Dodgers Lose Longest Home Game Since 1987

The Dodgers were singing "Their is Something About a Sunday, Makes a Fella Feel Alone " after Colorado re-claimed third place in the N.L. West with a 5-hour, 6-minute victory that stretched out 14 innings, the longest Dodger home game since a 3-2 win over the Mets in 1987. Outfielder Matt Holliday knocked in the winning run with an RBI single off reliever Roberto Hernandez.

Hernandez, the sixth Dodger reliever, gave up a double, a sac bunt and a walk before Holliday drove in the run Colorado had been looking for. A two-run single added two more, ending the Los Angeles three-game winning streak.

The Dodgers wriggled out of a bases-loaded, none out jam in the 11th when Rudy Seanez, working in his career-high 58th game, got a strikeout and a double play.

Los Angeles had three chances in the later innings to put the game away but misfired on all three.

Trailing by two in the eighth, Matt Kemp walked, moved to third on an error and scored when first baseman Olmedo Saenz hit into a double play. Martin walked, stole second and dashed home on a single by Hillenbrand to tie things at four.

In the 11th inning, pinch-hit James Loney walked and advanced to second on a groundout by Furcal but Juan Pierre grounded out.

In the 12th, Hillenbrand, who had four hits and two RBIs in the game, led off with a single, but was thrown out trying to advance to second on a ball in the dirt, ending the potential rally.

That old problem RISP hampered the Dodgers again, and they finished only 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 and leaving the winning run on base four times.

The bullpen and Furcal kept the Dodgers in the game. Furcal robbed Kazuo Matsui of a single that would've scored Troy Tulowitzki in the second inning, when he ranged well behind second base and nailed Matsui at first. He made a second game-saving play in the 10th, throwing a runner attempting to go from first to third base after a bloop single.

Furcal did it again in the 11th inning with the bases loaded and one out, fielding a one-hopper behind the pitcher's mound and firing home to start a rare, 6-2-5 double play to end the inning.

Starter Chad Billingsley, who hasn't won in his last five starts, allowed three runs and eight hits over five innings and struck out four. Billingsley is 0-4 with an ERA of 4.33 (13 ER/27.0 IP) since July 29.

Mark Hendrickson, Joe Beimel, Scott Proctor, Jonathan Broxton and Rudy Seanez combined for seven innings of relief, allowing just one run on six hits before Hernandez (0-2) gave up three in the 14th.

Matt Kemp got the Dodgers on the board in the first inning with his eight homer of the season off rookie. Franklin Morales, making his Major League debut. He left in the sixth, having allowed only Kemp's homer.

With the loss, the Dodgers dropped to 7 1/2 games behind the National League West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, and they are now 2 1/2 games back of the Phillies and Padres in the NL Wild Card race.

Penny (14-3, 2.61 ERA) volunteered to start on three days rest for the second time in his career and will face lefty Jeff Francis (13-6, 4.43) today in the final game of the series.
 Score by innings
Colorado	010 010 100 000 003-7
Los Angeles	100 000 120 000 000-4

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave	
Furcal ss	6  0  0  0  .274
Pierre cf	7  0  1  0  .287
Kemp, rf	5  2  2  1  .323
Kent 2b	        6  0  0  0  .286
Saenz 1b	4  0  0  0  .179
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Martinez ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Seanez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lieberthal ph	1  0  0  0  .233
Martin c	4  2  2  0  .291
Gonzalez lf	4  0  0  0  .277
Hillenbran 3b	6  0  4  2  .261
Billingsley p	1  0  0  0  .100
 Ethier ph	1  0  0  0  .294
 Hendrickson p	0  0  0  0  .038
 Sweeney ph	1  0  0  0  .260
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loney ph-1b	2  0  0  0  .306
   Totals	49 4  9 3
   Rockies	53 7 17 7

 Error- Martin (11). HR- Kemp (8). RBI- Kemp (27),
Hillenbran 2 (25). SB- Martin 2 (20). LOB- Los
Angeles 10, Colorado 12. DP- Kent, Furcal and 
Saenz; Martin; Furcal, Martin and Hillenbran; 
Furcal, Kent and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Billingsley	5.0  8  3-3  1  4  3.63
Hendrickson	2.0  1  1-1  1  3  5.18
Beimel	        0.2  2  0-0  0  0  4.30
Proctor	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.78
Broxton	        2.0  2  0-0  0  1  2.27	
Seanez	        2.0  1  0-0  1  4  3.56
Hernandez (3-3)	2.0  3  3-3  3  2  6.23
 HBP- Gonzalez. T- 5:06. Att- 52.508.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Russell Martin swiped a pair of bases to run his total to 20, setting a new franchise record. He now has 30 career steals, second on the Dodger charts. ...The Gulf Coast Dodgers clinched a postseason berth and the GCL Eastern Division title for the second successive season. At Jacksonville, manager John Shoemaker celebrated his birthday. ...Left fielder Luis Gonzalez and clubhouse manager Mitch Poole put together T-shirts in tribute to pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz. The T-shirts read, "Deploy the Tomato," with an illustration of a tomato being shot out of a sling shot. ...Reliever Jonathan Broxton fired two scoreless innings and has now not allowed a homer in 93 consecutive appearances (95.2 IP), extending his Los Angeles Dodger record. The big right-hander has yielded just one run in the month of August, going 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in nine games. It is the longest streak in L.A. Dodgers history and the fifth-longest streak in baseball since the Dodgers move to Los Angeles in 1958. He trails only Chad Bradford, who has not allowed a homer in 113 outings.

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