Three In Ninth Gives Dodgers 6-4 Over Braves

Unbeknownst to the Braves, the Dodgers were celebrating throw-back night, not wearing old uniforms or any thing like that, but playing like they did in 2004, when a ninth-inning rally was expected, not a surprise. They parlayed four hits and a pair of walks in the ninth inning to overcome a 4-3 deficit and stun the Braves 6-4. A two-run single by Olmedo Saenz put L.A. in front for the first time in the game. Oscar Robles' single allowed some breathing room and gave Giovanni Carrara the win.

The Dodgers reverted to 2004 style in the top of the ninth when Jayson Werth doubled to center and Hee-Seop Choi bounced a single into left field. Ricky Ledee batted for Dioner Navarro and worked a walk to load the bases.

Olmedo Saenz drove a sharp ground ball into left field, scoring Werth and pinch-runner Jason Repko. Cesar Izturis was intentionally walked to again load the bases.

Oscar Robles singled up the middle to drive in the sixth run and leave the bases loaded and it looked as if the Dodgers would add more to their total but Dan Kolb, the third pitcher of the inning for Atlanta, retired the side with no more damage, getting Milton Bradley to hit into a force at the plate and Jeff Kent to bounced into a double play.

Duaner Sanchez, a member of the bullpen by committee group, retired the Braves 1-2-3 in the ninth to earn his first save.

Lowe worked seven innings and allowed seven hits and four runs -- three earned -- while throwing 120 pitches. Giovanni Carrara (7-4) had no trouble in the last of the eight, collecting a couple of strikeouts in the bargain. For his efforts, he earned the win.

The Dodgers improved to 54-64 and won their third game in their last four outings. San Diego won so they didn't gain any ground on them, staying five games back of the league-leaders.

It looked like it would be a dark and stormy night for the Dodgers after Chipper Jones homered off Derek Lowe in the first inning and Brian McCann and Rafael Furical added solo homers in the second.

The Dodgers tied the game briefly in the top of the second when Jayson Werth singled, sped to third on a single by Hee-Seop Choi and scored when Dioner Navarro bounced into a force play at second.

Trailing 3-1, Los Angeles tied the game in the top of the third when Cesar Isturis doubled and scored on Jeff Kent's two-out single. Jose Valentin singled and when the throw from right field was off-line, Kent scored and Valentin ended up at third.

But Choi ended the inning on a sharp grounder to first.

Braves starter John Schmolz and Lowe settled in at that point and the game rolled along in a tie into the last of the seventh.

The Dodgers had escaped additional trouble in the third and fifth innings, on a pair of double play balls.

But in the bottom of the seventh, pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson lived on Jeff Kent's error and Manager Jim Tracy was ejected from the game for arguing that Johnson was out at first.

The boot proved costly when Furical bunted Johnson to second and Marcus Giles scored him with a single to right to give Atlanta a 4-3 margin.

Robles doubled to lead off the eighth but Milton Bradley, Kent and Valentin could not move him off the bag.

Then the old Dodgers jumped out of the cake in the ninth and shouted "Surprise!"

Dodger Blue Notes-- Only 24,692 fans were on hand for the game, making you wonder if the Braves success [13 going on 14 straight division titles] might have them a bid bored. …Tracy went out of his way before the game to heap praise on the tough performance of Brad Penny in Sunday afternoon's dramatic victory over the New York Mets. Penny threw his first complete game since April 4, 2002 at Montreal as a member of the Florida Marlins. Hee-Seop Choi was Tracy's choice to be in the lineup against Braves ace John Smoltz. Choi was 2-for-3 against the Atlanta veteran who has gone from starter to stopper and back to stopper. Choi rewarded his manager's confidence by banging a pair of singles. …Jonathan Broxton, who grew up in Waynesboro, Georgia, was back in his home country. The rookie has worked in six games and has nine strikeouts. …Former Dodger pitcher Carlos Perez was ordered to pay $15 million in damages after being found liable in a sexual assault civil trial in Vero Beach, Florida. Amy McQuillin was awarded the full amount she sought for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. The two-day trial was conducted despite Perez, 34, failing to attend either day. According to court documents, he is believed to reside in the Dominican Republic. Perez, who earned $17.8 million in five major league seasons, pitched for the Dodgers from 1998 to 2000.