the Los Angeles Dodgers loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Dodgers lost 3-2 as a three-run homerun was too much to overcome to continue their winning streak which ended at five.

Los Angeles closed out the first-half on a four-game winning streak, but has opened up part two of the season losing a three-game series to the Diamondbacks in Arizona.  The only bright side was Matt Kemp being able to continue the hatred against him since the Homerun Derby by sending another homerun, a solo shot, into the bleachers.

Starter Hiroki Kuroda lasted through six in a losing effort, surrendering all three-runs on a bad pitch that left the park.  Kuroda though has pitched well and he continues to post an ERA in the low three’s (3.13).

Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks though has really shown his ability this season to pick up the task of number-one overall and reliable starter for his club.  He earned his win number ten, good for ninth overall among starters and is posting a 3.39 ERA.

Kennedy pitched seven-innings and got seven strikeouts too with his only “big” mistake being a solo shot that Kemp sent out of the park.

In the bottom of the second, Kuroda let too many men get aboard as Miguel Montero singled and Geoff Blum doubled to start the inning.  Brandon Allen then sent his first homerun of the season into the stands to push the Diamondbacks out to a 3-1 lead.

Los Angeles got within one-run of tying the game after Rafael Furcal was walked and forced in a run to make it a 3-2 game, but that would end being the final score.

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