Out-of-Sync Dodgers Drop on to Pirates

The Dodgers had a number of things go wrong Sunday, losing the first series finale after winning the first six, making three errors, allowing a home run first first time in 63 innings and watching the bullpen surrender a run. Yet they rallied to pull within a couple of runs and had the tying run on base in the ninth before dropping a 7-5 decision to the Pirates.

An error in the first inning and two more in the third helped Pittsburgh build a 3-0 lead that Los Angeles, now 13-6, struggled with but couldn't overcome. They have won six of eight series this season.

Russell Martin threw the ball away on a stolen base attempt in the first, costing a run. Jeff Kent (throw) and Juan Pierre (dropped fly) made errors in the third and Los Angeles was retired in order the first three innings.

They got two back in the fourth on a single by Rafael Furcal, a double by Olmedo Saenz, Luis Gonzalez's single and a pair of walks.

Starter Brett Tomko allowed a pair of singles, a double and Adam LaRoche's home run in the sixth and Pittsburgh held a 5-2 margin. Saenz's homer in the bottom of the inning cut the lead to 5-3 before Chad Billingsley took over in the seventh and allowed the game to get out of hand.

The young righthander successively surrendered a single, a long fly ball to left, a walk and a two-run double before Joe Beimel could get warmed and into the game. He restored order by picking a runner of second and getting an easy grounder to first.

Rudy Seanez and Jonathan Broxton worked scoreless innings but to no avail.

The final two Dodger runs came in the eighth on Martin's fly and pinch-hitter Nomar Garciaparra's single, then put runners on first and second in the ninth but couldn't move them over.

Martin was in position to put the Dodgers in front with another grand slam home run, after hitting his first the night before in the 10th to break a 3-3 tie. His long fly to center scored a run but missed a historic second in two games. "I got my pitch and I just didn't hit it," Martin said. Garciaparra, who was almost given the day off, pinch hit after a Luis Gonzalez walk loaded the bases and singled to right field to drive the fifth run.

Tomko gave up five runs, three earned, and struck out seven in six innings.

Billingsley was 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 16 games as a starter last season. Moved to the bullpen late in the season, he had a 14.73 ERA in two appearances. After Sunday, he has a 6.52 ERA in six appearances this season.

Saenz has enjoyed tremendous success against the Pirates in his career. Last year, Saenz batted .524 (11-for-21) with three homers and nine RBI and his career numbers are .453 (24-for-53) with seven homers and 22 RBI.

After taking today (Monday) off, the Dodgers the Giants in a three-game series starting Tuesday with Derek Lowe, (2-2, 4.56) going for Los Angeles. Other starters include Randy Wolf vs Nick Lowry on Wednesday and Brad Penny going against Russ Ortiz in the series finale on Thursday.
 Score by innings
Pittsburgh	102 002 200-7
Dodgers	        000 201 020-5

 Dodgers	ab r  h bi ave
Furcal ss 	5  1  1  0  .163	 
Pierre cf 	5  1  2  0  .280
Seanez 1b 	4  3  2  1  .231 
Kent 2b 	5  0  0  0  .328 
Gonzalez lf	3  0  1  1  .317
Martin c	3  0  1  1  .185
Clark rf	2  0  0  1  .333
 Billingsley p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Beimel p 	0  0  0  0  .000	
 Saenz p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Garciaparra ph	1  0  1  1  .300
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
Valdez 3b	3  0  0  0  .125
 Anderson ph	0  0  0  0  .125
 Martinez ph	1  0  0  0  .185	 
Tomko p	        2  0  0  0  .000
 Ethier rf 	2  0  0  0  .261 
   Totals	35 5  8 5 	
   Pirates	35 7 11 6	 

 Errors- Martin (2), Kent (2), 
Pierre (2). 2B- Saenz (1). HR- 
Saenz (1). SF- Martin. RBI- 
Gonzalez (10), Clark (3), Saenz 
(3), Martin (14), Garciaparra (14). 
LOB- Los Angeles 8, Pittsburgh. 
DP- Furcal and Sanez 2; Furcal, 
Kent and Saenz.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Tomko (0-1)	6.0  8  5-3  2  7  2.85
Billingsley	0.1  2  2-2  1  0  6.52
Beimel	        0.2  0  0-0  0  0  0.93
Seanez	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  5.00
Broxton	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
 WP- Tomko. Time- 3:05. Att- 46,741.
Dodger Blue Notes-- De Jon Watson, the club's Director of Player Development, celebrated his 41st birthday Sunday. ...Martin's first career grand slam Saturday night was the 11th walk-off slam in franchise history, joining Hack Wilson (5/14/33), Dolph Camilli (8/23/42) Jackie Robinson (6/24/48), Tommy Davis (6/2/61), Davey Lopes (7/6/78 and 9/2/79), Mike Marshall (9/7/83), Dave Hansen (6/28/93), Finley (10/2/04) and Nomar Garciaparra (9/24/06). 

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