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With their 6-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers return to one game under .500 while trailing the D-Backs by only 2 1/2 games for NL West supremacy. The last time the Dodgers were one game under .500 it was May 1 when the Dodgers lost to the Colorado Rockies 7-3 to drop their record to 13-14. Things went downhill from there until the arrival of Yasiel Puig and the return of Hanley Ramirez.

In his first start for the Dodgers, Ricky Nolasco helped himself with an RBI two-out single in the second despite batting an anemic .138 in his career giving him a 1-0 lead to work with.

The D-Backs then decided to play interesting defense. After Andre Ethier led off the fourth inning with a single, he stole second base after A.J. Ellis whiffed on strike three. The throw by catcher Miguel Montero landed in centerfield, and Ethier took of the third base.

Ethier might have remained on third base, but when Skip Schumaker hit a grounder second baseman Aaron Hill bobbled the ball and Ethier trotted home for the 2-0 lead.

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Then the D-Backs really handed the game to the Dodgers. With the bases loaded and no out in the fifth inning, Adrian Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to centerfielder Adam Eaton. Eaton stumbled on the warning track, and the fly ball glanced off of his glove and towards the wall. Two runs scored with Gonzalez landing on second base. The Dodgers may have scored more runs, but Yasiel Puig decided third base coach Tim Wallach was smelly or had cooties or something. Puig was thrown out easily at the plate.

Nonetheless the Dodgers had the 4-0 lead, and in the sixth inning with the bases loaded again Gonzalez came through with a two-run single.

It gave Nolasco a banner day in his Dodger debut. Not only going seven innings giving up a run on four hits while striking out five, Nolasco also had two hits including a double and a sacrifice.

Hanley Ramirez's 19-game hit streak came to an end going 0-for-4 with a strikeout and hit by a pitch.

Dodgers Scorecard: (click to embiggen)

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Diamondbacks Scorecard: (click to embiggen)