Loney, Kemp, Ether Go Deep to Drop Cubs

The 'powerless" Dodgers smacked three home runs, scoring four times in the ninth inning to beat Chicago 7-4 and take three of four from the Central Division Leader. James Loney, Matt Kemp and a crucial three-run, pinch-hit homer in the ninth reversed a 4-3 Cub lead and kept the club in the thick of the N.L. West battle.

Los Angeles came into the game leading only Washington in the home run department and found a windy Wrigley Field to their liking. Couple that with sinkerball specialist Derek Lowe on the mound for the Dodgers, Chicago had trouble getting the ball in the air. He collected 11 ground ball outs to five strikeouts and a pickoff at first base.

Manager Grady Little started four rookies in the game, none of which had a full season in the major leagues to their credit. James Loney (1B), Tony Abreu (2b), Andy LaRoche (3b), Matt Kemp (rf) each had a big part in the win and until 25-year-old pinch-hitter Andre Ethier homered in the ninth, no Dodger over 24-years old had a hit.

Loney was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in. Kemp had a solo home run and Ethier's three RBI turned the tide.

Alfonso Soriano slugged a leadoff homer for the Cubs and Jason Marquis retired the first 14 Dodgers he faced before Loney lined his seventh homer of the season and the team's 100th to tie things in the fifth inning.

In the top of the seventh, Loney untied the game on his next time at bat, doubling into right-center to score a gimpy Russell Martin from first base to put the Dodgers on top 2-1.

Derek Lowe baffled the Cubs with his sinker after allowing the opening home run. But he ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning, giving up a single and a walk and was removed having allowed only four hits.

He had thrown 96 pitches and while he was tough to hit, he was uncharacteristically wild, walking five and the last one got him the hook.

Jonathan Broxton came in to face Soriano and gave up his second home run of the season. He got one out, allowed a single and Joe Beimel took over for him to get out of the inning with the Dodgers now trailing 4-2. He would get the win when Ether pulled his magic trick in the ninth.

Matt Kemp drilled his 10th homer -- all on the road -- in the eighth to cut the lead to one and the game moved that way into the ninth.

Martin shot a single into right field and Loney beat out a smash that glanced off Derek Lee's glove at first.

Little, with the No. three pinch-hitter of all time in Mark Sweeney, and Olmedo Saenz, who is currently in the all-time Dodger pinch-hitting list at his disposal, called on Andre Ethier and he sliced a shot into the left-center field bleachers for three runs, putting L.A. in the lead again. Rafael Furcal scored on a passed ball later in the inning.

Takashi Saito did his special thing, striking out two -- including Soriano -- and getting a pop to Tony Abreu at second to end the game.

The Dodgers enjoyed the flight to San Francisco after the game and will meet the Giants for three games before arriving home for three games each against the Padres and Diamondbacks September 11-16.

The Dodgers have won 11 consecutive games at AT&T Park, the longest streak the team has had in any visiting park since winning 13 in a row at Candlestick Park from Aug. 1, 1976-Sept. 1, 1977. The Dodgers have won 15 of their last 19 games against the Giants – including both home and road games – dating back to July 9, 2006.

Score by Innings Los Angeles 000 010 114-7 Cubs 100 000 300-4 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 5 1 0 0 .274 Pierre cf 4 0 1 0 .291 Kemp rf 5 1 1 0 .339 Gonzalez lf 4 0 0 0 .279 Saito p 0 0 0 0 .000 Martin c 4 2 2 1 .298 Loney 1b 4 1 3 0 .314 Valdez pr 0 1 0 0 .236 Martinez 3b 0 0 0 0 .185 LaRoche 3b 3 0 0 0 .196 Ethier ph-lf 1 1 1 0 .290 Abreu 2b 3 0 1 1 .289 Lowe p 2 0 0 0 .113 Broxton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 .000 Sweeney ph-1b 1 0 1 0 .255 Totals 36 7 10 1 Cubs 32 4 7 4 2B- Loney (15). HR- Loney (7), Kemp (10), Either (11). RBI- Loney 2 (42), Kemp (36), Ethier 3 (58). S- Lowe. LOB- Los Angeles 5, Cubs 7. DP- LaRoche, Abreu and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Lowe 6.0 5 3-3 5 5 3.80 Broxton 0.1 2 1-1 0 0 2.25 Beimel (4-1) 1.2 0 0-0 0 1 3.94 Saito (sv- 37) 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 1.29 HBP- by Beimel; Pierre. T- 2:46. Att- 39,397.

Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers have won 13 of their last 19 games at Wrigley Field dating back to 2002, and after banging heads with each other since 1890, the Dodgers hold a 1,010-1,007 advantage. ...Joe Beimel appeared in his 71st game and earned the win, passing Ron Perranoski (1962, 1967) and Pedro Borbon (1999) for the fourth-most appearances by a left-hander in franchise history. The only lefties with more games than Beimel are Tom Martin (80 in 2003), Scott Radinsky (75 in 1997) and Perranoski (72 in 1964). ...Over the past two-plus weeks, Matt Kemp has been among the hottest hitters in Major League Baseball. The Dodger outfielder is batting .400 (30-for-75) since August 14. ...Takashi Saito saved his 37th game, the sixth-highest single season total in franchise history. Saito also passed Steve Howe and Charlie Hough to take over ninth place on the all-time Dodger saves list with 61 career rescues. Since last year's All-Star Break, Saito has a 1.56 ERA (16 ER/92.1 IP), which is the best mark among all pitchers with 75 or more innings during that span. Saito has converted 14 straight save opportunities going back to July 15 and yielded just one run in 13.1 innings during the month of August (0.68  ERA) while striking out 21 batters.    

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