Arizona (42-95) at Los Angeles (78-58)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Tue Sep 7, 2004
  • TV: KTVK, FSN2
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After getting swept by the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to bounce back as they begin a 10-game home stand with three games against the woeful Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers were outscored 14-6 in three straight losses to the red-hot Cardinals. Los Angeles had not been swept by St. Louis since June 23-25, 2000. The Dodgers, who have a 3 1/2 -game lead in the NL West, have lost four of five and went 6-7 on a 13-game road trip.

“It’s not a fantastic trip but it’s not a bad trip, either,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

Adrian Beltre’s league-leading 44th home run ended a 19-inning scoring drought for Los Angeles in Sunday’s 6-5 loss in 11 innings to the Cardinals.

“Our pitching staff was good the whole series,” Beltre said. “We just didn’t swing the bats.”

Beltre was one of the only Dodgers swinging a hot bat on the road trip. The third baseman hit .407 (22-for-54) during the trip.

Beltre is in second place on the franchise single-season homer list, breaking a tie with Gary Sheffield (2000) and Duke Snider (1956). Shawn Green hit a club-record 49 homers in 2001.

The Dodgers hope to get their bats going against Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon Webb.

The 25-year-old Webb, who is 6-14, has pitched much better since the All-Star break, with a 3.08 ERA in 10 starts.

Webb is coming off a 3-1 win over the Dodgers in his last outing on Sept. 1. The sinkerballer held Los Angeles to one unearned run and three hits while striking out seven in six innings.

The Diamondbacks have lost four straight since and six of their last seven.

Arizona wasted another good effort from lefty Randy Johnson in a 4-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

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3.59 ERA 8.25
164 K 54
119 BB 42
1.50 WHIP 1.75