Here's The Lowdown: Lowe Was Low Down

The marquis pitching matchup -- Derek Lowe vs Tom Glavin -- deteriorated into an ugly batfest with the two teams combining for 35 hits and 22 runs, leaving the battered and broken bodies of nine pitchers scattered about the mound and New York won the first of a four-game series 13-9.

Down the coast a ways, San Diego scored but one run and that was all the needed to top Philadelphia 1-0 and move back into first place in the N.L. West, leading Los Angeles by a miniscule .001 percentage points.

Lowe threw 81 pitches in his three inning struggle, ten of them turned into hits for the Mets and it cost him nine runs an his eighth loss. Glavin's time in the spotlight was even shorter, allowing 10 hits and six runs in only two innings.

From that point on, it was a scramble for Grady Little and Willie Randolph who had to sort out their tired bullpens. It was former Dodger Aaron Sele who collected the win and Guillermo Mota who worked the final two innings.

The Dodgers used four relievers. They included Rudy Seanez, who now has pitched in five of the seven games since the All-Star break, and has given up four home runs in five innings. And for the second time in the past six games, Mark Hendrickson had to come out of the bullpen

In the six games since the All-Star break, the Dodgers have used 22 relievers and they have worked 25 innings, something like four-plus per game.

Little was hoping to get an extended performance from Lowe but it was obvious from the start that things were terribly wrong. "I would describe it as live batting practice," Lowe said after the game. "That is all it really was. The first guy gets on, and the next thing you know, it's 5-0 and you still only have one out. I did absolutely nothing good against a good-hitting team, and the result was extremely ugly."

Glavin, looking for win number 299, probably said much the same in the New York clubhouse.

Lowe set the tone early, allowing up six runs in the first inning - helped along by a Matt Kemp error on a single by Shawn Green, then retired the Mets in order in the second, before coughing up three more runs in the third. His earned run average jumped nearly 50 points.

Glavine gave up two in the first on a single by Luis Gonzalez, two in the second on a homer by Kemp and one more in the third on a homer by Jeff Kent. His outing was his shortest since going just one inning on July 29, 2003.

Veteran Roberto Hernandez, 42, worked a scoreless inning in his Dodgers debut.

After the scoring went back and fourth all night, the Dodgers final rally in the ninth saw them leave their 12th and 13th runners of the game.

Brett Tomko draws the start tonight and the Dodgers will hold their breath to see just which Tomko appears. Tomko is 4-7 with a 5.26 ERA in 17 games (13 starts) in his career against the Mets. He allowed only one earned run against the Giants in his most recent start.

Lefty Oliver Perez (8-6) draws the start for New York. He is 3-4 with a 4.38 ERA in eight career starts against the Dodgers.

Matchups for the rest of the series and beyond:
Saturday: Dodgers (Brad Penny, 11-1, 2.33) vs. Mets (Jorge Sosa, 7-4, 3.84).

?Sunday: Dodgers (Mark Hendrickson, 4-5, 4.54) vs. Mets (Orlando Hernandez, 6-4, 2.96)

?Monday: Dodgers (Chad Billingsley, 6-0, 3.56) at Houston Astros (Chris Sampson, 7-6, 4.15).

 Score by innings
New York	603 012 010-13
Los Angeles	222 010 110- 9

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	6  1  3  1  .281
Pierre cf	5  1  2  0  .288
 Hendrickson p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lieberthal ph	1  0  1  0  .280
Martin c	6  0  1  0  .311
Kent 2b	        4  1  1  1  .281
Gonzalez lf	5  2  3  2  .292
Garciaparra 3b	4  0  2  0  .277
Loney 1b	5  1  3  1  .374
Kemp rf	        5  3  2  2  .383
Lowe p	        1  0  0  0  .167
 Saenz ph	0  0  0  1  .211
 Houlton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Betemit ph	1  0  1  1  .238
 Seanez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hernandez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ethier ph-rf	2  0  0  0  .299
   Totals	45  9 19  9
   New York	41 13 16 11

 Error- Kemp (1). 2B- Pierre (14), Furcal (17).
HR- Kemp (5), Kent (13). RBI- Gonzalez 2 (44), Kemp
2 (20), Kent (51), Saenz (14), Betemit (26), Furcal
(33), Loney (16). SF- Saenz. LOB- Los Angeles 13,
New York 6. DP- Garciaparra, Kent and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lowe (9-8)	3.0 10  9-8  3  0  3.51
Houlton	        2.0  2  1-1  1  2  4.22
Seanez	        1.0  2  2-2  0  1  3.57
Hernandez	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Hendrickson	2.0  2  1-1  0  1  4.54
 T- 3:40. Att- 51,651.
Wolf May Be Back August 1-- The Dodgers hope injured left-hander Randy Wolf to return to the Dodgers' starting rotation about Aug. 1. Wolf became eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Thursday, but isn't close to doing so. If things goes well, he may make a rehabilitation start for Inland Empire on Wednesday against San Jose.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Center fielder Juan Pierre has become one of their hottest hitters. He doubled and singled to hit in his 12th consecutive game and his hitting .382 (21-for-55) during the streak. ...Jonathan Meloan, who has a franchise-high 19 saves for Jacksonville, was promoted to Las Vegas. Meloan, who struck out 70 batters in 45.1 innings for the Suns, went to major-league spring training with the Dodgers and was reassigned March 19. The step may be a precursor of a promotion to the big team later in the season. ...Eight days after he cleared waivers and was released by the Dodgers, and seven days after he signed a minor-league contract with the Mets, utility man Marlon Anderson had his contract purchased from New Orleans and was in the starting lineup against the Dodgers, playing left field, batting second and collecting a single, double and an RBI. The classy Anderson said he saw coming. "Oh, yeah," he told "You understand this game and what goes on. They needed a pitcher, and their younger guys were playing well." Roberto Hernandez, 11th on the all-time list with 326 saves, became the first player in Dodger history to take the mound with 300 or more saves under his belt, surpassing the previous high of Todd Worrell, who retired as a Dodger in 1997 with 256 saves. The Dodgers' PR department noted that of the 20 players in Major League history with 300 or more saves, only one has previously played for the Dodgers – John Wetteland, who finished his career with 330 saves, of which only one came with Los Angeles – his first career rescue on June 12, 1989. ...Dodger second baseman Jeff Kent ripped career home run No. 358, tying him with Yogi Berra for 68th on the all-time home run list. Kent's RBI gave him 1,431 in his career and he moved past Berra and into sole possession of 56th place in history. He is hitting .378 (17-for-45) in July and leads the Dodgers with 13 home runs.