The Dodgers' blockbuster trade to bring Josh Beckett and seven other players to Los Angeles finally paid its first dividend.
Beckett pitched 6 2/3 strong innings for his first win since being traded from Boston a week ago and Andre Ethier hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning of a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
''It's all about executing. There's been a couple of hiccups,'' said Beckett, who was iced from the top of his right shoulder down to his hand after the game, when he got squirted on the field with a hose wielded by Aaron Harang.
He had lost his first start after the Aug. 25 trade, a 4-1 defeat at Colorado last Monday. This time, Beckett allowed one run and six hits, struck out nine and walked one to end a career-high five-game losing streak that began on July 20, when he was still with Boston.
''I have the same stuff I did last year when I had probably the best year of my career,'' he said...