- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - Orlando Hudson homered, doubled and drove in three runs against his former team, and the Los Angeles Dodgers spoiled Arizona’s All-Star selection celebration with an 11-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

Hudson hit his first home run of the season to break a scoreless tie in a three-run fourth inning, just hours after commissioner Bud Selig awarded Arizona the 2011 All-Star Game at an afternoon press conference at Chase Field.

Hudson, who added a two-run double in the eighth inning, spent the previous three seasons in Arizona before signing with the Dodgers as a free agent when there were no substantive contract discussions with the Diamondbacks.

Emergency Los Angeles starter Eric Stults gave up one run in 5 1-3 innings a day after being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace Hiroki Kuroda, who was placed on the disabled list after straining his left oblique muscle during a bullpen session Wednesday.

Stults, a left-hander who had a 9.49 ERA in spring training while losing a competition for the Dodgers’ No. 5 starter spot, gave up four hits, walked two and struck out five.

Arizona right-hander Yusmeiro Petit, starting for the injured Brandon Webb, struck out six in five innings and retired the first 10 batters he faced before Hudson’s homer.

Russell Martin had a two-run double in the fourth and Andre Ethier had a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning.

Manny Ramirez walked and scored twice, and Casey Blake had two hits and drove in a run.

Ramirez was 20-for-32 against Arizona after coming to Los Angeles at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline in 2008. The Dodgers won seven of the nine games between the two the rest of the way to overtake Arizona and win the NL West by two games.

Ramirez and James Loney walked in the fourth inning before Martin hit a hard one-hopper through third baseman Mark Reynolds’ legs for a double, scoring two runs for a 3-0 lead.

Ramirez and Martin walked around a double by Loney to load the bases against Billy Buckner in the sixth before Ethier’s hit a two-run double off the base of the left-center field wall made it 5-0.

Matt Kemp had a sacrifice fly, Blake singled through a drawn-in infield and Rafael Furcal had a run-scoring single to finish the five-run inning.

The Diamondbacks scored when Chris Young doubled and Stephen Drew singled with one out in the sixth, knocking out Stults.

Arizona has scored nine runs in each of its two victories, including the first game of the series against the Dodgers on Friday, and four runs combined in its three losses.

Notes: Stults was the Dodgers’ sixth starting pitcher in as many games this season. Justin Upton was called out for running into his bunt in front of the plate in the fifth inning, although replays clearly showed his right foot was still in the batter’s box, which should have made the play a foul ball. Manager Bob Melvin argued briefly. Juan Pierre replaced Ramirez in left field in the seventh inning, and capped the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth.

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