Arizona (11-8) at Los Angeles (13-5)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Mon Apr 25, 2005
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Javier Vazquez finally turned in the kind of performance the Arizona Diamondbacks had been hoping for when they acquired him in the offseason.

He’ll look to give Arizona another strong outing as the Diamondbacks open a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

The Diamondbacks picked up Vazquez in the deal that sent Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees. Vazquez, who spent the first six seasons of his career in Montreal before pitching for the Yankees last season, was pounded for 18 runs in 13 innings in his first three starts this season.

However, he rebounded nicely on Wednesday, allowing eight hits in seven scoreless innings of a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

“Javy was outstanding,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “We knew we were going to get a game like this out of him pretty soon.”

Vazquez went 14-10 with a 4.91 ERA in 32 starts last season, but struggled after the All-Star break, going 4-5 with a 6.92 ERA in 14 starts.

“I’ve actually felt as good or better my first three starts,” said Vazquez, who did not allow a runner past second until the seventh inning. “I got a few breaks today and got the results.”

The Diamondbacks wrapped up their second three-game sweep of the season on Sunday, beating the San Diego Padres 8-6. Tony Clark homered in his fourth start of the year, and Troy Glaus had two doubles and his second straight three-hit game after taking his first day off on Saturday.

Quinton McCracken added his second career right-handed homer for Arizona, which won its franchise-record ninth at home in April.

The Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep Sunday, beating the Colorado Rockies 8-6. Milton Bradley had four hits, and Jason Phillips, Olmedo Saenz and Norihiro Nakamura each had two RBIs for Los Angeles, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

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46 BB 55
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