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D’backs are felled by perfection; Dodgers win 11th at home

Even a triple play couldn't help  Diamondbacks pitcher Doug Davis  on Monday against the Dodgers.

Even a triple play couldn't help Diamondbacks pitcher Doug Davis on Monday against the Dodgers.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers are still perfect at home.

The Dodgers became the first National League team since 1900 to win their first 11 home games, overcoming an Arizona triple play to beat the Diamondbacks 7-2 Monday night with a homer and three RBIs from Manny Ramirez.

The defending NL West champions broke the league record for longest home winning streak to start a season, set by the 1918 New York Giants and equaled by the 1970 Chicago Cubs and 1983 Atlanta Braves.

The major league mark is 12, set in 1911 by the Detroit Tigers. The Dodgers are the first team to start a season 11-0 at home since the 2003 Kansas City Royals.

Eric Stults (3-1) allowed two runs and five hits over 5 1/2 innings and struck out four, after lasting 2 1/2 innings Wednesday at San Francisco and giving up five runs on seven hits.

Arizona shortstop Josh Wilson, making his third start this season in place of the injured Stephen Drew, bobbled Matt Kemp’s routine grounder for an error in his haste to start a double play in the second inning. He made up for the mistake moments later, making a lunging catch of Casey Blake’s line drive in the hole with the runners going and turning it into the second triple play in Diamondbacks history.

Arizona starter Doug Davis (2-4) must have appreciated the defensive help, but it wasn’t enough for the left-hander, whose teammates have scored fewer than three runs in five of his six starts this season.

Davis was charged with four runs, five hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings after pitching seven sharp innings last Wednesday in a 10-0 win over the Cubs.

In his last three starts at Chavez Ravine – all losses – he has allowed 13 earned runs over 10 1/2 innings.

NOTABLE: The D’backs placed reliever Tom Gordon on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a left hamstring strain and recalled right-hander Leo Rosales from Triple-A Reno.

This is the 11th trip to the lost for Gordon, a three-time All-Star who began his major league career in 1988 with Kansas City and saved 46 games for Boston 10 years later.

“I think we’re probably looking at seven to 10 days before this thing calms down totally, and from there we’ll start strengthening,” Gordon said.

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