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On a night that Pedro Martinez won an important game for the Dodgers while wearing a Phillies uniform, Jon Garland, only three days removed from being a Diamondback also won an important game for the Dodgers in a Dodgers uniform. The 4-2 win helped Los Angeles gain a game on both the Rockies and Giants.

Garland, who dreamed of pitching for the Dodgers while attending games in Dodger Stadium with his grandfather, gave up two runs on five hit over his seven inning debut in a Blue and White uniform and has now won three consecutive games after opening the season 1-9.

Garland struck out six and allowed five hits, four of them in the first three innings. He allowed three baserunners and a run in the first and a solo home run in the third. He then retired the last 14 batters he faced.

Garland was acquired August 31 for a player to be named -- which might or might not be infielder Tony Abreu.

He struck out six, retired one batter on a line drive, two on popups, and got 12 outs on ground balls—including double plays that ended the first and second innings. He didn't allow a single outfield putout.

"I think it was more uncomfortable because I was in that other dugout the first game and then came over," Garland said. "I mean, if it would have been like a week or two weeks down the road, it would have been a little bit different. But the fact that it was in the same series, there was a little extra the first few innings.

"Being able to go out there and give this team a good quality start, coming out of the game with the lead and ending up winning it, I couldn't have asked for much more. Once I finally calmed down and got my feet underneath me, the ball started moving a little bit more and I was getting more ground balls and we got off a nice little run."

Manny Ramirez homered and newcomer Ron Belliard knocked in three runs including he eventual winning run in the fourth inning.

The ever-ready Dodgers bullpen fell into line after Garland's seven innings. George Sherrill worked a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Broxton allowed a leadoff infield single, then nailed the win down with his 31st save in 35 opportunities.

Billy Buckner took the loss for Arizona, moving up from Triple-A to take Garland's spot on the roster.

Manager Joe Torre sat slumping Orlando Hudson (one RBI in the last two weeks), and Belliard's two-out, broken-bat RBI single scored James Loney, who had singled, in the second inning to tie the game 1-1.

Trailing 2-1 in the fourth after Drew's home run, Ramirez homered (#16 and #543) leading off and Casey Blake doubled (one of his three hits), moved to third on Loney's flyout and was singled home by Belliard, who also drove in the final run in the sixth with a bases-loaded, fielder's-choice grounder as Loney slid hard into second base breaking up the double play. Ramirez had walked and Blake and Loney had singled to set up the run.

Newcomers Garland and Vicente Padilla give the Dodgers six starters (Randy Wolf, Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw and Hiroki Kuroda).

Torre indicated he might not stick with an actual rotation the rest of the way, but will likely keep Wolf and Billingsley on five-day cycles, give Kershaw's 21-year-old arm an occasional extra day of rest and mix and match the others depending on the opposition and days off.

Belliard is 4-for-12 with Los Angeles. "I came here for one job, and it's trying to help this ballclub go to the playoffs," he said.

Belliard also made a midseason move to a team in the middle of the playoff chase in 2006. He was traded from the Indians to the St. Louis Cardinals, who went on to win the World Series.

The Dodgers host San Diego for three games over he weekend and LHP Clayton Kershaw (8-7, 2.94 ERA) draws the start tonight. Kershaw allowed four hits and struck out 11 Reds over five innings in his last start but finished with a no-decision. Kershaw has allowed three runs or fewer in 23 of 27 starts this season. The left-hander hasn't won since July 18 against the Padres.

Starting for the Padres will be LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 9.58 ERA) who allowing four runs on four hits over six innings against the Marlins in his last start.
  
 Score by Innings
Arizona	        101 000 000-2
Los Angeles	010 201 00x-4

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .253
Kemp cf        	4  0  0  0  .311
Ethier rf	3  0  0  0  .283
Ramirez lf	3  2  1  1  .305
 Repko lf	0  0  0  0  .000
Blake 3b	4  1  3  0  .274
Loney 1b	4  1  2  0  .275
Billiard 2b	3  0  2  3  .251
Martin c	3  0  1  0  .256
Garland p	2  0  0  0  .100
 Pierre ph	1  0  0  0  .321
 Sherrill p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
 Totals	        31  4  9  4
 Arizona	32  2  7  2

 2B- Blake (25). HR- Ramirez (16).
RBI- Billiard 3 (26), Ramirez (51).
LOB- Los Angeles 5, Arizona 4. CS- Ethier
(4). DP- Garland, Furcal and Loney; Loney
and Furcal.

 Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Garland (9-11)	7.0  5  2-2  1  6  4.23
Sherrill	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  1.87
Broxton (sv 31)	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  2.66
 HBP- Ethier. T- 2:31. Att- 45365.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers split the series 2-2 with the Diamondbacks and hold a 9-4 lead in the season series with three games to go later in Arizona. ...The win gave the Dodgers an 80-54 record. They won their 80th game in the 153rd game on September 18 last season. ...Los Angeles has used 45 different players and on the active roster, only Jim Tome has not seen action. ...Garland's win marked the first time a starter had won in the past six starts. ...The Dodgers have homered in nine of their last 10 games but still are 12th in the National League.

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