Found May 24, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
PHOENIX The Diamondbacks blew off blowing a five-run lead pretty easily. A day after a most discouraging defeat, the D-backs reacted with an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, preventing a series sweep with their highest scoring game of the season while taking some the sting off an 8-7 loss Tuesday. It was the kind of all-around game the D-backs have not had many of this year, and it came at a good time, with the NL West-leading Dodgers threatening to extend their lead over the D-backs to 12 games. "It was a good way to finish last (Tuesday) night move on. The team needed it," manager Kirk Gibson said. "It was important for us. Not that guys were fazed by last night's loss. Obviously it hurts, but we did a good job of coming back and playing a whole new game," Justin Upton said. The offense provided the focal point, but left-hander Joe Saunders set the tone early when he struck out the side on breaking balls after giving up a doubl...
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