Dodger Rally Too Little, Too Late

Dave Roberts was a favorite of the Dodger fans while in Dodger Blue but apparently wasn't a favorite of the General Manager who let him slip away, although Paul DePodesta said later he regretted the move. Roberts made a painful return to Dodger Stadium, slugging a homer, single and stealing a base in the Giants 5-3 win. Barry Bonds was 0-for-2 -- the Lion was tamed but the mouse killed them.

Coupled with the Padres win over the Diamondbacks, the Dodger lead in the National League West dwindled to one game.
  N.L. West 	 w-l    gb   
Dodgers      	13- 7  -- 
Padres       	12- 8  1.0  
Giants        	10- 8  2.0  
Diamondbacks 	10-11  3.5  
Rockies       	 8-13  5.5
After the Dodgers out-bid the Giants for center fielder Juan Pierre, San Francisco signed Roberts and although he had a big game, Dodger starter Derek Lowe had a sub-par game, allowing nine hits and four runs, although one run was unearned after a throwing error by catcher Russell Martin. Randy Winn helped out with a single and double plus two RBI.

On the other side of the field, the Dodgers struggled to solve the 65-mph curveball by right-hander Matt Morris, who limited the Dodgers to six hits and three runs.

The Dodgers' winning streak of eight straight also went by the boards. It was the eighth longest streak since 1922 and included a series sweep in San Francisco early in April. But the Giants have won their last six in a row and Los Angeles has slipped a bit from their lofty .700+ percentage mark.

Roberts, who came into the game with a .214 average and in an 0-for-10 funk, singled, stole second, moving to third on Martin's fourth error of the season and third in three games, scoring on an innocent ground ball.

The Giants added a run in the second, then Roberts whacked a changeup from Lowe, who had retired nine in a row, into the right-field seats for his first home run of the season. Joe Beimel allowed a rare run in the eighth.

Morris, who averaged 16 wins a season over a five-year stretch for St. Louis, didn't allow a hit over the first three innings and gave up just a single to Nomar Garciaparra over the first six. He allowed the first run in the fifth when Martin doubled and later scored on a Wilson Betemit fly.

Bonds, who came in with a seven-game hitting streak and five home runs among his 11 hits over his last 20 at-bats, was victimized by the Dodgers' infield shift,grounding out to Jeff Kent well into the hole between first and second and lining out to shortstop Rafael Furcal who was positioned on the second base side of the bag , walking in the fifth and seventh. Bonds is 0-for-8 against Lowe.

Lowe lost his third in five decisions, his earned run average jumping to 4.40. He struck out four and is two shy of 1.000 for his career.

Morris gave up three consecutive one-out singles in the eighth to Rafael Furcal, Pierre and Nomar Garciaparra to cut the lead to 5-3 when Kent's groundout off reliever Brad Hennessey scored Pierre. Then Luis Gonzalez bounced into an inning-ending double play.

They added two hits in the ninth inning on singles by Martin and pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson but the mini-rally fell short.

The Dodgers continue their series with the north rivals on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. PT with an all-lefty showdown featuring Noah Lowry (1-2, 2.70 ERA) for the Giants and Randy Wolf, (3-1, 3.38) for the Dodgers.
 Score by innings
San Francisco	110 020 010-5
Los Angeles	000 010 020-3

 Dodgers	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  1  1  0  .170
Pierre cf	4  1  1  0  .279
Garciaparra 1b	4  0  2  1  .311
Kent 2b	        4  0  1  1  .324
Gonzalez lf	4  0  1  0  .313
Martin c	4  1  2  0  .323
Ethier rf	4  0  0  0  .240
Betemit 3b	1  0  0  1  .122
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Tsao p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Saenz ph	1  0  0  0  .214
Lowe p	        2  0  0  0  .143
 Valdez 3b	1  0  0  0  .312
 Anderson ph	1  0  1  0  .222
    Totals	34 3  9 3
    Giants	37 5 11 5

 Error- Martin (4). 2B- Martin (4), Gonzalez (4). 
RBI- Betemit (6), Garciaparra (15), Kent (14). 
SF- Betemit. LOB- Dodgers 7, Giants 9.

 Dodgers	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Lowe (2-3)	7.0  9  4-3  4  1  4.40
Beimel	        0.2  2  1-1  1  1  1.74
Tsao	        1.1  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
 Balk- Lowe. T:2:39. Att- 44,001.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Jason Schmidt, who is out with arm troubles, is taking a few days off to be with his new baby boy, Maddon. The Schmidt's have a daughter Makynlee and a son, Mason. ...Yhency Brazoban will move to Triple-A Las Vegas for his next round of rehab after working 4.1 innings over three starts at Single-A Inland Empire. Manager Grady Little implied that Brazoban would have a spot on the roster when he returns, making it upset-stomach time for Rudy Seanez, Chad Billingsley and Chin-hui Tsao. ...Lefty Hong-Chih Kuo will pitch a simulated game Wednesday (today) and may also be close to claiming a spot on the staff but will also make a rehab start or two before returning. ...Lefty Scott Elbert, the club's top pitching prospect, missed his past start for Double-A Jacksonville after experiencing shoulder soreness following a bullpen. He will be examined and more will be known then ... Cristine Hurley, the Dodgers' senior vice president and chief financial officer and one of the highest-ranking team officials left from the NewsCorp days, has resigned for personal reasons effective May 4.

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