Marlins Squeeze Dodgers 6-5 in 10

The Marlins banged a pair of homers and Russell Martin hit his 10th for the Dodgers at a very opportune moment, but the killing blow in the game came on a little 20-foot bunt that scored the winning run in the 10th inning. The Dodgers scored all five runs in the fifth inning and star-crossed Brett Tomko allowed the winning run at took the loss.

Hanley Ramirez, the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year, homered on the second pitch of the game off Chad Billingsley, homered again in the eighth off DJ Houlton, then squeezed in the winning run in the 10th as Florida deprived the Dodgers of picking up a game on NL West leading San Diego after losing 6-5.

After the Dodgers erased a 3-0 Marlin lead in the fifth inning by scoring five times -- helped by yet another outfield error by an opponent -- Florida score once in the eighth, tacked on another when Takashi Saito blew a save in the ninth and then won in the 10th.

The Marlins tied the score with one run in the ninth and won it in the 10th. Hanley Ramirez, who also hit two solo home runs in the game, dropped a perfect safety- squeeze bunt down the third-base line and the Marlins earned a 6-5 victory over the Dodgers in front of 51,050 at Dodger Stadium.

The blown save was the second this season for Saito in 25 attempts, and only his fourth in 51 career save situations. The right-hander came in having walked only three batters in his previous 35.2 innings this season.

He fanned the pesky Ramirez to open the ninth, then walked Dan Uggla before serving up an RBI double to Miguel Cabrera that tied things at five.

Los Angeles had one last gasp when Kevin Gregg got two quick outs but then walked Tony Abreu, James Loney and Rafael Furcal to load the bases. Juan Pierre swung at Gregg's 1-2 pitch and hit a high pop-up to -- appropriately enough -- Ramirez at shortstop to end the game.

Dontrell Willis looked like money in the bank trough four innings, shutting the Dodgers off with ease and his teammates pecked away at Chad Billingsley, scoring three runs on six hits over his five-innings of work.

But suddenly the Dodgers perked up, sending nine men to the plate and scoring five times. Things started slowly, Tony Abreu walked and with two out Pierre smacked an RBI single to right and Martin lined his 10th homer into the left field seats. Jeff Kent dropped a flare into center and Luis Gonzalez doubled off the center field wall to break the tie and Nomar Garciaparra's can of corn was muffed in right field by to allow Gonzalez to cross the plate.

The Dodgers couldn't get another runner over the plate, leaving 11 on base, six of them in scoring position. The Dodgers had loaded the bases in the fourth on a walk to Martin, a bloop single by Kent and a two-out walk to Garciaparra. Willis' second pitch appeared on TV to have hit Kemp's back foot, but umpire Chuck Meriwether ruled that it hit the dirt. Kemp grounded out on the next pitch to end the inning.

Tomko relieved Saito to start the 10th inning. Jeremy Hermida led off with a walk and left in favor of pinch-runner Eric Reed, who stole second. One out later, Alfredo Amezaga walked. Pinch-hitter Todd Linden grounded to shortstop and barely beat out a potential inning-ending double play, which put runners on the corners with two outs. That set up Ramirez, who rolled a bunt toward Dodgers third baseman Tony Abreu, who had no play as Reed easily scored from third base.

Tomko has allowed eight earned runs in 5 2/3 innings over his past five appearances and has allowed at least one run in seven of his last nine appearances.

The Dodgers had a pair of great fielding plays, one by Matt Kemp, who leaped at the wall in right field to prevent an extra-base hit off the bat of Cabrera. And in the sixth inning, Furcal turned a double play leaping over the sliding Hermida to stifle a potential Marlins rally.

The Dodgers have now lost three consecutive games for the fourth time this season and will send Derek Lowe (8-7, 2.98 ERA) to the mound to face Sergio Mitre (2-4, 2.88) and the Marlins on tonight.
 Score by innings
Florida	        102 000 101 1-6
Los Angeles	000 050 000 0-5

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	5  0  2  0  .275
Pierre cf	6  1  1  1  .278
Martin c	4  1  2  2  .302
 Tomko p	0  0  0  0  .000
Kent 2b	        4  1  3  0  .276
Gonzalez lf	4  1  1  1  .292
 Ethier lf	1  0  0  0  .281
Garciaparra 1b	2  0  0  0  .270
 Houlton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Seanez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Betemit ph	1  0  0  0  .208
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lieberthal c	1  0  0  0  .209
Kemp rf	        5  0  0  0  .354
Abreu 3b	3  1  0  0  .277
Billingsley p	1  0  0  0  .500
 Seanez ph	1  0  0  0  .209
 Loney 1b	1  0  0  0  .362
    Totals	38 5  9 4
    Florida	37 6 11 6

 2B- Gonzalez (18). HR- Martin (10). RBI- Pierre
(21), Martin 3 (57), Gonzalez (41). LOB- Los
Angeles 112, Florida 11. DP- Kent, Furcal and

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Billingsley	5.0  6  3-3  3  5  3.62
Houlton	        1.2  1  1-1  2  2  1.59
Beimel	        0.0  1  0-0  0  0  4.15
Seanez	        0.1  0  0-0  0  1  3.12
Broxton	        1.0  1  0-0  0  2  2.80
Saito (bs 2)	1.0  1  1-1  1  2  1.47
Tomko (1-7)	1.0  1  0-0  2  2  6.18
 T- 3:37. Att- 51,050.
L.A. Adds Hernandez-- The Dodgers signed veteran right-handed relief pitcher Roberto Herandnez to a minor league contract. Hernandez, 42, was released earlier this season by Cleveland. He had a 6.28 ERA in 26 innings pitched for the Indians and over his career has saved 326 games.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Of the 31 players on the 25-man roster and the disabled list, 10 were drafted and/or signed by the Dodgers (Tony Abreu, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Kemp, Hong-Chih Kuo, James Loney, Russell Martin, Jason Repko, Takashi Saito and Eric Stults), while three others were drafted in another organization but reached the Majors with the Dodgers (Yhency Brazoban, Andre Ethier and D.J. Houlton). That's 42 percent (13 of 31) "homegrown" Dodgers on the current club. At this time last season, it was 25 percent (9 of 36); at this time in 2005 it was 24 percent (8 of 33) and at this time in 2004 it was 31 percent (9 of 29). ...On Sunday, July 15, President George W. Bush will host a White House tee ball game in honor of Jackie Robinson's 60th anniversary of breaking the color barrier, it was announced today. The game will host teams from the Inner-City Little League of Brooklyn, NY and the Wrigley Little League of Los Angeles, CA, the two home cities of Robinson's team, the Dodgers.  The Dodgers will be represented by Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda, Director of Community Affairs Don Newcombe and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Howard Sunkin. This will be the 17th tee ball game at the White House and it will bring together some of Robinson's original teammates and other notable baseball icons. ...After slumping through June, Dodger second baseman Jeff Kent has caught fire in July. After going 3-for-4 tonight, Kent is hitting .429 (9-for-21) with five runs scored since July 1. Over the last eight games, Kent has raised his average from .259 to .276. He has scored 49 runs on the season, tying him with Juan Pierre for the Dodger lead. ...The Dodgers announced a crowd of 51,050 tonight, which is the 17th time this season that the attendance has topped the 50,000 mark. In addition, the Dodgers passed the two million mark in attendance for the 34th consecutive season, a Major League Baseball record. The last time the Dodgers didn't draw two million fans to Chavez Ravine was in 1972, when the team finished in third place at 85-70.