Dodgers Broom the Redlegs

Mothers in attendance at the Dodgers-Reds game on Mother's Day and those at home watching, saw a lot of grown men wearing a little pink ribbons on their jerseys, with matching wrist bands and pink bats. All that and more will raise money for breast cancer research but aside from that the ladies must have smiled to watching how the Dodgers swung those pink bats: 18 hits, 10 runs and a 10-5 win.

Mark Hendrickson started and was given a 3-1 lead after two but he was walking on the edge of a cliff most of the game, stumbling a bit but never falling, until the fourth when Ken Griffey pushed him over the precipice with a shot into the right field seats (#570) and he left trailing 5-3, although one run was unearned on a Nomar Garciaparra boot.

L.A. climbed out of the valley and battled back to tie the game in the sixth, then nailed things down by sending 10 men to the plate in the eighth, collecting five hits, a couple walks and five runs to complete the three-game sweep.

The three Brawny Bees -- Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton (2-1) and Joe Beimel -- stopped Cincinnati it their tracks, limiting them to only a pair of walks and no runs over the final 3.1 innings and striking out four of them.

Leading the season-high Dodger hit parade was the formerly slumping Rafael Furcal who was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a perfect squeeze bunt and a pair of runs batted in. He boosted his average from .228 to .254 during the nearly three-hour game.

Garciaparra had a trio of hits and three runs batted in. Jeff Kent singled and homered (#4) while Juan Pierre singled twice and stole his 15th base.

Manager Grady Little started Wilson Betemit at third base and the big guy doubled to right field in the second inning and scored.

In a double switch when Hendrickson left the game, Andy LaRoche moved into the ninth slot in the lineup and took over at third. He singled in the sixth and scored, then singled in the eighth and scored the winning run. On his second trip to the plate in the eighth he popped out to end the inning.

Hendrickson gave up a pair of runs in the first but didn't allow a run. Garciaparra's error in the second was followed by two singles, the second of which tied the game but avoided a big inning and left a pair on base.

His wheels came off in the fourth inning. After a single, a force play at second and a sac bunt, the big pitcher gave up single, single, Griffey homer and the Dodgers trailed by two.

Kent got one back in the fifth on a lightening bolt into the left field seats and the Dodgers tied the game in the sixth without getting the ball out of the infield.

LaRoche singled sharply to left and after a wild pitch, Furcal beat out an infield hit. Furcal stole second and on the play, the Reds shortstop fumbled the ball for a moment and LaRoche scampered home to tie the game.

LaRoche also started the big eighth inning with a single to left. Furcal singled and with runners at first and third, the Reds played the infield in. Pierre hit a soft, looping liner that nearly hit the second base bag as it skipped into center field to break the tie. Garciaparra's third hit drove in Furcal, Russell Martin walked and pinch-hitter Ramon Martinez also walked to force in a run. Ether's single to center drove in the final two.

The Dodgers have won 16 of the last 20 games between the old rivals after sweeping all six games in 2006. The slumping Reds lost their 10 game in the last 11.

The St. Louis comes to town for a three-game series with Brett Tomko (1-3, 4.33 ERA) on the mound for the Dodgers and Brad Thompson (1-0, 4.03 ERA) for the Cardinals in the opener of a three-game set. The Cardinals have been struggling and one might hope they will fail to get their act together until after the Wednesday game.
 Score by innings
Cincinnati	010 400 000- 5
Los Angeles	120 011 05x-10

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  2  4  1  .254
Pierre cf	4  1  2  1  .290
Garciaparra 1b	5  1  3  2  .299
Kent 2b	        5  1  2  1  .293 
 Clark lf	0  0  0  0  .263
Gonzalez lf	5  0  2  0  .279
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
Martin c	3  1  0  0  .318
Betemit 3b	3  1  1  0  .164
 Billingsley p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saenz ph	1  0  1  0  .259
 Wolf pr	0  0  0  0  .125
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Martinez ph-2b 0  0  0  1  .176
Ethier rf	5  1  1  2  .266
Hendrickson p	1  1  0  0  .000
 LaRoche 3b	3  2  2  0  .333
   Totals	39 10 18 9
   Cincinnati	35  5  8 5 

 Error- Garciaparra (3), Furcal (5). 2B- Furcal 
2 (7), Betemit(4). HR- Kent (4). RBI- Garciaparra 
3 (24), Furcal (9), Kent (20), Pierre (8), 
Martinez(7), Ethier 2 (19). S-Pierre. Furcal. 
SB- Furcal 2 (5), Pierre (15). LOB- Los Angeles
11, Cincinnati 10.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Hendrickson	5.2  8  5-4  2  3  2.61
Billingsley	1.1  0  0-0  1  2  4.19
Broxton (2-1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.33
Beimel	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  3.93
 T- 2:59. Att- 41,399.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Manager Grady Little, admiring his starters and how they have averaged six innings plus over the last 13 games, gave some of the success to what they learned from Greg Maddux last season. Little told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that Maddux taught a lot of the guys on the staff how to watch a game, how to analyze what opposing batters do and how to do it from the dugout. "A young pitcher can learn a lot from a veteran guy like that. A lot of guys did here, and I'm sure some of the young guys in San Diego will, too," Little said. "Sitting right there on that bench, he taught our pitchers how to sit down and watch a game." ...Outfielder Marlon Anderson was back in the clubhouse after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips and scar tissue from his elbow. Anderson said he felt good and could it felt better already. ...Dodger infielder Olmedo Saenz whacked his 38th career pinch-hit as a Dodger with a seventh-inning single, moving him past Mickey Hatcher into seventh place on the franchise pinch-hits list.  

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