Dodgers Snap Skid; Beat Giants in Ninth Inning

LOS ANGELES, California-- Jason Phillips grounded a two-out, ninth-inning single into right field with bases-loaded to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Giants, snapping their losing streak at six. With two out in the ninth, pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz walked and Oscar Robles singled. Cesar Izturis lined the ball off the first-base bag for a double to tie the game. Jeff Kent was walked intentionally to load the bases and bring up Phillips, who sent the 48,940 fans home happy.

The Dodgers entered the ninth with only one hit since the third, and Tyler Walker (2-2) retired the first two batters before pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz drew a four-pitch walk to start the winning rally.

San Francisco tapped starter Odalis Perez for a couple second inning runs. Jason Repko's RBI single in the bottom of the inning cut the lead to 2-1 but the Dodgers left the bases loaded.

Los Angeles launched a two-out rally in the third inning, after Hee-Seop Choi was nicked on the foot by a pitch. Three singles followed with Jason Werth's hit tying the game (and breaking an 0-for-21 skid) and Repko's put the Dodgers in front 3-2.

The game swung back to San Francisco as they rallied to tie in the fourth and then take the lead in the sixth with the help of a pair of bunts and a soft single to center.

Perez, making his third start since coming off the disabled list after missing 46 games because of soreness in his pitching shoulder, allowed nine hits and four runs in six innings while throwing 89 pitches, 62 of them strikes. He hasn't won since April 29.

Giovanni Carrara took over to work a scoreless seventh and Steve Schmoll (2-0) the eventual winner, allowed no hits over the final two innings and fanned three. It was the Dodgers eighth win in their last 29 games.

Oscar Robles, Mike Edwards and Repko each had a pair of hits

Dodger Blue Notes-- OF Milton Bradley began a rehab assignment with Las Vegas on Friday night and grounded out twice while playing five innings. He's been out since May 30 with a torn ligament in his right ring finger. ... Dodgers utilityman Mike Edwards singled in the second to snap an 0-for-16 drought, and singled again and scored in third. …Antonio Perez began a crash course in outfield play with coaches John Shelby and Manny Mota. With J.D. Drew out until September and Milton Bradley beginning an injury rehabilitation assignment in Las Vegas, Perez has a greater opportunity for at-bats in the outfield than the infield. A natural second baseman, Perez has been tried extensively this year at third base but he's clearly not comfortable there defensively. Perez is batting .325 overall, .529 against the Giants this year and .382 with runners in scoring position. …Jeff Weaver starts the series finale for the Dodgers on Sunday. He's made six quality starts since June 8 while receiving a total of 12 runs of support from the offense. …Tampa Bay designated Hideo Nomo for assignment on Saturday after he lasted just 2.2 innings in an 11-6 loss to Toronto, allowing seven runs and nine hits with three walks. It was the third time in the past five starts that Nomo. 37, allowed at least six runs, and dropped him to 5-8 with a 7.24 ERA in 19 starts. The first Japanese-born player to play in the majors after playing professionally in Japan has a record of 123-109 in a career that began when he was the 1995 NL Rookie of the Year for the Los Angeles Dodgers.