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Posted: Monday, July 3, 2006 10:48 pm | Updated: 2:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

LOS ANGELES - Nomar Garciaparra tied a major league record when he was hit three times, rookie Andre Ethier went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 Monday night.

The first baseman was hit three times by three different pitchers. The third pitcher who plunked him was Randy Choate, who was ejected by home plate umpire Ted Barrett in the seventh inning.

Garciaparra, who drove in two runs, was hit in the back by Juan Cruz in the first, then took a glancing blow off the front of his helmet on a pitch by Edgar Gonzalez in the fourth and was struck on the foot by Randy Choate.

The Dodgers are 2-7 in their last nine games.

Derek Lowe (7-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings, struck out two and walked two for his first career win in four starts against Arizona.

Cruz (3-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in three innings, struck out three and walked two after being activated off the 15-day DL earlier in the day. The right-hander had been out with a sore right shoulder since his previous start June 1.

The Dodgers got to Cruz in the first inning with three runs. J.D. Drew and Jeff Kent had consecutive RBI singles and Ethier followed with a run-scoring double.

The Diamondbacks closed to 3-2 in the second on Johnny Estrada's RBI double and a run-scoring single by Orlando Hudson.

Los Angeles extended its lead to 4-2 on a single by Rafael Furcal in the third. He was dropped from the leadoff spot to seventh in the order a day after going 0-for-4.

The Dodgers added four runs in the fifth, when three of their five hits went to right field. Pinch-hitter Jose Cruz Jr. had an RBI double and Ethier and Kenny Lofton added run-scoring doubles - with Lofton's dropping barely inside the right-field line. Cesar Izturis had a sacrifice fly and Garciaparra extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a run-scoring single to make it 8-2.

Los Angeles added two runs in the seventh. After Choate hit Garciaparra to force in a run, Ethier had an infield hit.

Notes:@ Garciaparra tied the major-league record for being hit by pitches in a game. The last major league player to be hit three times was Tampa Bay's Johnny Gomes on Aug. 15. The last NL player was Houston's Richard Hidalgo on April, 19, 2000. ... Cruz had a 13-inning scoreless streak when he went on the DL. ... Ethier struck out all four times against the Angels on Sunday. ... Arizona won 8-of-9 games at Dodger Stadium last season and is 1-for-3 so far.

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