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Hundley's HR Stops Arizona


With the game on the line, Andy Benes sure didn't want to face Todd Hundley.

Hundley showed he still has Benes' number with a three-run home run that carried the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The homer, Hundley's 16th, rallied the Dodgers from a 2-1 deficit in the sixth inning and gave them only their third victory in their last 13 games. The loss snapped Arizona's five-game winning streak and was the Diamondbacks' second in their last 12 games.

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  • "It's been a struggle for us lately," Hundley said. "It was nice to come through. It was nice for all of us to be able to put something together. I hope we can keep it going."

    Hundley has now hit six homers in 48 at-bats against Benes. But he wasn't taking anything for granted.

    "I've faced Andy a lot and I've had some success against him, but he just wasn't giving in today," Hundley said. "He was throwing a lot of changeups and breaking balls. I had to sit and wait for the right one."

    Hundley's home run came after Benes (6-10) gave up consecutive singles to Devon White and Raul Mondesi to open the sixth.

    "I was aware of what Hundley's done against me," Benes said. "He's hit me real well in the past and I was trying to be careful with him. I got behind in the count, and he got the barrel of the bat on the ball. That was the ball game."

    An inning earlier, Luis Gonzalez's 17th home run had given Arizona a 2-1 lead. Gonzalez's two-ruhomer Saturday provided the winning margin in the Diamondbacks' 4-2 victory.

    Rookie Onan Masaoka (2-2) earned the win in relief of starter Chan Ho Park, who gave up two runs in five innings. Masaoka allowed two hits in two scoreless innings.

    "Our bullpen did a good job in closing the door on them," Los Angeles manager Davey Johnson said. "Chan Ho didn't have his good command today, but he battled them like a trooper. I wouldn't call it a quality start for him, but he kept us in the ball game. He showed us what kind of heart he has. "

    Benes gave up four runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out two. Jeff Shaw pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

    In his previous start Tuesday, Benes was forced to leave a 4-3 victory in San Diego in the third inning when he was struck on the right arm by a line drive. Benes was cleared to start after throwing on the sidelines without discomfort Friday.

    Notes:

  • Dodgers bullpen coach Rick Dempsey will complete his 17-day suspension on Monday, a day off for the team. He was suspended for his role in a bench-clearing brawl against Seattle on July 11.
  • Diamondbacks 1B Travis Lee went 0-for-4 Sunday and is now hitless in his last 30 at-bats.
  • Arizona pitcher Todd Stottlemyre, recovering from a partial tear in his right rotator cuff, is scheduled to pitch for the Diamondbacks' Rookie League team in Tucson on Wednesday.
  • Dodgers reliever Antonio Osuna is scheduled to undergo ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow Thursday. The recovery is expected to take 12-18 months.

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