Ricky Nolasco threw seven strong innings in his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers, outpitching Ian Kennedy to lead his new club to a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nolasco, whom the Dodgers acquired Saturday from the Miami Marlins in exchange for a trio of pitching prospects, allowed four hits, one earned run and struck out five Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.
He was credited with the win, improving his record this season to 6-8.
The Dodgers' hitters, meanwhile, gave their new starter plenty of run support, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez leading the way by driving in three runs to increase his RBI tally for the season to 57.
Nolasco also helped his own cause by singling in the game's first run in the top of the second inning.
On another positive note for the Dodgers, left fielder Carl Crawford got his first hit since returning to action after missing a month with a hamstring injury.
Crawford started the season strong, but his batting average has dropped from .301 to .276 since returning to the lineup on July 5.
Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig had a hit and two walks on Tuesday night, while shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-4 as his career-best 19-game hitting streak was snapped.
Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado singled in second baseman Aaron Hill in the bottom of the 7th inning for Arizona's only run.
Relievers J.P. Howell and Ronald Belisario pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, for the Dodgers.
Kennedy picked up the loss as his record fell to 3-5.
The win improved the Dodgers' record for the season to 44-45, which leaves them just 2.5 games behind the NL West division-leading Diamondbacks with the second half of the season just beginning. EFE