“You’d like to think that they look better with you in the lineup,” said Roberts, who missed 20 games last month with a strained hamstring. “But I just think that this team, as a whole, when the pieces are together and everything’s in place, then we’re a pretty good ballclub.”
Odalis Perez (3-3) gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings, but walked none for his first win in seven starts since April 28.
“They scored three runs, but we got six,” Perez said. “Any pitcher, they like to see on the scoreboard six runs. That makes you work with comfort.”
Perez also helped himself at the plate with an RBI ground-rule double, and Juan Encarnacion drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who won for the sixth time in seven games.
“They’re pretty hot right now,” Hammock said. “Who got the home run? Roberts? Unlikely guy to hit a home run, but when you leave pitches over the plate sometimes guys are going to do that.”
The Dodgers spoiled Edgar Gonzalez’s return to the majors with a six-run fourth inning. Gonzalez (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Tucson just hours before the game, gave up six of his eight hits and one of two walks in the Dodgers’ big inning.
It was Gonzalez’s first start in the majors since June 6, 2003—almost a year to the day—and his third overall.
With the game scoreless in the fourth, the Dodgers broke it open with four doubles, starting with Lo Duca’s one-out drive into the right-field corner.
Beltre grounded out, and Gonzalez had an 0-2 count on Encarnacion before he hit a hard grounder just inside first base. Encarnacion was held to a double because of fan interference, but, after an intentional walk to Alex Cora, Perez hit a run-scoring, ground-rule double with a liner that bounced into the grandstand.
That set up Roberts’ blast over the right-field fence, and Milton Bradley followed a double by Izturis with an RBI single.
“The hit that hurt the worst was probably the one by Perez,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “You know, we walk Cora to get him up there, he’s not known for his hitting prowess, and he ends up whacking a double in the gap. So that hurt, and I think (Gonzalez) was so shocked that he gave up the home run to Roberts.”
Hammock drove in a run with an infield single in Arizona’s half.
But Lo Duca, whose last back-to-back games with homers were Oct. 2-3, 2001, at San Diego, opened a four-run lead with a leadoff homer in the seventh off Stephen Randolph. It was his fourth of the season.
“I hooked a couple down the pole, hit ‘em in the right spot,” Lo Duca said. “I’m just trying to stay with a constant approach.”
Manager Jim Tracy said Lo Duca hasn’t tried to elevate the ball.
“He’s getting base hits from foul line to foul line,” Tracy said. “That’s what makes this guy such a difficult out.”
Izturis had an RBI double, Green a sacrifice fly and Encarnacion an RBIsingle in the eighth.
Lo Duca’s first homer was April 30 against Montreal, and he went 28 games before getting the second Wednesday against Milwaukee. … Encarnacion never saw a routine fly to RF by Luis Gonzalez in the second and it dropped behind him for a double. But he atoned by catching two fly balls in the inning, stranding Gonzalez at third. … Izturis has a 13-game hitting streak. Izturis, who had a 14-game run in April, is the only player with two streaks of 11 games or more this season. … Along with bringing up Gonzalez, the Diamondbacks designated INF Donnie Sadler for assignment and bought the contract of RHPBrandon Villafuerte from Tucson. Villafuerte pitched a perfect fifth.