D-Backs Watch Dodgers Stage Comeback Win, Despite Five Double Plays and a Four-Run Lead

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Billy Buckner allowed only one run and five hits in seven innings against Los Angeles.
Billy Buckner finally got a real taste of what it's like to be a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season after last night's 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Much like fellow starters Dan Haren and Doug Davis, the 26-year-old can now join in a chorus or two of that D-Backs standard "The Wasted Effort Blues" as his teammates (specifically the trio of relievers Blaine Boyer, Daniel Schlereth, and Juan Gutierrez) negated his busy evening on the hill.

Buckner, who was recalled from Triple-A Reno last week to take the slot of the injured Chad Qualls, erased memories of some of his more feeble starts from earlier this year with commanding throws that limited the Dodgers to only one run and five hits over seven innings. He was also aided by five spectacular double plays during the game (which tied a team record for twin killings) and had been equally as productive on the offensive side, popping off separate RBI singles in the second and third innings. (Sluggers Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds had started the night by generating two runs off sac flies in the first.)

Too bad it became all for naught in the eighth.

Boyer came in from the bullpen to protect a 4-1 lead at that point, and promptly allowed a slew of singles from the Los Angeles lineup, which propelled Russell Martin. Then came Daniel Schlereth, who gave up a ribbie single to Andre Ethier and permitted Mark Kemp to get over to third. Esmerling Vasquez was next up, and looked like he should've been playing in Williamsport as James Loney batted Kemp into the dish. In the end, it was a four-run, six-hit frame that fueled a Dodgers comeback.

The Snakes lost their sixth straight and have been justly rewarded for such an accomplishment by falling past San Diego to occupy the NL West basement at 61-79. There's still plenty of time left in this season to go for the Full Monty and lose a few more games, pushing past Pittsburgh and Washington to claim the title of "the worst team in baseball."

The drive starts tonight as former Arizona right-hander Jon Garland (9-11, 4.23 ERA) comes to Chase Field for the first time as a member of the Dodgers to go against Dan Haren (13-8, 2.78). First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR-AM 620. For tickets and info: www.dbacks.com.

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