Nomar Steals Barry's Thunder

The veteran slugged an eighth-inning home run that gave his team the win and the full house at Dodger Stadium shouted so loud you could hear it on the Santa Monica pier, but the number put in the scorebook was "5", not 755 and the name on the jersey being pounded by his teammates was Garciaparra not Bonds.

Nomar's two-run shot capped a four-run eighth inning that erased a 4-2 Giants lead in the last of the eighth and the Dodgers took the second game of the series in front of another 56,000 fans that seemed to include 50,000 members of the media, gathered to see Hank Aaron's career record tied or broken.

Didn't happen.

The Bonds (not James) was 003 for the game, after a groundout, pop up and line out with an intentional walk thrown into the mix. He is now 4-for-34 (.118) against L.A. pitching this season.

The Dodgers trailed 4-2 into the eighth but Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre, each beat out bunt singles. They later scored on Luis Gonzalez's tying single off Giants reliever Randy Messenger (1-3). Garciaparra then hit Messenger's second pitch over the left-field fence for his fifth homer of the season and if Dodger Stadium would have had rafters, they would have rang.

Jonathan Broxton (4-2), was credited with the win although he allowed a run to in the eighth, and Takashi Saito-San pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 27th save, keeping the Dodgers a game behind the surging Arizona Diamondacks.

It was another San Francisco veteran, Omar Vizquel, who was a thorn in the Dodgers side, smacking RBI doubles off starter Mark Hendrickson in the third and fifth innings.

The 40-year-old shortstop doubled in the eighth, stole third without a throw, and scored the lead run on a broken-bat single by pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen. Bengie Molina ran the Frisco lead to 4-2 before the Dodgers battered their bullpen.

Vinnie Chulk started the bottom of the eighth on the mound for the Giants and Furcal and Pierre legged out infield hits, Furcal taking third when Vizquel's throw went wide of first base.

Pierre then stole second (#43) and with one out, Gonzalez lined a single to left field to tie the score. Garciaparra followed with the winning home run.

The two speedsters at the top of the Dodger lineup operated just as manager Grady Little had envisioned before the season. Between them they had three hits, scored four runs and knocked in another two. Pierre also made a diving catch to rob Bonds' of a single.

Starter Mark Hendrickson did a wonderful job just when the Dodgers needed one, allowing six hits and three runs before leaving with two out in the seventh. He blanked the top six batters in the San Francisco lineup -- no hits or walks -- and handed the ball to the newest Dodger, Scott Proctor, who nailed the final hitter of the inning in his first appearance in Dodger Blue.

Rookie Tim Lincecum made his first first career appearance against the Dodgers and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in six innings, living up to his press clippings.

Furcal led off the game with a walk, stole second, moved to third when the catcher's throw glanced into center field, then scored when Pierre spanked a grounder to second base for a 1-0 lead.

Garciaparra, after slipping to a .266 average and .321 slugging percentage, has boosted his numbers to .283 and .357 over the past two weeks.

Brett Tomko (2-8, 5.57 ERA) opposes Barry Zito (7-10, 5.28) in tonight's series finale.
 Score by innings
San Francisco	001 010 110-4
Los Angeles	101 000 04x-6

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  b i  ave
Furcal ss	2  3  1  0  .286
Pierre cf	4  1  2  2  .279
Martin c	3  0  0  0  .296
Gonzalez lf	4  1  1  2  .296
Garciaparra 3b	3  1  1  2  .285
Loney 1b	3  0  0  0  .340
Martinez 2b	4  0  2  0  .195
Ethier rf	3  0  0  0  .295
Hendrickson p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Kemp ph	1  0  0  0  .331
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	29 6 7 6
   Giants	34 4 8 4

 Error- Furcal (15). 3B- Pierre (5). HR- Garciaparra
(5). RBI- Pierre 2 (27), Gonzalez 2 (50), Garciaparra
2 (54). SB- Pierre (43), Furcal (12), Martin (18),
Garciaparra (3). LOB- Los Angeles 4, San Francisco 5.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Hendrickson	6.2  6  3-3  0  3  4.55
Proctor	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.79
Broxton (4-2)	1.0  2  1-1  1  1  2.62
Saito	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.51
 WP- Broxton. T- 2:48. Att- 56,000.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Russell Martin stole his 18th base to set a new franchise record of match it, depending on how you view the mark. Con Daily stole 18 in 1892 when any extra base taken was credited as a "stolen" base. Tom Daily nipped 17 twice in the early 1900's. ...Jeff Kent said he would sit out the third game of the series. He said his strained hamstring was continuing to improve, "but I need some more progress until I can play," he said. "It's not there yet." ...Derek Lowe threw a 65-pitch bullpen and pronounced himself ready to star in the second game of the upcoming Arizona series. ...Eric Hull was the odd-man out after the Dodgers acquired Scott Proctor and promoted Delwyn Young from Las Vegas. He was sent back to Nevada after appearing twice and allowing three runs in 3.1 innings. But he left with encouraging words from the manager. "He'll get another chance," said Little. "It's hard to judge on two outings, but we like the way he attacked hitters. He's not scared to throw a strike. The quality of strikes is a factor. He needs to get better command of the strike zone and slow down the running game and he'll be fine." ...The Dodgers are teaming up with The Baseball Tomorrow Fund to present the Dodgers Dream Foundation Equipment Drive tonight, collecting new and used baseball and softball gear from all fans in attendance for John Marshall High School. ...The Dodgers have partnered with the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society and the Taylor Hooton Foundation to host a steroid awareness clinic for local youth at Dodger Stadium today. Dodgers batting coach Bill Mueller, strength and conditioning coach Doug Jarrow and Dodgers legend "Sweet" Lou Johnson will serve as instructors, while center fielder Juan Pierre will meet and speak with the kids at the end of the clinic. Don Hooton, executive director of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, will also serve as an instructor.

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