- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - Chris Young went 3-for-3 with a home run and Jon Garland won in his National League debut Friday night when the Arizona Diamondbacks opened their weekend series with Los Angeles by beating the Dodgers 9-4.

Casey Blake had two-run homer for the Dodgers, who couldn’t recover from Arizona’s five-run third inning. Manny Ramirez singled twice and drove in a run.

Young ignited the big inning with a leadoff home run. He also doubled, singled and walked, scoring three times. Conor Jackson drove in three runs with a pair of singles and Felipe Lopez had two RBIs as Arizona’s offense came alive after scoring two runs combined the previous two games.

Garland (1-0), signed in the offseason to replace the departed Randy Johnson, allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings.

He had spent his previous eight major league seasons in the American League, seven with the Chicago White Sox and last year with the Los Angeles Angels.

James McDonald (0-1) had control problems for the Dodgers and lasted just 2 1-3 innings in his first major league start.

He had not given up a run in his brief major league career, over 13 1-3 innings of relief counting last year’s playoffs, before Young’s home run just cleared the left field wall. Then everything fell apart for the 24-year-old right-hander.

He walked Garland and Lopez, then hit Eric Byrnes with his first pitch to load the bases. Stephen Drew followed with a walk to bring home Garland and put Arizona up 2-1. Jackson followed with a two-run single to right and McDonald’s night was over.

The Diamondbacks got one more in the inning on Chad Tracy’s RBI sacrifice fly.

McDonald allowed five runs on two hits in 2 1-3 innings, but walked three and hit a batter.

Blake’s two-run homer off Garland in the seventh cut it to 6-3. Rafael Furcal led off the eighth with a double off reliever Tony Pena that hit well above the 407-foot sign in center, then scored on Ramirez’s single to make it 6-4.

Left-hander Scott Schoeneweis came on to retire Andre Ethier and James Loney to end the rally. Arizona added three in the eighth on RBI singles by Augie Ojeda and Jackson and an RBI double by Lopez.

Notes:@ Arizona RHP Tom Gordon threw 31 pitches to hitters before the game and said his surgically repaired right elbow felt better than anytime since before the 2006 All-Star game. He could be activated by May 1. … Los Angeles beat Arizona in the teams’ final five meetings last season. … Young has had 18 career 3-hit games but no four-hit ones.

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