He reversed his course and slide safely into third with an unexpected stolen base. Furcal was then walked intentionally and Pierre was hit on the knee. OK, the ball barely ruffled his uniform pants near the knee but that was enough to force in the winning run.
You could call it a rare, walk-off hit by pitch.
Starter Randy Wolf was seeking his seventh win of the season, which would have tied him for the league lead in the NL. He certainly pitched well enough, allowing only three hits and no runs while striking out five. Wolf has allowed four earned runs in 26 innings (1.38) over his last four starts.
He was matched by Rich Hill of Chicago, who duplicated Wolf's numbers except he fanned three.
The Dodgers had collected only three hits, two loopers by Furcal in the first (extending his hitting streak to 13 games) and another soft single to left by Luis Gonzalez in the fifth. Furcal lined a single in the sixth.
From that solid hit onward, five Dodgers went out in order. Ethier homered to tie things, then nine more went down in order before the strange 11th inning rally.
The Dodgers were trailing 1-0 in the last of the eighth, when they got a clutch, pinch-hit home run from Andre Ethier. It was his first pinch-hit homer in the majors and his first pinch-hit opportunity in 2007.
Chicago had scored in the top of the inning off Rudy Seanez who had taken over in the seventh. He allowed three straight singles in the eighth to score one run and put runners on first and second.
After Seanez walked the bases loaded, Manager Grady Little called for lefty Joe Beimel and he retired -- barely -- Aramis Ramirez on a booming shot to right field that came within feet of a grand slam, only to be pulled down by
Chicago countered with Aramis Ramirez and he came with a few feet of hitting a grand slam when Brady Clark hauled the ball in at the wall in right field.
Jonathan Broxton worked two winnings, using his 98 mph fastball to record three strikeouts and then handed the ball to Chad Billingsley in the 11th.
Billingsley, who had worked three innings on Saturday, turned in a 1-2-3 inning, helped by a diving catch in center by Pierre. The rally game him his third win without a loss.
Defense was the order of the day. Catcher Russell Martin caught a foul ball and toppled into Frank McCourt's private box, Shortstop Rafael Furcal made three fine plays at short and Jeff Kent made a diving catch of a line drive with two out and a man on in the seventh.
The game was sticky-close and in the third inning, with a runner on first base and two out, Wolf grabbed a tapper back to the mound, and instead of making the simple play to first base, turned and threw to Jeff Kent at second for a force play.
Kent stepped on the bag, looked perplexed, and tossed the ball back to Wolf. Only after the umpires prompted them did the Dodger realize that was the third out and Wolf took quite a kidding in the dugout when the team finally ran off the field.
The Dodgers have an off-day Monday before embarking on a 10-game road trip that begins in Washington and ends in San Diego. The Dodgers will send Brad Penny (6-1, 2.26 ERA) to the mound against the Nationals' Jason Simontacchi (2-2, 4.37) on Tuesday.
Score by innings Chicago 000 000 010 00-1 Los Angeles 000 000 010 01-2 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 0 2 0 .307 Pierre cf 4 0 0 1 .274 Martin c 4 0 0 0 .307 Kent 2b 4 0 0 0 .287 Saenz 1b 3 0 0 0 .227 Gonzalez lf 4 0 1 0 .275 LaRoche 3b 1 0 0 0 .200 Ethier ph-rf 2 1 1 1 .280 Clark rf 2 0 0 0 .239 Garciaparra ph 1 0 0 0 .281 Broxton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Bilingsley p 0 0 0 0 .000 Martinez ph 0 1 0 0 .161 Wolf p 1 0 0 0 .100 Abreu ph 1 0 0 0 .250 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 .000 Betemit ph 1 0 0 0 .188 Totals 32 2 3 2 Chicago 39 1 7 2 Error- Furcal (7). HR- Ethier (4). RBI- Ethier (23), Pierre (12). SB- Martinez (1). CS- Furcal (3). LOB- Los Angeles 6, Chicago 9. DP- Furcal, Kent and Saenz. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Wolf 6.0 3 0-0 2 5 3.41 Seanez 1.2 4 1-1 1 0 2.88 Beimel 0.1 0 0-0 0 0 4.09 Broxton 2.0 0 0-0 1 3 1.65 Billingsley (3-0) 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 4.00 WP- Wolf. T- 3:22. Att- 51.198.Dodger Blue Notes-- The first four innings were played in a crisp 51 minutes. Wolf threw 57 pitches and Hill 41 during that stretch. ...Rafael Furcal wasted no time in keeping his hitting streak alive, singling to leadoff the game. Furcal finished 2-for-4 and raised his Dodger season-high hit streak to 13 games. During the streak, Furcal is hitting .482 (27-for-56) with eight runs scored while batting .413 (33-for-80) over his last 19 games. ... Ethier's first-career pinch-hit homer to tie the game in the eighth inning, was the Dodgers fourth pinch-hit home run of the year, which ties the Cubs and Diamondbacks for the Major League-lead. ...Since joining the Dodgers in 2004, Saenz has 41 pinch-hits, fifth most in baseball in that span. Teammate Marlon Anderson, who is on the disabled list, leads the Majors with 54 pinch-hits during that span. ...Brett Tomko's foursome, which included his brother Scott, won the Dodgers' charity golf tournament Thursday by shooting a combined 21 under par at Trump National Golf Club. Manager Grady Little also participated in his own special way. "I was given the mulligans at first -- when somebody needed a mulligan -- and after I hit they still needed another mulligan," Little said. "So I quit hitting right away and we went to the food table."