Dodgers beat Diamondbacks 8-1

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Former St. Mary's High and Arizona State University star Andre Ethier and teammate Casey Blake hit first-inning homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers roughed up Brandon Webb and Arizona 8-1 on Sunday. L.A. climbed within 2 1/2 games of the Diamondbacks in the NL West.

Derek Lowe (11-11) tossed six shutout innings as the Dodgers took two of three games from Arizona. Los Angeles won a road series for the first time since July 20th, when they also took two of three in Phoenix.

After dropping Friday night's opener to fall 4 1/2 games back, Los Angeles rebounded to beat Arizona aces Dan Haren and Webb by a combined score of 14-3.

Arizona hosts the St. Louis Cardinals today for the start of a three game series.