Betemit's Single Boost L.A. to Ninth in a Row

Wilson Betemit's seventh inning single with the bases loaded drove in the tying and eventual winning run as the Dodgers came back from a 3-1 deficit to score six and take home a 7-3 win and their ninth win in a row. Mark Hendrickson won his first Dodger game on his seventh start, allowing three runs in six innings and benefitting from the rally in the seventh.

The winning streak comes after the Dodgers lost 13 of 14 games following the All-Star break. Florida was swept for the first time since May 19-21 at Tampa Bay.

Ramon Martinez led off the seventh with an infield single and moved up on a passed ball. Rafael Furcal beat out a bunt to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, then stole second. When Jason Repko walked to load the bases, that was it for Olsen.

Bases-loaded walks to Julio Lugo and Olmedo Saenz forced in Ramon Martinez and Rafael Furcal, who had both singled, before Betemit' shot to center, the first ball of the inning that left the infield. Toby Hall's double also left the infield and drove in two more runs to ice the Los Angeles cake.

For a time it looked like the Dodgers would score when they shouldn't have and didn't score when they should.

Furcal led off the first inning with a walk, and went to all the way to third on a wild pitch. When the Marlin's catcher tried to nail him at third, he threw the ball into left field and Furcal scored easily.

Then they loaded the bases in the second on a double by Andre Ethier, hitting in his 10th straight game, a walk to Betemit and a short single to center by Hall. But Scott Olson buckled down and fanned Martinez, Hendrickson and Furcal to quell the threat.

In the second, Lugo and Saenz singled with one out but again, Olson got out of the jam with a double play.

Mark Hendrickson (1-4) earned his first win in seven starts since the Dodgers acquired him from Tampa Bay. He allowed six hits and three runs in six innings.

Florida scored twice in the second when Cody Ross singled to lead off and scored when Wes Helms doubled off the top of the scoreboard, missing a home run by inches. Helms took third on a groundout and scored on the squeeze by Paul Hoover, who beat out the bunt for a hit.

The Marlins made it 3-1 in the fifth off Hendrickson and things looked dark for the Dodgers until their explosive seventh.

The Dodgers flew home with their first series sweep in Miami since May 19-21, 2000 in their pocket and a perfect, 6-0 road trip record, climbing over .500 (56-55) and remained in the thick of the NL West and wild-card races.
  Score by innings
Dodgers  100 000 600-7
Florida  002 010 000-3
  
  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss     5 2 2 0 .287
Repko cf      3 1 1 0 .281
Lugo 2b       4 1 1 1 .208
Saenz 1b      3 0 2 1 .301
 Loney pr-1b  1 1 0 0 .267
Ethier lf     5 0 1 0 .349
Betemit 3b    4 1 1 2 .278
Hall c        5 0 2 2 .310
Martinez rf   4 1 1 0 .297
 Tomko p      0 0 0 0 .120
 Broxton p    0 0 0 0 .000
 Saito p      0 0 0 0 .000
Hendrickson p 2 0 0 0 .000
 Drew ph-rf   2 0 0 0 .279
    Totals   38 7 11 6
    Florida  35 3  8 3

  2B - Ethier (17); Hall (1); Furcal 
(23). RBI - Lugo (2), Saenz (42), 
Betemit 2 (34), Hall 2 (5). LOB - 
Los Angeles 9, Florida 8. SB - 
Furcal (26).

  Dodgers         in h r-er bb so era
Hendrickson (1-4) 6.0 6 3-3 2 4 4.83
Tomko             1.0 1 0-0 0 1 4.93
Broxton           1.0 0 0-0 0 1 3.04
Saito             1.0 1 0-0 0 1 2.33
  Time- 3:11. Att- 14,182.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Ramon Martinez started in right field, his first appearance in the outfield since 2002. ...The Dodgers had not been over .500 since they were 46-45 before play on July 16.

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