Dodgers dump Giants 5-4 in 12

The Dodgers fought back from a 4-1 deficit, getting a game-tying two-run homer from Shawn Green in the fifth inning and winning it in the 12th on Bradley's RBI single. The Dodger bullpen allowed one infield single over the final six scoreless innings to hold on until the offense could end things. It is the fourth one-run victory over the Giants in succession.

Cesar Izturis, riding an 11 game hitting streak, ripped a double to lead off the 12th inning off former Dodger Matt Herges. Bradley, still limping from a leg injury suffered in frigid Coors Field, fouled off a bunt, then singled through the hole at shortstop and Izturis scored the winning run.

Perez wasn't sharp in a six-inning, 115-pitch outing. He gave up seven hits and four earned runs, and trailed, 4-1, after three innings. The Dodgers won the battle of the bullpens with Guillermo Mota, Tom Martin, Eric Gagné and winner Darren Dreifort (1-0) smothering the Giants' offense. Dreifort worked two scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 2.53.

After sweeping the Giants in San Francisco while Barry Bonds collected home runs at every turn, the Dodgers "held" the slugger to a pair of singles and a career-high four walks, the last coming off Eric Gagné in the ninth. Tracy threw away the book by walking Bonds with two outs in the seventh and ninth innings and with one out in the 12th, intentionally putting the go-ahead run on first, and getting away with it each time.

Bonds knocked in the first San Francisco run with a single in the first inning. A second run made it 2-0.

The Dodgers scored in the second when Alex Cora dropped an RBI flare into left field and scored a second run in the fourth on consecutive triples by Paul Lo Duca and Juan Encarnacion.

The Giants scored twice more off Dodger starter Odalis Perez in the third to lead 4-1. Green's two-out, two-run homer to dead center in the fifth tied the score at 4-4. Izturis had walked with one out before Green connected.

In the 12th, Cesar Izturis doubled to left-center to start the winning rally. After initially trying to bunt, Bradley slapped Herges' third pitch into the hole between third and shortstop. Bonds' throw to the plate was too late to get the sliding Izturis, giving the Dodgers' their seventh victory in nine games and their fourth in a row over the hatedgiants.

Dodger Blue Notes--Jose Lima spent five minutes in a bullpen session Friday, rare for a pitcher the day after a start. Lima said his pitches were up on Thursday against the Rockies because he was taking his leg kick too soon, trying to hurry in the cold. When he slowed it down, everything seemed fine, ... Tracy said he will keep Wilson Alvarez in the bullpen. Alvarez, who pitched three scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 0.75 in Denver, said he would like to start but will do whatever is best for the club. ... Paul Shuey's ruptured thumb tendon passed an MRI test Friday and he was cleared to begin light tossing to work his arm back in shape. Shuey suffered the freak injury during pitchers fielding practice the last week of Spring Training trying to avoid a throw. He will still need a minor league rehabilitation assignment before he can return, so the Dodgers are looking at another month before they must find room for the right-hander. But Duaner Sanchez has been this year's Guillermo Mota, a reclamation project who has turned to gold. Sanchez has an ERA of 2.08 in 8.2 innings over seven appearances.

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