Five Homers Sink Dodgers 8-7

Home runs jumped out of Citizens Bank Park like an uncovered popcorn popper Tuesday night during an 8-7 loss, with the Dodgers coming up one short in homers and one short in runs scored. Wilson Alvarez became merely mortal, giving up four homers and watching his 0.00 earned-run average as a starter and 17.1-inning scoreless streak end in the first inning.

Some Dodgers must have wondered if their plane has stopped in Denver by mistake due to the Coors Field-like results. Fourty-eight homers have been hit in the first 16 games in the new park. The nine home runs tied a National League single-game record.


Substitute leadoff hitter Jason Grabowski hit a pair of shots that traveled over 900 feet combined, Adrian Beltré hit a three-run homer and Olmedo Saenz a solo home run in the ninth that pulled the Dodgers to within a run.

Grabowski drew a walk to bring the potential go-ahead run to the plate with one out, but pinch-hitter Juan Encarnacion popped to first on the first pitch and Milton Bradley grounded into a game-ending fielder's choice.

The Phillies hit consecutive homers in the fourth inning, the first time since the Cincinnati Reds' Ken Griffey Sr., George Foster and Dan Driessen accomplished the feat on May 27, 1980.

Two of the four homers Alvarez allowed traveled an estimated 351 and 352 feet. He had given up only one homer before Tuesday

"None of those pitches were in the middle of the plate. They were in, up and in — I can't really say they were bad pitches. I checked the replay, and they were right where I wanted to throw them."--Wilson Alvarez.

Reliever Guillermo Mota's first pitch of the sixth was knocked out of the park to break a 6-6 tie and tag the Dodger bullpen with its first loss of the season.

A run-scoring single off Darren Dreifort in the eighth came moments before rain prompted a 41-minute delay.

The Dodgers (22-15) also saw their lead in the National League West slip to 1 games over the San Diego Padres, who were rained out at Pittsburgh.

Dodger Blue Notes--Dodgers left fielder Dave Roberts hopes to come off the 15-day disabled list as soon as he becomes eligible Thursday. Roberts ran in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park at about 80 percent and will try to go full speed today. The medical staff has been cautious with Roberts considering the unpredictable nature of his right hamstring strain. He has been out for two weeks. ... Juan Encarnacion missed his fourth consecutive game Tuesday night, and the Dodgers lost each of the first three. He tentatively is set to return for today's game. ... Shawn Green entered Tuesday night's game hitting .231, only .205 against left-handers, .242 against right-handers and .216 with runners in scoring position. He just hit .167 on the last homestand. He says his shoulder is fine, that he's gone through poor starts nearly every year of his career and that he will come out of it. Green's career batting average is .275 before the All-Star break and .294 after. However, his power numbers are reversed: 131 home runs and 415 RBI before the break, 122 and 384 after. ... Angels slugger Troy Glaus has been placed on the 60-day disabled list while preparing for shoulder surgery and he was replaced with infielder Adam Riggs, who had been playing with Triple-A Salt Lake. Riggs, a long-time Dodger minor league player, was the Baby BluePlayer of the Year in 1995 at San Bernardino. Riggs, now 31, singled in the 11th Tuesday night to beat the Yankees in extra innings.

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