Lowe Gets a Laugher; L.A. 15 - Phillies 3

Derek Lowe must have felt like a homeless man who hit the lottery after suffering from the lowest run support on the team most of the season only to watch his teammates produce a thunderous, 18-hit batting attack that gave him a 10-3 lead when he left after seven and a 15-3 final score.

Most of the runs came in the final four innings and Lowe was locked up in a pitcher's duel with J.D. Durban of the Phillies for five innings.

Andre Ethier doubled in a run in the first and smacked a two-run home run (#10) in the fourth. Lowe surrendered a run on a single, a wild pitch and two ground balls in the third.

In the pivotal bottom of the fourth, Philadelphia put runners on first and third with two out but Lowe got dangerous Ryan Howard (33 HRs, 99 RBI) to bounce to Jeff Kent at second to preserve the slim, 3-1 lead.

Then, about the time the final score in the Texas-Baltimore game was posted on the scoreboard, showing the Rangers had broken the American League record with a 30-3 win, the Dodger bats, swathed in cotton most of August, were unwrapped.

Over the final four innings, Los Angeles scored 12 runs on 11 hits, with Matt Kemp and Juan Pierre, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, collecting three each, to turn the game into a cakewalk.

Surprisingly, Lowe pitched the seventh, now leading 10-1, and served up a two-out, two-run home run. Scott Proctor and Robert Hernandez each crafted a hitless and scoreless inning to finish things out.

Lowe, has not given up a run in 14 straight innings before the fifth inning run. He spent the evening conducting a clinic, demonstrating how a sinker can lead to fame and fortune if you have someone behind you that can catch the ball.

And Lowe had just that, with James Loney providing three highlight gems at first base and Shea Hillenbrand providing another. In all, Lowe got 15 ground ball outs and a pair of strikeouts to account for 17 of the 21 outs during his tenure on the hill.

After a single and an error, Ethier doubled in the first to score Furcal but Kemp was nailed at the plate to end the inning. Ether homered in the fourth with Kent, who had doubled off the 387-foot sign in center, on base to make it 3-0.

In the sixth, Kemp singled, Kent hit the 398-foot sign in center with his second double to score him, then crossed the plate on Loney's single.

In the seventh, the Dodgers sent eight to the plate as Kent, Martin, Loney (2) and Hillenbrand knocked in runs. They sent nine to the plate in the eighth and runs were driven in by Kemp (2) and Ramon Martinez. Hillenbran and Martinez again put ribbies in the book in the ninth.

Kemp had four hits to boost his average to .335. Furcal and Pierre each had three hits, while Kent Ethier and Loney each weighed in with two as the club posted 18 in the game.

In the final game of the series, Chad Billingsley (7-4, 3.63 ERA) faces Fabio Castro (0-0, 12.27), who is making his first Major League start.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	100 202 532-15
Philadelphia	000 010 200- 3

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	5  4  3  0  .278  
Pierre cf	6  2  3  0  .291
Kemp rf	        6  3  4  2  .335
Kent 2b	        3  2  2  2  .286
 Martinez 2b	1  0  0  2  .179
Ethier rf	4  2  2  3  .298
Martin c	3  1  0  0  .290
 Lieberthal c	1  0  1  0  .246
Loney 1b	4  0  2  3  .309 
Hillenbran 3b	3  1  1  2  .258
Lowe p	        4  0  0  0  .128
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sweeney ph	1  0  0  0  .255
 Hernandez p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	41 15 18 15
   Phillies	33  3  6  3

 2B- Ethier (27), Kent 2 (31). 3B- Kemp (3). 
HR- Ethier (10). RBI- Kemp 2 (30), Kent 2 (66), 
Martinez 2 (20), Ethier 3 (52), Martin (73), 
Loney 3 (30), Hillenbran 2 (26). 

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lowe (10-11)	7.0  6  3-3  0  2  3.47
Proctor	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.93
Hernandez	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  6.08
 WP- Lowe. T- 2:44 . Att- 37,321.
Shades of the 1940s-- The Dodgers will make the 130-mile trip to New York after today's game by train, a mode of transportation they haven't used since, well, in recent memory. Traveling secretary Scott Akasaki had arranged for the team to travel by bus, but a couple of veteran players who had taken the train with their previous clubs suggested the Dodgers do the same. "It's a little bit quicker as opposed to the bus because we don't have to worry about getting stuck in rush-hour traffic," Akasaki said.?The Dodgers will ride private cars on regularly scheduled commercial train from 30th Street Station to Manhattan's Penn Station. Major-league clubs traveled primarily by train until the 1950s, when expansion and the advent of the jet engine made air travel both more necessary and more convenient. Now if the Brooklyn fans would just meet them at the station, it would really be a taste of mid-century Americana.

Not Yet For McDonald-- The Dodgers aren't considering promoting right-hander James McDonald from Jacksonville to start Sunday night's game at New York, and will probably keep right-hander Brett Tomko in the starting rotation. They are searching for another pitcher and are rumored to have some interest in lefty David Wells, who was released by San Diego a week ago. General manager Ned Colletti watched three of McDonald's starts this season, including his recent loss to Mississippi. "He looked really interesting, in a good way," Colletti said. "This kid had a great feel for pitching. He has four pitches, and he throws them for strikes, he changes speeds, he changes eye levels, he throws on a downhill plane, he puts a lot of thought into what he does, and he is successful doing it."?

*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report-- Left-hander Randy Wolf, who played catch on for the first time since his rehab start for Inland Empire on July 25, said that if he does pitch in the majors again this year, it likely will be as a reliever. Nomar Garciaparra, disabled with a strained left calf, took ground balls for the first time and has been taking batting practice, but running will have to wait. He is eligible to be activated Aug. 29. Left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo (elbow inflammation) also played catch for the first time but his return this year does not appear likely. Right-hander Chin-hui Tsao (shoulder) is not on the trip and isn't expected to start playing catch until sometime next week.

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