Josh Beckett pitched 6 2/3 strong innings for his first victory since being traded to the Dodgers and Andre Ethier hit a tie-breaking home run in the sixth inning to help Los Angeles beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Saturday night, snapping the Dodgers' eight-game skid against their NL West rival.
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. He had lost his first start since being traded to the Dodgers on Aug. 25, a 4-1 defeat at Colorado last Monday.
The Dodgers have dropped five of eight since the blockbuster trade that brought them Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto among eight players.
The franchise took on about $275 million in salary in an attempt to make the playoffs for the first time in three years. Gonzalez is struggling, going 0 for 4 on Saturday, Punto is 1 for 5 on the homestand and Crawford won't play this season after un...