Campanella Was Right

Roy Campanella said, What goes around, comes around," and the Dodgers proved that Sunday. After a tough error in the ninth inning, the Dodgers allowed four runs to lose 6-5 Saturday. Sunday, with the score tied, San Francisco made a crucial error and the Dodgers won 6-3. And Barry what's-his-name didn't hit a home run off the Los Angeles staff in the three game series as he had predicted.

Joe Beimel, a late addition to the Dodgers bullpen, pitched the final two innings of Sunday's 6-3 win over the Giants to earn his first save in four Major League seasons.

Ordinarily, the pitcher who earned a save for the team, while important, is not the lead paragraph in the game story but the Dodgers have had such a time closing out apparent wins, Beimel, who didn't realize he had earned a win until Eric Gagne told him in the clubhouse after the game, gets the nod this time.

In fact, Manager Grady Little pulled a surprise after starter Jae Seo worked six strong innings, allowing one run and keeping Barry Bonds in the park. With a 2-1 lead, Little waived Odalis Perez in from the bullpen to see his first action since May 2.

Much of Perez's dozen days off were spent in the Dominican Republic visiting his ailing mother, and although he allowed the tying run he was given credit for the win when the Dodgers scored three in the eighth, running his record over the Giants during the past three years to 5-0.

Perez had not pitched in relief since 2001 with the Braves and after the game said he didn't think it's reasonable to make that much money ($8 million) and throw one inning, "But what can you do?"

The Dodgers got a sacrifice fly from Olmedo Saenz in the fourth inning to tie the game 1-1 and a home run by Jeff Kent -- his sixth homer and fifth in six games -- in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. After the Giants tied it 2-2 off Perez in the seventh, the Dodgers scored a pair on a mishandled bunt in the eighth.

Ramon Martinez walked and Rafael Furcal singled in the eighth. The Giants pitcher fielded Kenny Lofton's bunt, and his throw glanced off shortstop Omar Vizquel's glove, who covered third on the play.

Martinez and Furcal scored as the ball rolled into left field. Nomar Garciaparra followed with a single to drive Lofton in. Over the last 20 games, he has driven in 22 runs and is hitting .354. Furcal added an RBI single in the ninth.

Seo, who should have taken the win home with him after the game, slowed the Barry Bonds Express, walking him in the first with a runner at third, tossing him out on a comebacker in the third, and walking him again with one out in the sixth.

Beimel got Bonds on a popup in the eighth inning after retiring him twice Friday night. Bonds is 1-for-8 with one homer lifetime against Beimel, and was 0-for-8 over all with four walks in the series.
  Score by innings
LA Dodgers    000 101 031-6
San Francisco 100 000 101-3

  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS      5 1 2 1 .235
Lofton, CF      5 2 1 0 .281
Garciaparra, 1B 4 0 1 1 .354
Kent, 2B        3 1 1 1 .219
Saenz, 3B       3 0 0 1 .310
 Beimel, P      0 0 0 0 .000
Cruz, RF        1 0 0 0 .250
Ethier, LF      4 0 1 0 .267
Martin C        3 1 0 0 .261
Seo, P          2 0 0 0 .167
 Aybar, PH      0 0 0 0 .375
 Perez, P       0 0 0 0 .083
 Martinez, 3B   1 1 1 0 .290
   Totals      31 6 7 4 
   SFrisco     32 3 6 3

  Errors- none. HR- Kent (6). 
RBI- Saenz (19), Kent (24), 
Garciaparra (22), Furcal (11). 
SF- Saenz.  LOB- Los Angeles 5, 
San Francisco 8. CS- Ethier (1), 
Furcal (4).

  Dodgers      in h r-er bb so era
Seo           6.0 3  1-1  2 2 5.31
Perez (W,4-1) 1.0 2  1-1  0 1 6.97
Beimel (S,1)  2.0 1  1-0  0 1 2.25
  T- 2:39. Att- 42,984.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Eric Gagne continues to make steady headway in his recovery from April 7 elbow surgery. In a bullpen session Sunday morning, he added his first curveballs to the fastballs and changeups he's already thrown. …Manager Grady Little said Baez was still his closer for Sunday's game despite his most recent blown save. Baez converted eight of his first nine save opportunities and he did not allow an earned run in his first 12 appearances. But since he and the bullpen blew a five-run lead in the ninth inning in San Diego on April 30, he has blown straight four save opportunities and allowed nine runs (seven earned) in 5.2 innings -- and 11.13 ERA. …Olmedo Saenz started at third base in place of rookie Willy Aybar, who committed an error on a bad-hop in the Giants four-run ninth inning Saturday.

Coming up: Brett Tomko (4-1, 2.93 ERA) the Rockies Monday night when the Dodgers open a three-game series at Coors Field. Tomko's record so far this year:
date    w-l      opp      in h r-er bb so era
April 7   W  5-3 at Phil   6 8  3-3 1  4 4.50
April 11 ND  5-9 at Pitts  5 9  5-5 1  4 6.55
April 17  L  1-4 Chicago   6 7  4-3 1  2 5.82
April 23  W  6-4 Arizona   6 4  2-1 3  4 4.70
April 29  W  4-2 at SDiego 7 5  2-2 0  2 4.20
May 4     ND 0-3 San Diego 7 5  0-0 2  9 3.41
May 10    W  9-6 Houston   6 1  0-0 1  3 2.93
  ND= no decision