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Jon Garland Wins A Game In His Hometown, For His Hometown (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers (80-55) 4 - 2 victory charge over the Arizona Diamondbacks (61-74) was led by two players who started the week on other teams.

Jon Garland (9-11,) the game’s winning pitcher, came to Dodgers Stadium on Monday as an Arizona Diamondback. Ronnie Belliard, whose 3 RBIs accounted for 75% of the Dodgers' offense, was a Washington National on Sunday morning.

LA-native Garland, pitched seven economical innings. The newest Dodger hurler allowed two runs (both earned,) while letting up five hits, and walking one of his old teammates.

“I grew up going to games here,” said Garland, who turns thirty later this month. “A chance to pitch for them is a dream come true. It’s kind of awkward the way it happened.”

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Garland had been scheduled to start the game for the Diamondbacks.

“He may have been uncomfortable,” said Dodgers manager Joe Torre of the situation.