Another Day, Another Pinch-Hit Grand Slam

Olmedo Saenz slugged a pinch-hit grand slam to get the Dodgers back in the game and Steve Finley doubled in the bottom of the ninth to knock inn the winning run for a double come-from-behind victory over the Diamondbacks. Eric Gagné, the fifth Dodger pitcher, earned the win in relief. Finley had snapped an 0-for-19 slump with a seventh-inning single, but has driven in 27 runs in 34 Dodgers games, 22 of them in 18 wins.

Olmedo Saenz slammed the Dodgers' second pinch-hit grand slam in two days after going more than 11 years without one pulled the Dodgers out of a 3-0 hole in the fifth inning. It was the first grand slam of his career and came at an appropriate time.

Singles by Shawn Green and Jose Hernandez and a walk to Jayson Werth loaded the bases. With one out, Saenz to hit for Perez and lined a 0-1 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his seventh homer of the year, third pinch-homer of the year and first career slam.

The Dodgers held their lead over the Giants (five games) and Padres (six games) after all three contenders won.

Saenz received a curtain call from a crowd of 28,888 who appreciated the rare feat. It was only the ninth pinch-hit slam in Brooklyn/Los Angeles history.

Finley then destroyed his former team with a ninth-inning double to right-center against that drove in Cesar Izturis from first base with the winning run.

Finley, who had driven in all four Dodger runs during a victory over the Diamondbacks on Aug. 31, prompted the Dodgers to race out of the dugout in celebration after his clutch hit allowed them to maintain a 4 1/2 -game lead over San Francisco in the National League West.

The Dodgers trailed 3-0, overtook the Snakes on Saenz's shot, then found themselves in another hole in the sixth after a two-run homer off Elmer Dessens to give them a 5-4 lead.

Ventura pinch-hit for Jayson Werth in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out. With the fans pulling for another four-run performance, he hit a fielder's choice grounder that drove in the tying run.

Odalis Perez, who earned his major league-leading 17th no-decision — gave up a pair of homer to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead.

Dodger Blue Notes--Eric Karros made a guest appearance on the Dodger radio broadcast and said he was interested in playing again next season, "if he could find the right fit." Karros, the Los Angeles all-time home run leader with 270 over 12 seasons, was released by the Oakland Athletics on July 29. ... Vero Beach lost their first playoff game to Daytona 10-8 after the games were moved to Clearwater because of extensive damage to both the Vero Beach and Daytona stadiums. Trevor Gooby, general manager of the Dodgers' Class-A affiliate, reported that winds from hurricane Frances blew over the scoreboard, destroyed lights and bent a backstop screen, said . The storm also toppled trees throughout Dodgertown, the Dodgers' spring training facility. ... Adrian Beltré missed the annual team photo because he was five miles away and stuck in traffic. He did arrived in time for batting practice. ... The Dodgers' selections on the Florida State League All-Star team were right-handed pitcher Jonathan Broxton, catcher Russell Martin, second baseman Delwyn Young and shortstop Joel Guzman, who was promoted to Double-A Jacksonville on July 19.

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