There are gentle ways to turn around a bad skid and then there are nights like Monday, when led by Uribe’s three solo homers, the
Six of the Dodgers' first nine hits were homers. By the fifth inning you worried they would run out of baseballs.
Uribe began the night with seven homers on the season. The three homers were one more than he had all last year.
But Uribe, who started the year backing up
Uribe became the first Dodger since
It was actually Ethier who started the home run barrage Monday, hitting a solo shot off Arizona starter
In the third inning,
Ramirez got into the power act with a solo shot in the fifth inning, and two outs later, there was Uribe again, drilling his third homer.
He was mobbed by teammates, and then brought out for a curtain call by the sellout crowd. It was a long way from the guy buried on the bench last season.
He had a shot at a fourth homer in the seventh inning, but apparently just for variety, beat out an infield hit to third to drive in his fourth run of the night.
Nolasco raised his record to 8-1 as a Dodger. He has now won his last seven consecutive decisions. Nolasco (13-9) walked one and struck out six in his 6 2/3 innings. In his last seven starts, he has a 1.17 earned-run average.