Take Two: Garciaparra Beats Brewers Again

In the land of sequels, the Dodgers staged one of their own Saturday night. With the score tied in the ninth, Nomar Garciaparra pushed a ground ball toward the right side of hte infield that skipped under the outstretched mitt of the Brewer first baseman, easily driving home Kenny Lofton from second and giving the Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Brewers on Saturday before 46,087 fans who left the game rubbing their eyes in amazement.

It wasn't exactly the same as Rocky I, II, III, etc. but Manager Grady Little wouldn't complain if the Roman numerals grew into the MCs.

Garciaparra's third hit of the game boosted his batting average to .306 and enhanced his growing legend in Los Angeles. He added a pair of doubles and drove in a run for each of his three hits.

To make his evening complete, he made a key defensive play in the sixth inning, keeping his foot on the first-base bag just long enough before falling to the ground to snare a wide throw from Rafael Furcal to complete an inning-ending double play and a 3-3 tie.

But it was that ninth-inning at-bat against that settled it, just as Garciaparra's ninth-inning at-bat against had done the night before.

The Dodgers won consecutive games for the first time in a week. They made it possible for unthinkable season-first three-game sweep.

Starter Brad Penny, aafter not walking more than three batters in any of his six previous starts, generously passed one per inning through the first six and teetered on the edge of disaster most of the evening. Little finally came to rescue Penny after his 116th pitch in the sixth inning.

The right-hander had six while striking out four and giving up seven hits before Joe Beimel, just days ago working in a Las Vegas uniform, escaped from the mess he inherited, getting a double play -- with the help of Garciaparra's work at first base -- then worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning before leaving for pinch-hitter Oscar Robles. It was Beimel's fourth appearance without allowing a run.

Takashi Saito pitched the eighth, working out of a jam with runners at first and second.

Closer Danys Baez (2-1) blew a 4-3 lead in the ninth but again wound up getting the victory for the second night in a row.

The Brewers scored in the first but Los Angeles tied on Garciaparra's RBI double, which scored Furcal from second. Milwaukee tapped Penney for a pair of runs in the third.

The Dodgers tied it with a two-run rally in the fifth on doubles by Lofton and Garciaparra and Kent's RBI groundout. Despite the RBI, Kents slump continued and his average slipped to .188.
  Score by innings
Milwaukee    102 000 001-4
Los Angeles  100 020 011-5

  Los Angeles ab r h bi ave
Furcal SS      3 1 0 0 .203
Lofton CF      5 2 2 0 .254
Garciaparra 1B 5 1 3 3 .306
Drew RF        2 0 0 1 .290
Kent 2B        3 1 0 0 .188
Saenz 3B       4 0 1 0 .313
  Martinez 3B  0 0 0 0 .276
Cruz Jr LF     3 0 1 1 .253
Martin C       2 0 0 0 .333
Penny P        2 0 0 0 .250
  Beimel P     0 0 0 0 .000
  Robles PH    0 0 0 0 .143
  Repko PR     0 0 0 0 .309
  Saito P      0 0 0 0 .000
  Ethier PH    1 0 0 0 .182
  Baez P       0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals    30 5   7 5 
    Milwaukee 35 4 10 4 

  Errors- none. 2B hits-Lofton 2, 
Garciaparra 2, Saenz. SF-Cruz. SB- 
Furcal (7), Repko 2 (8). LOB-
Milwaukee 11, Los Angeles 9.  
DP- Dodgers 1 (Kent, Furcal 
and Garciaparra).
 
 Los Angeles  in h r-er bb so era
Penny        5.1 7 3-3  6 4  2.98
Beimel       1.2 0 0-0  0 0  0.00
Saito        1.0 1 0-0  1 1  3.45
Baez (W 2-1) 1.0 2 1-1  0 1  2.60
  T-3:22. A-46087.

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