Dodgers Fall to Second With 3-1 Loss

The Giants cleanup man didn't hit anything and the Dodgers cleanup man sat on the bench with a strained hamstring as the last-place Giants knocked L.A. out of first place with a rather placid 3-1 win in the first game of the three-game set. It was the Dodgers fifth loss in the last six games, during which they have averaged three runs per game.

The Dodgers held the inevitable off for at least one more night, not allowing Barry Bonds a home run, but while they were doing that a pair of innocent-looking bases on balls done them in.

They were held to a single run, scoring in the second inning to take a brief 1-0 lead, leaving eight runners on base with their only offensive weapon in recent games, Jeff Kent who hit a remarkable .650 during the 2-4 road trip, unavailable because of a hamstring pull.

The Dodgers left the bases loaded in the first and were 1-for-7 in scoring position, claiming only five singles during the night, two by Kent's replacement, Ramon Martinez.

Brad Penny walked a season-high five and gave up only three runs during his six innings on the mound but with the offense in the deep freeze, that wasn't enough. He was tagged with his second loss of the year to snap an eight-game winning streak.

Noah Lowrey (12-7) left in the sixth inning and three relievers held the Dodgers hitless over the rest of the game.

Penny fanned Barry Bonds in the first inning with a runner on base and walked him intentionally in the third with a run in and a runner at third.

Then in the sixth, an unusually wild Penny walked Bonds to lead off the inning, then walked Ryan Klesko. A single to center by Bengie Molina to load the bases was followed by a two-run, broken-bat single by Pedro Feliz to end the scoring for the night.

Penny claimed the media circus that is following Bonds, waiting for the him to tie Hank Aaron's record, didn't have any effect on him. "I don't want to talk about the Barry thing," said Penny. "The atmosphere doesn't change that much in L.A. You don't pay attention to that when you pitch. It was the walks that got me. Two walks killed me."

A full house, booed bonds in pre-game introductions, when he appeared at home plate and pretty much every time he came out of the dugout. But Dodger fans wanted to be on hand when history was made, even if they didn't want it to happen in their own park.

Boos for Bonds drowned out the cheers, be it pregame introductions, his appearance in the on-deck circle, at bat or in the field.

Joe Beimel handled him in his final at bat in the seventh, although his sky-high popup was dropped by shortstop Rafael Furcal for the only error of the game.

"I didn't want to walk him with two outs and have all chaos break out, so I went after him," Beimel said after the game. "Obviously, this is a pretty big deal. I feel this is the biggest record in sports and every time he comes to the plate it's a big deal.

"I just go out and challenge him. I don't think I could live with myself if I pitched scared and around him. He's a dangerous hitter but I get paid to get guys like that out." Bonds is now 1-for-15 against Beimel.

The whole thing starts over again tonight when Mark Hendrickson (4-5, 4.58 ERA) opposes the Giants' Tim Lincecum (6-2, 3.90).
 Score by innings
San Francisco	001 002 000-3
Los Angeles	010 000 000-1

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  2  1  .285
Pierre cf	3  0  0  0  .277
Martin c	3  0  0  0  .298
Gonzalez lf	4  0  0  0  .285
Garciaparra 3b	3  0  0  0  .283
Loney 1b	4  0  1  0  .347
Kemp rf	        3  0  0  0  .333
Martinez 2b	4  1  2  0  .170
Penny p	        1  0  0  0  .286
 Saenz ph	1  0  0  0  .186
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Seanez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hernandez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ethier ph	1  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	30 1  5 1
   Giants	35 3 10 3

 Error- Furcal (14), RBI- Furcal (37). S- Penny.
HPB- Los Angeles 8, San Francisco 13. DP- Martinez,
Furcal and Loney; Beimel, Furcal and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Penny (13-2)	60.  6  3-3  5  1  2.60
Beimel	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.11
Seanez	        1.0  1  0-0  1  0  4.20
Hernandez	1.0  2  0-0  1  1  5.79
 WP- Beimel. T- 3:01. Att- 56000.
Wolf Out Indefinitely-- Starter Randy Wolf's shoulder injury will keep him out for an extended period of time, perhaps the rest of the year. The MRI showed capsulitis, but there are no tears of the rotator cuff or labrum. The condition should respond to medication, strengthening and stretching exercises, according to the medical staff, but just when is a mystery.

""There's a chance," said Wolf when askee if he might be out for the rest of the season. "I have to be realistic. I'm not going to take the ball until I feel perfect. So that's what I'm going to work for.

Wolf will not even play catch for a minimum of two weeks, until the inflammation is completely gone.

Lowe on Close-- The news is better about Derek Lowe, who will throw a bullpen today and if things are normal, will start Saturday. Lowe has irritation in his left hip and groin area, which forced him out of his start Wednesday night in Houston. He missed a start for the first time in his Major League career. If Lowe is unable to go, the Dodgers plan to recall Eric Stults to make the start and Lowe might require surgery.

Kent Better The Dodger second baseman, who strained a hamstring in the ninth inning Sunday diving into first base to keep a failed rally going, will probably miss at least the rest of the San Francisco series but the injury will not required him to go on the disabled list.

"It's all right," he said. "Yesterday I came in here and it was tight, but the leg is doing all right. It's not as good as I hoped, not as bad as I thought. It feels a lot better today. I don't know how long, but I know it won't be long."

Tomko Blistered-- Brett Tomko, who will start Thursday night, is fighting a finger blister that developed in the sixth inning of his start in Colorado. Lowe, Brad Penny and Chad Billingsley have dealt with finger blisters in the last month. When asked by Ken Gurnick of, "What's up with that?", Tomko replied, "El Nino."

EY Gets the Call-- Outfielder Delwyn Young, who has had his way with Pacific Coast League pitching, was promoted to take Wilson Betemit's spot on the bench at least until newly-acquired Scott Proctor reports, and general manager Ned Colletti said that third baseman Andy LaRoche, who is on a batting tear, is close behind."

"He's pretty close to earning his way up," Colletti said of LaRoche. "We feel he's on the verge. Whether when he comes up and plays full-time, that's not my decision."

The move serves notice that the Dodgers could be getting younger.

GM Ned Colletti, who was unable to come up with a trade of an additional bat, said the team would go with the players they have.

"You can't always come and change the whole face of the club. From time to time winning's got to come from within," he said. "I like the players on this team. I like how they've played together.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Before Tuesday night's game, the Dodgers had a moment of silence in memory of Bill Robinson, their Minor League hitting coordinator who died Sunday. ...Hall of Fame vice president Jeff Idelson traveled to Los Angeles on Tuesday and will be on hand until Aaron's record falls. Idelson met with Bonds at length in San Francisco last month and the slugger has discussed donating a batting helmet to the Hall. ...The Dodgers sold out for the ninth time. Wednesday and Thursday are also sellouts.

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