Joe Saunders pitches Diamondbacks past Dodgers 7-2

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gerardo Parra tied a career high with four RBIs to back seven strong innings by Joe Saunders and the Arizona Diamondbacks rode a five-run sixth inning to a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

That reduced the Diamondbacks' magic number to seven for clinching the National League West title.

Arizona, vying for the fifth division crown in the franchise's 14-year history, is 17-3 following a season-worst six-game losing streak. The win put the Diamondbacks 24 games over .500, matching
their season best.

Saunders (11-12) allowed four hits, struck out four and walked one.

The only runs against the left-hander came on Matt Kemp's first-inning homer and an RBI single by rookie Jerry Sands, who had three hits.