Dodgers Blow 4-2 Lead, Lose to Diamondbacks

A three-run seven inning erased a 4-2 Dodger lead and the Diamondbacks avoided a sweep with a 6-5 win. Adrian Beltré slugged a pair of solo home runs to boost his total to 14 but the Dodgers lost for only the second time in eight games. Jeff Weaver allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings and the Dodger bullpen blew the save with Darren Dreifort (1-1) taking the loss.

The Dodgers built a 4-1 lead by the fifth inning, started by Beltré, who banged a shot into the left-field bleachers for his 13th home run. It was his second since May 18.

Cesar Izturis started a two-out rally in the third inning with a single, extending his batting streak to 14 games. Milton Bradley hit a slow roller to third and an overthrow scored Izturis.

Arizona tied the game 1-1 in the fourth but in the fifth Dave Roberts doubled and Izturis beat out an infield single. A wild pitch allowed Roberts to score and Izturis to take second. Bradley walked and Shawn Green scuffed a ball along the first-base line that the pitcher threw away, allowing Izturis to score and Bradley to reach third.

Beltré crushed a line-drive but the DBack third baseman made a backhanded diving catch and fell on the bag, doubling off Bradley.

Roberts misplayed a drive leading off the sixth inning, playing a single into a triple and a sacrifice fly drove in the run.

Darren Dreifort (1-1) took over in the seventh and issued a leadoff walk and a double scored the runner. A sacrifice and another single tied the game. One out later, Tom Martin relieved and allowed a pair of singles for a 5-4 lead.

After losing the lead, the Dodgers loaded the bases in the eighth but pinch-hitter Paul Lo Duca, the hardest player to strike out in the National League, took a called third strike -- only his 10th strikeout in 194 at-bats this season.

Mota gave up an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to negate Beltré's second solo homer of the game with two out in the ninth that closed the score at 6-5. Juan Encarnacion then doubled and took third on a wild pitch but Jose Hernandez fanned to end the game.

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