L.A. Takes 11th in a Row at San Francisco

Grady Little's faith in Brett Tomko paid off Sunday afternoon as the besieged righthander worked five innings and allowed a single earned run. Or perhaps his sudden appearance back as a starter was a showcase event in an impending trade. At any rate, a two-run rally in the sixth gave him the win, his second of the year.

For the second game in a row Rafael Furcal broke up a tie game, slugging a triple to center in the fifth to score Matt Kemp with the eventual winning run.

Triples seemed the order of the day. Furcal's won the game and Kemp boomed one in the fourth inning to tie the game 2-2. Ray Durham tied it 3-3 later with a triple for the Giants.

Tomko seemed his snakebitten self in the first. After Dave Roberts beat out a nubber in front of the mound, Jeff Kent's error followed and later cost two unearned runs when Bengie Molina singled with two out.

But the righthander, who had a talk with manager Grady Little about his future, asking if, indeed, that future was with the Dodgers. "I don't see myself in long relief next year," he told the Dodger writers.

However, after the frustrating first inning, Tomko retied 11 of the next 12 Giant batters, with a walk thrown into the mix but was running on fumes in the fifth when he allowed a one out single and a two-out triple to tie things, retiring Barry Bonds on an infield pop with his 77th, and final, pitch of the afternoon.

The Dodgers pulled one of their silly parlor tricks in the first inning, collecting four hits (Furcal, Pierre, Martin and Gonzalez) but scoring only once, on a Jeff Kent sacrifice fly.

When Kemp's booming triple tied the game 2-2 in the fourth, Tomko's ground ball was mishandled and allowed L.A.'s third run. After Durham's triple tied things in the fifth, Kemp singled for his fifth consecutive hit in the last two games, and his sixth in seven at-bats, scoring on Furcal's long shot to the center field wall.

Pierre, who is the poster boy for the 1950's look with his pants tucked up to his knees, proved he could also play like the guys from 1950, tapping a perfect bunt that scored Rafael with the Dodgers fifth run.

Eric Stults demonstrated his changeup for the Giants, allowing three singles, one of the infield variety, before letting Beimel take care of Barry Bonds, which he did with a strikeout.

Los Angeles didn't do much over the final four innings with the bat but the Giants had enough activity to keep San Francisco fans alert and more than a little frustrated.

The Giants put two runners on with one out in the seventh but Durham flew harmlessly to right and Beimel fanned Barry.

San Francisco loaded the bases with two out in the eighth and while Jonathan Broxton faltered, he never fell, finally striking out the pesky Dave Roberts to end the inning.

"Sammy" Saito took over in the ninth and nailed the game and his 24th save with a pair of ground balls and a soft fly to left field by Mr. B. Bonds who finished the game 0-for-5.

San Diego dumped Arizona and the Dodgers, at 51-40, lead by a full game over the 49-40 Padres.

The Dodgers return home tonight to host the Phillies with Brad Penny and his glossy 10-2, 2.39 record facing Jamie Moyer who is 7-7, 4.43.
	
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	100 202 000-5
San Francisco	200 010 000-3

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	5  1  2  1  .278
Pierre cf	3  1  1  1  .284
Martin c	4  0  3  0  .317
Kent 2b	        2  0  0  1  .279
 Stults p	0  0  0  0  .500
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Betemit ph	1  0  0  0  .223
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
Gonzalez lf	4  0  1  0  .289
 Ethier lf	1  0  1  0  .295  
Garciaparra 3b	5  0  0  0  .270
Loney 1b	3  1  1  0  .385
Kemp rf	        4  2  3  1  .380
Tomko p	        2  0  0  0  .000
 Abreu ph-2b	2  0  1  0  .284
   Totals	36 5 13 4
   SFrancisco	37 3  9 3

 Error- Kent (12). 3B- Kemp (2), Furcal (4). RBI- Kent 
(47), Kemp (14), Furcal (32), Pierre (23). S- Pierre. 
SF- Kent. CS- Furcal (4). LOB- Los Angeles 10, San
Francisco 10. 

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Tomko (2-7)	5.0  4  3-1  2  3  5.88
Stults	        1.2  3  0-0  0  1  2.35
Beimel	        0.2  0  0-0  0  1  3.69
Broxton	        0.2  2  0-0  2  1  2.68
Saito (sv 24)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.63
 T- 3:07. att- 43,446.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Stults was held back from Saturday's 12-inning game to back up Tomko, who had pitched only 2.1 innings over the past 15 days. Stults took care of things until he could hand it over to the big three in the seventh, eighth and ninth. ...Randy Wolf played catch, extending the distance to about 60 feet, and said he felt fine. The end of the month is a realistic ETA. Hong-Chih Kuo, on the other hand, tried to play catch again, but said his elbow was stiff and sore. Kuo, with a history of elbow problems, is out indefinitely.

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