Furcal's Sac Fly Beats Giants in 12

Shortstop Rafael Furcal hit a bases-loaded fly ball in the top of the 12th to score first baseman James Loney, who had led off with a double, and Rudy Seanez disposed of the Giants in the last of the inning and the Dodgers won their 10th in a row in San Francisco, but it wasn't without a battle.

Los Angeles sailed into the eighth with a 7-2 lead but Chin-hui Tsao served up a grand slam to Randy Winn and Takashi Saito blew a ninth inning save opportunity to send the game into extra innings. The two teams left 23 runners on base despite banging out 30 hits, 17 of them by the Dodgers.

Jeff Kent knocked in four runs early in the game, including a three-run homer, his 11th. Wilson Betemit had two singles, a double and his 10th home run.

Kent's replacement in the #4 slot, Matt Kemp, singled and tripled. Furcal, Juan Pierre and Andre Ethier each added a pair of hits.

Derek Lowe started and flirted with disaster, leaving two on in the second and fifth innings and the bases loaded in the sixth, but surrendering only a pair of runs before turning the game over to Joe Beimel, who worked around a single in the seventh with no damage done.

Then Chin-hui Tsao took the ball in the eighth and went from two out and a runner at first, to the bases loaded and two out, to a huge home run by Winn that cut the seemingly safe 7-2 lead to 7-6. Jonathan Broxton came in to end the inning by fanning Ray Durham with Barry Bonds, hitless in four trips, standing on deck.

The long shot quickly changed everything; Saito began warming up in the Dodger bullpen and the Giants quickly called on their closer, Brad Hennessey. He allowed only a two-out single to Matt Kemp and the game moved into the last of the ninth.

The bottom of the 10th saw a moment of high drama, with the Dodgers all-star closer facing the man who seems a lock to become the all-time major league home run leader, Barry Bonds, and the slugger walked on five pitches, a move that would cost Saito a blown save, his second of the season.

First baseman Ryan Klesko bounced out, moving Bonds and the tying run to second. With two out, third baseman Pedro Feliz singled to center to tie the game.

Los Angeles quickly loaded the bases in the top of the 10th. Loney walked, Betemit's third hit of the game was a long double to center and Ethier was intentionally passed.

Olmedo Sanez, fourth on the Dodgers all-time pinch-hitting list, was called on to hit for Saito but on a 3-1 pitch he hit bounced to Vizquel and a 6-2-3 double play. Furcal struck out and the golden opportunity died in the California shadows.

Mark Hendrickson pitched the 10th and left a runner at third base. Kemp drilled a long two-out triple in the 11th but Ramon Martinez, who replaced Abreu in a double switch in the eighth, flew to center.

Bonds bounced out to Martinez at second, one time at bat too late, leading off the last of the 11th. Hendrickson then fanned Klesko and Molina.

Loney doubled to left leading off the 12th off lefthander Pat Misch and Betemit singled him to third with his fourth hit of the afternoon. Ethier bounced to third, Loney holding and Betemit moving to second.

Nomar Garciaparra made his first appearance of the day as a pinch-hitter for Hendrickson and was intentionally walked to load the bases. Furcal scored Loney with a sacrifice fly as Betemit moved to third and Pierre flew to left to end the inning.

Rudy Seanez worked a 1-2-3 inning to record the save, his first since 2001. Hendrickson earned the win to even his record at 4-4.

Early Lead
Jeff Kent had taken charge of the game early, keying a six-run fifth inning with a three-run homer, his 11th, and adding an RBI single in the seventh.

Wilton Betemit, starting at third base for Nomar Garciaparra who is locked in an horrendous slump, opened the inning with a long homer to left field. Andre Ethier singled, was bunted to second by Lowe, and Rafael Furcal, Juan Pierre and Russell Martin unloaded consecutive singles, with Furcal and Martin collecting RBI.

With two out in the seventh, Pierre singled, stole second (#36) and moved to third on a wild throw, and Martin walked to set up Kent's RBI single.

This afternoon, Brett Tomko (1-7, 6.18) opposes Noah Lowry (9-6, 3.35) in the series finale.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	000 060 100 001-8
San Francisco	000 020 041 000-7

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	6  1  2  1  .276
Pierre cf	7  2  2  0  .284
Martin c	5  1  1  1  .311
Kent 2b	        4  1  2  4  .281
 Kemp pr-rf	2  0  2  0  .364
Gonzalez lf	4  0  0  0  .289
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Martinez 2b	2  0  0  0  .154
Loney 1b	5  1  1  0  .386
Betemit 3b	6  1  4  1  .225
Ethier rf-lf	5  0  2  0  .292
Lowe p	        1  0  0  0  .174
 Abreu ph-2b	2  0  1  0  .281
 Tsao p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
Hendrickson (4-4)0  0  0  0  .000
 Garciaparra ph	0  0  0  0  .000
Seanez p (sv 1)	0  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	        50 8 17 8
    San Francisco	48 7 13 7

 Error- Loney (6), Kent (11), Furcal (13). 2B- Furcal 
(16), Abreu (12), Betemit (7), Loney (6). 3B- Kemp (1). 
HR- Betemit (10), Kent (11). S- Lowe. SF- Furcal. 
RBI- Betemit (25), Furcal 2 (31), Martin (62), Kent 
4 (46). LOB- Los Angeles 12, San Francisco 11. DP- 
Furcal and Loney; Betemit, Kent and Loney.

 Los Angeles 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lowe    	6.0  8  2-1  2  6  3.05
Beimel	        1.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.76
Tsao	        0.2  2  4-4  1  0  4.38
Broxton	        0.1  0  0-0  0  1  2.72
Saito (bs 2)	1.0  1  1-1  1  0  1.67
Hendrickson	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.92
Seanez	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  2.98
 HBP- by Tsao. T- 4:01.  Att- 43,452.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Brad Penny, who was the scheduled starter on Saturday was pushed back to Monday because of the blister on his pitching hand. Penny said could have pitched, but the club felt a couple of extra days would improve his chances of pitching deeper into the game. Derek Lowe drew the Saturday start instead. ...Disabled pitcher Randy Wolf took the next step in his recovery from a shoulder impingement with a light game of catch Saturday, the first time he has thrown a ball since a July 3 start. ...The Dodgers have won 10 consecutive games at AT&T Park, just the third time they have had a streak that long in San Francisco. The last time they accomplished that feat was when they won 13 in a row at Candlestick Park from Aug. 1, 1976-Sept. 1, 1977. They also won 10 straight games there from 1971-72 and 1974-75. The victory Saturday marked the longest winning streak at any road park since the 13-game stretch at Candlestick in 1976-77. ...Olmedo Saenz's pinch-hit single Friday night was his 44th as a Dodger, surpassing Duke Snider and Mitch Webster to move into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time franchise list. He is eight behind Chris Gwynn. Dave Hansen leads the list with 110 hits, Manny Mota has 106.