Grand Slam Slams Dodgers

The Dodgers seemed on the verge of pushing the Giants further into second place Saturday in San Francisco, building 2-0 and 4-2 lead but each disappeared before a 12-hit attack. The cruelest blow came in the eighth inning with the game tied 5-5 when a two-our grand slam put a lid on a traditional battle between these storied rivals.

The Dodgers had little choice but to send Lima to the mound with a broken thumb, suffered in his Sept. 13 start. The thumb was painful and swollen and while Lima battled desperately, he just didn't have his good stuff. He left in the fourth and spent the rest of the game in the dugout with his hand wrapped in ice.

The Dodgers were playing without Shawn Green, who was observing the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, but for a time it didn't appear he would be needed. Adrian Beltré gave L.A. a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run double after Cesar Izturis singled to lead the game off and Jayson Werth walked.

San Francisco countered with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the inning, then tied the game in the second on a double and a single by the Giants pitcher.

Alex Cora surprised the packed house by slamming a home run into McCovey Cove with Robin Ventura on base after a double.

Again the Giants rallied, knocking Jose Lima out of the game with two out in the fourth before Sammy Stewart could restore order. Stewart gave up the go-ahead run in the fifth but a base-running mistake by Barry Bonds cut the rally short. Milton Bradley boomed his 19th homer in the sixth to tie the game and pretty much end the Dodgers offensive effort for the afternoon.

The game rolled into the bottom of the eighth tied 5-5 before Yhency Brazoban, who entered the game with a microscopic 0.93 ERA, gave up a single and a pair of walks, then with two out he served up a long grand slam home run and the game was effectively over.

Despite the final score, this was another Dodgers-Giants classic in which Barry Bonds was walked all five times he came up. The Dodgers got a splash home run from Alex Cora, a two-run double from Adrian Beltré and a clutch tying shot from Milton Bradley.

San Francisco cut the Dodger lead to 1 1/2 games (two in the loss column) with another crucial game Sunday against the Giants.