Left fielder Luis Gonzalez, who hit the first home run ever in Tropicana Park, made history of sorts when he slugged a mammoth home run over the right-center field wall and into a fish tank that is home to cownose rays. It was his 10th of the season and No. 335 as a left fielder, which moved him past Ralph Kiner and into third place all time behind only Barry Bonds and Ted Williams.
Starter Hong-Chih Kuo gave up three runs and four hits in 5.1 innings while pitching on three-days rest. He struck out eight and walked one.
The Dodger bullpen imploded in the seventh inning. Joe Beimel opened the winning and didn't retire anyone and was eventually tagged with four hits and five runs, turning a 4-2 deficit into a beyond-reach situation.
The Dodgers, one day after leaving 15 runners on base in a 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay, grounded into three double plays and had two runners thrown out trying to steal during the first six innings. The Rays turned four double plays overall and nine in the series.
He allowed a single run in the second and a solo home run in the fourth that tied the game. He allowed an inning-opening double in the sixth and struck out his eighth batter before Rudy Seanez came in to the game and allowed a tie-breaking single. Gonzalez's throw beat the runner to the plate catcher Mike Lieberthal fumbled the ball. A wild pitch made it 4-2.
After Tampa Bay scored five times in the seventh, first baseman James Loney ended the scoring with his second home run with Gonzalez on base. Loney had a double earlier in the game. Wilson Betemit fanned to end the game and is back in a slump, now reaching 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts.
The Dodgers set out on the second leg of their road trip by kicking off a four-game set at Arizona on Monday. Brad Penny (9-1, 2.12 ERA), who was held back a day to start against the first-place Diamondbacks, will toe the rubber for Los Angeles, and will face righty Micah Owings (5-1, 4.06).
Score by innings Los Angeles 200 000 002-4 Tampa Bay 010 010 25x-9 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 3 1 1 0 .277 Pierre cf 4 0 1 0 .277 Martin dh 4 0 1 0 .290 Gonzalez lf 3 2 2 2 .295 Loney 1b 4 1 2 2 .429 Kemp rf 4 0 2 0 .431 Betemit 3b 4 0 0 0 .192 Lieberthal c 3 0 0 0 .184 Anderson ph 1 0 0 0 .231 Abreu 3b 3 0 1 0 .269 Totals 33 4 11 4 Tampa Bay 34 9 11 7 Error- Lieberthal )1), Pierre (8). 2B- Loney (3). HR- Gonzalez (10), Loney (2). RBI- Gonzalez 2 (38), Loney 2 (7). CS- Kemp (1), Pierre (8). LOB- Los Angeles 4, Tampa Bay 5. DP- Betemit, Abreu and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Kuo (1-3) 5.1 4 3-3 1 8 6.33 Seanez 0.2 1 1-0 1 1 3.63 Beimel 0.0 4 5-5 0 0 4.70 Tomko 1.0 1 0-0 0 1 5.58 Hendrickson 1.0 1 0-0 1 0 4.41 WP- Seanez. T-2:55. Att- 18,248.Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers are 5-9 in Interleague games this season and 85-90 all-time in Interleague Play, which includes a 4-22 mark in their last 26 road games against the American League. ...The Dodgers and Devil Rays have signed working agreements in two different areas of player development. Campo Las Palmas, the Dodgers' academy in the Dominican Republic, also helps to train young players from that country for Tampa Bay. Additionally, the Devil Rays moved their Single-A affiliate in the Florida State League to Vero Beach this year after the Dodgers moved theirs to the California League (Inland Empire 66ers). ...The Dodgers announced the signing of 22nd-round draft pick Matt Wallach from Cal State Fullerton today. Wallach is the son of former Major Leaguer Tim Wallach, who played third base for the Dodgers from 1993-96 and then became Los Angeles' hitting coach for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. The elder Wallach led Cal State Fullerton to its first national championship in 1979.