Close but (again) no cigar

The luckless Dodgers scored three in the eighth inning to tie the game, only to lose in the 11th on a pop-fly double that fell between three fielders and earned them their sixth loss in succession and 11th in the last 12 games. Rookies Andre Ethier and Russell Martin sparked a resurgent offense, knocking in five of the six runs, and Derek Lowe added a strong start but in the end nothing changed.

Ethier slammed four hits, including a pair of home runs, tying the score 1-1 with a solo homer to lead off the second and giving the Dodgers a rare lead in the third inning with a two-run shot. Martin was 2-for-4 with two RBI, a walk, a run and two steals, including third base.

Down three in the eighth, Rafael Furcal drew a walk but was forced by J.D. Drew. Ethier singled him to third and Martin slugging a low shot to right that glanced off the right fielder's glove for a two-run double.

Ricky Ledee lined a pinch-hit singled to left that scored Martin. Kenny Lofton, running for Ledee, was thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning. It was only the second time in 18 attempts he was caught stealing.

Reliever Giovanni Carrara gave up a two-run popup to Jesse Barfield in the last of the 11th that fell in a group of Dodger fielders for a double. Josh Bard spanked a shot up the middle that drove him in, making a loser of Carrara and the Dodgers.

The club has now lost 11 of 12 since the All-Star break, scoring a total of 23 runs in the process. However, the Dodgers doubled the number of runs they had scored in any of their last 10 losses.

Starter Derek Lowe, trying to end a personal three-start losing streak, w, worked a strong game retiring nine straight batters at one point.

But with the score 3-3, Lowe gave up a single and walk and left the game after 6.2 innings, having allowed seven hits.

Dodgers relievers had given up one run over their last 14 innings, but Jonathan Broxton took over and served up a three-run homer to Mike Cameron, putting the Dodgers in a 6-3 hole.

Takashi Saito pitched two very solid innings. He struck out three and allowed one hit in the eighth and ninth. He lowered his season ERA to 2.02.

Furcal also had a tough night. He led off the third inning with a double, but was thrown out trying to steal third and Furcal tripled with one out in the fifth. Drew struck out and Nomar Garciaparra lofted an easy fly to center, stranding Furcal on third. Drew is hitting .258 with runners in scoring position.

The Dodgers (47-53), who have yet to win in extra innings this season, fell into last place alone in the NL West, 5 1/2 games behind the division-leading Padres.
  Score by innings
San Diego 101 001 300 01-7
Dodgers   012 000 300 00-6

  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS      4 0 2 0 .268
Drew, RF        5 1 0 0 .279
Garciaparra, 1B 4 1 0 0 .327
Ethier, LF      5 3 4 3 .349
Martin, C       4 1 2 2 .289
Aybar, 2B       3 0 0 0 .248
 Broxton, P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Beimel, P      0 0 0 0 .000
 Ledee, PH      1 0 1 1 .268
 Lofton, PR     0 0 0 0 .296
 Saito, P       0 0 0 0 .000
 Saenz, PH      1 0 0 0 .297
 Carrara, P     0 0 0 0 .000
Repko, CF       2 0 0 0 .296
 Cruz, PH-CF    3 0 0 0 .234
Izturis, 3B     4 0 0 0 .263
Lowe, P         2 0 0 0 .075
 Martinez, 2B   3 0 1 0 .309
   Totals      41 6 10 6
   San Diego   45 7 12 7 

  Error- Aybar, Lowe. 2B: 
Furcal (17), Martin (17). 
3B: Furcal (3). HR: Ethier 
2 (8). RBI: Ethier 3 (36), 
Martin 2 (39), Ledee (8). 
LOB: San Diego 7, Los Angeles 
6. SB: Martin 2 (5), Izturis 
(1). CS: Lofton (2), Furcal (10).

  Dodgers     in h r-er bb so era
Lowe          6.2 7 5-3 1 6 4.18
Broxton       0.1 1 1-1 0 1 3.48
Beimel        1.0 1 0-0 0 1 3.64
Saito         2.0 1 0-0 0 3 2.02
Carrara (0-1) 1.0 2 1-1 1 0 2.51
  Balk-Lowe. T-3:39. Att-38,050.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Jason Repko made his first appearance in 2 1/2-months after going on the disabled list on May 10 with a sprained left ankle, injured when he dug his foot into the outfield wall attempting to catch a home run. Before he was injured, Repko had a .304 batting average. He made his first start in center field in the series opener against the Padres, going 0-for-2. …Over the previous 11 games, 10 of them losses, rookies Andre Ethier and Russell Martin were Nos. 1 and 2 on the club in batting average over that period. Ethier hit at a .286 clip and Martin at .265 since the All-Star break. But over the last seven games entering Monday, they had .320 and .318 averages. On the flip side of the coin, Nomar Garciaparra entered 5-for-27 (,185) in the last seven games. J.D. Drew had a .250 batting average since the All-Star break. Not all that bad, considering the team is hitting .133 with runners in scoring position since the All-Star break.…Manager Grady Little said he has not experienced an episode like this even in his 16 years as a Minor League coach. Still, the manager remained optimistic. …The Padres' victory was their 300th over the Dodgers, against 326 losses. San Diego has won six of the last seven meetings. …Mark Hendrickson (0-2,7.62 ERA) gets his chance to turn things around in the second game of the series against tonight the Padres. Former Dodger Chan Ho Park (6-6, 4.64 ERA) will start for San Diego.

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