Still Looking for No. 5

Jae Seo couldn't get out of the third inning in his previous start, so the face that he went four innings this time is progress, right? Well, maybe. He allowed five hits -- including a pair of long home runs -- and three earned runs over his four innings of work and Danys Baez gave a 5-3 lead back in a horrendous five-run sixth that resulted in an 8-6 Phillie win.

After held hitless and trailing 3-0, Los Angeles first broke through in the bottom of the fourth, when Kenny Lofton led off the inning with a single, but was caught stealing, breaking his string of 11 straight steals in 2006 and a longer streak (19) stretching back to September, 2005.

Nomar Garciaparra and Joel Guzman walked before Willy Aybar slugged a two-run double to score them both cutting the Phillies' lead to 3-2.

A home run by Matt Kemp in the fifth tied the game 3-3. Later in the inning, Nomar Garciaparra singled home Rafael Furcal -- his 37th RBI-- and Guzman followed with a single, his first major league hit and RBI, to score Garciaparra to make it 5-3.

Kemp's home run was his second in as many games and although his Los Angeles experience is not scheduled to be a long one, he has imprinted his considerable talents on the minds of the Dodger coaching staff.

Of the six RBI recorded by the Dodgers, four were off the bats of youngsters who were not with the team on Opening Day.

With the remarkable difference the influx of minor league standouts have made in the first third of the season, the arrival of the crown jewel in the system's crown, righthander Chad Billingsley, seems to be the next logical move.

The Dodgers were hoping that he could spend the entire minor league season in Las Vegas polishing his craft, but in the dogfight that the National League West has become, you can't keep spending six runs without getting a "W" in the book.

Seo has been in and out this season, allowing two runs over 13 innings a pair of games before his Washington start and the Dodgers won both. But then he lasted 2.2 against Washington and 4.0 against the Phillies with --- hits and --- runs posted against his account.

He's a pitcher who relies on location and when that is missing, he is quickly missing, too. But when he is on, he's very effective. However, Friday marked the fourth time in nine starts Seo couldn't get into the fifth inning.

Perez, replaced by Aaron Sele in the starting rotation, pitched a scoreless fifth inning, giving up one hit. Rookie Jonathan Broxton tacked on another zero before Baez was battered. He allowed three hits and a pair of walks without retiring a Phillie and Takashi Saito was tagged for a couple hits that cleared Baez's runners off the bases.

Joe Beimel didn't allow a run before Eric Gagne gave the 55,142 fans in attendance what they had bee waiting for. The most successful relief pitcher in club history made his first relief appearance since June 12, 2005.

He got the first Phillie to bounce to second base on his second pitch, then blew the next batter away with a 94 mph third strike. He hit one, walked one, then got the last out with a ground ball to short.
  Score by innings
Philadelphia 101 100 500-8
Dodgers      000 230 010-6
 
  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS      4 1 0 0 .257
Lofton, CF      5 0 2 0 .315
Garciaparra, 1B 4 2 2 1 .361
Guzman 3B       4 1 1 1 .200
Aybar, 2B       3 0 1 2 .323
Ethier, LF      4 0 0 0 .304
Cruz, RF        2 0 0 0 .232
  Perez, P      0 0 0 0 .071
  Broxton, P    0 0 0 0 .000
  Drew, PH      1 0 0 0 .279
  Baez, P       0 0 0 0 .000
  Saito, P      0 0 0 0 .000
  Beimel, P     0 0 0 0 .000
  Saenz, PH     1 1 1 0 .302
  Gagne, P      0 0 0 0 .000
Alomar, C       4 0 2 1 .354
Seo, P          0 0 0 0 .125
  Kemp, RF      3 1 1 1 .375
    Totals     35 6 10 6  
    Phillies   37 8 11 8

  Error- Furcal. 2B- Aybar (7), 
Saenz (8), Alomar (4). HR- Kemp 
(2). RBI- Aybar 2 (15), Kemp (6), 
Garciaparra (37), Guzman, J (1), 
Alomar (8). LOB- Philadelphia 9, 
Los Angeles 7. SB- Furcal (12). 
CS- Lofton (1). DP- (Aybar, 
Furcal and Garciaparra).
 
  Dodgers      in h r-er bb so era
Seo           4.0 5  3-3  1 4 5.47
Perez         1.0 1  0-0  1 2 6.05
Broxton       1.0 0  0-0  0 1 1.00
Baez (L, 3-3) 0.0 3  5-5  2 0 3.95
Saito         1.0 1  0-0  0 1 2.33
Beimel        1.0 1  0-0  0 0 1.89
Gagne         1.0 0  0-0  1 1 0.00
  T- 3:11. Att- 55,142.
Dodgers interested in Maddux?-- The Los Angeles Times reported that GM Ned Colletti is looking for starting pitching help before the July 31 trade deadline, and Greg Maddux's is on his list. Maddux is in the final year of a three-year deal with the Cubs. Even though he doesn't have a no-trade clause in his contract, it's believed there's a "handshake" agreement that the Cubs would not try to move him during the length of the contract.

Dodger blue Notes-- The Dodgers can put Joel Guzman just about anywhere they want but he started at third base Friday night. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound's big bat is the important thing. "The guy's job is his bat. That will dictate how much he's going to play and where he plays," Manager Grady Little told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "That's his No. 1 position, hitting." …Right-hander Brad Penny (5-1, 2.87 ERA) will take the mound against the Phillies this afternoon.

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