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Posted: Tuesday, July 4, 2006 9:13 pm | Updated: 3:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

LOS ANGELES - Rookie Andre Ethier kept up his torrid offensive pace with four RBIs, including a two-run triple, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second consecutive game, 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Kenny Lofton drove in three runs for the Dodgers, who have scored 21 runs in their last two games after getting 15 in their previous six combined.

Ethier had four hits and drove in two runs in the Dodgers' 10-4 victory Monday, and his .342 average leads all major league rookies by a wide margin.

Aaron Sele (5-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one, improving to 3-0 in his career against the D-backs.

Enrique Gonzalez (2-2) gave up seven runs and eight hits, struck out one and walked two in four innings, equaling his shortest outing in seven starts.

The Diamondbacks arrived in Los Angeles off a three-game sweep of AL West-leading Oakland. But their pitching has been battered by the Dodgers, who had 13 hits Tuesday to go with 15 the night before.

After three consecutive outs in the first, Los Angeles scored in each of the next five innings.

The Dodgers struck for five runs in the third, highlighted by two-run singles from Lofton and Cesar Izturis. Ethier walked to force in another run with two outs.

Lofton's sacrifice fly made it 7-2 in the fourth. Ethier's triple and a sacrifice fly by rookie Russell Martin added three runs in the fifth.

The Dodgers extended their lead to 11-2 on J.D. Drew's two-out RBI double in the sixth.

Orlando Hudson homered in the first for Arizona. An RBI single by Gonzalez made it 2-0 in the second. Their other run came in the seventh on Eric Byrnes' two-out single.

The Dodgers scored their first run on Ethier's RBI groundout in the second.

Notes:@ Dodgers 2B Jeff Kent was a late scratch because of a sore left oblique muscle. ... Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra singled in the third, extending his hitting streak to 16 games - longest on the team this season. ... The Dodgers improved to 24-25 on July 4 since moving from Brooklyn in 1958. ... The announced crowd of 55,816 was the Dodgers' 11th sellout.

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