Walk-Off Homer Drops Dodgers 5-4

An error cost three unearned runs in the eighth inning to turn a 3-1 Dodger lead into a 4-3 deficit, then after James Loney slugged his second homer of the game in the ninth to tie, a walk-off home run by rookie rookie Daniel Ortmeier off Jonathan Broxton handed Los Angeles a bitter 5-4 loss.

With the final days of the season slipping away, the Dodgers could have cut their deficit to 1 1/2 games in the wild card race after Colorado hammered San Diego had they been able to hold on to the late-inning lead.\ rookie Daniel Ortmeier. It also ended a glorious 11-game winning streak at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

All in all, it was a typical Dodger-Giant game, one that has been occurring since the 19th century when both of them had Brooklyn and New York attached to their names.

Matt Kemp, whose overaggressive base running has cost the Dodgers a run or two recently, smartly ran the Dodgers into an early 1-0 lead. Bengie Molina homered to tie it in the second. Loney's first homer in the fifth inning gave starter Chad Billingsley a 2-1 lead, and Kemp's RBI double made it 3-1 in the top of the seventh.

Barry Bonds singled to lead off the seventh, and manager Grady Little replaced Billingsley, who had allowed only five hits and made 94 pitches.

Manager Grady Little brought in Scott Proctor to face Molina. One of the slowest runners in the game, Molina hit a three-bouncer to Furcal's right that looked for all the world like a double play in the making but Rafael Furcal threw low to second base and it either hit Jeff Kent's glove or the base and bounced away for an error.

That was the turning point in the game but Furcal left the clubhouse before the writers got there after the game and Kent said simply, "We didn't make the play. I don't want to dissect it."

Proctor got Ortmeier to pop up, but Pedro Feliz singled to cut the lead to 3-2 and then stole second, Omar Vizquel tied the game with a run-scoring groundout, and Little made what turned out to be a second painful decision, bringing in lefty Joe Beimel to face Winn.

The moved turned Winn, who was 0-for-4 lifetime against Proctor, around to the side of the plate where he hits 80 points higher. He bounced a single into left field to give the Giants their first lead of the night.

Loney (top) and Ortmeier (bottom) both homered to the deepest part of the park in the ninth and the Dodgers lost a golden chance to nudge themselves even closer to the Padres in the wild-card chase.

Jonathan Broxton has now given up two home runs in the past 48 hours after giving up one in the previous 13 months. Broxton (4-3) had given up what would have been a decisive, three-run homer to Chicago's Alfonso Soriano in the seventh inning of the final game in Chicago

David Wells (6-8, 5.46) returns from a seven-day suspension to start for the Dodgers on Saturday against Barry Zito (9-11, 4.46).

Score by innings Los Angeles 100 011 001-4 San Francisco 010 000 301-5 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 0 0 0 .272 Pierre cf 4 2 2 0 .290 Kemp rf 4 0 2 1 .342 Kent 2b 4 0 1 0 .291 Garciaparra 3b 4 0 0 0 .000 Martin c 4 0 2 0 .300 Loney 1b 4 2 2 2 .317 Ethier lf 4 0 0 0 .287 Billingsley p 3 0 1 0 .103 Proctor p 0 0 0 0 .000 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 .000 Sweeney ph 1 0 0 0 .252 Broxton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 36 4 10 3 Giants 33 5 9 5 Error- Furcal (19). 2B- Kemp (7), HR- Loney 2 (9). RBI- Loney 2 (44), Kemp (37). CS- Kemp (5). LOB- Los Angeles 5, San Francisco 3. DP- Beimel and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Billingsley 6.0 5 2-1 0 5 3.22 Proctor 0.2 1 2-0 0 0 3.74 Beimel 1.2 2 0-0 0 0 3.86 Broxton (4-3) 0.1 1 1-1 0 1 2.36 TD- 2:44. Att- 40,016.

Playoff Schedule-- A series of coin tosses Friday determined where the Dodgers would play in the event of certain tiebreakers for a postseason berth. This is a bit complicated so pay attention. If the Dodgers finish in a tie for first place in the National League West, they would play a one-game playoff either at Arizona, at Colorado or at Dodger Stadium against San Diego. If the Dodgers finish in a tie for the Wild Card, they would host a one-game playoff against Philadelphia or the Chicago Cubs and would play a one-game playoff on the road in either San Diego, Colorado or Milwaukee.

White interviewed-- Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White interviewed for the vacant Houston Astros general manager job Friday. "For me, it was an honor to be interviewed with an organization like the Houston Astros," White said. "It has a great baseball tradition in my mind. It's a wonderful city, in the great state of Texas. It was great to be afforded the opportunity to sit down and meet with them. It was a nice give and take."

White is in his sixth season with the Dodgers but his first in his current role. His primary responsibilities are overseeing the organization's amateur and international scouting efforts, including the annual June First-Year Player Draft, along with assisting the GM in various capacities. White headed up the Draft selections of Major Leaguers Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Russell Martin, James Loney, Matt Kemp, Eric Stults and Delwyn Young.
The Astros have interviewed a number of other GM candidates -- White, Phillies assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr., Cleveland Indians director of player personnel Steve Lubratich, Cardinals assistant GM John Mozeliak, former Expos and Orioles GM Jim Beattie, former Phillies GM Ed Wade and Muzzy Jackson, a former assistant GM for the Reds and current special assistant to the general manager for the Kansas City Royals and are rumored to have scheduled interviews with vice president and assistant GM Kim Ng and former Dodger GM Dan Evens.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Nomar Garciaparra returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 13. Garciaparra has been sidelined with a strained calf muscle. Little said Garciaparra would see significant playing time, but left open the possibility of more starts at the position for Andy LaRoche, Shea Hillenbrand and even Tony Abreu. The Dodgers are 14-7 with Abreu at third. ...Derek Lowe said he needs to rediscover the hard breaking ball he threw last year and early this season. Now, instead of breaking down, it has become more of a slider with too much velocity and a sideways break. Lowe is working to positions his fingers on top of the ball instead of on the side. "Still learning things at 35," he said. ...Little said he will stick with his five starters through next week and expects to start Lowe and Billingsley in the Sept. 17 doubleheader in Colorado, with whichever pitcher comes out the freshest returning on three days' rest. ...Little also noted he will start Hillenbrand at first base for Loney and Luis Gonzalez in left field Saturday against lefthander Barry Zito. Hillenbrand is 5-for-11 against Zito, Gonzalez 6-for-12 with a homer. Loney is 0-for-3. ...Some of the Dodgers players selected to report to Instructional League are Jacksonville pitchers Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 3.65 ERA) and James McDonald (7-2, 1.54 ERA), Inland Empire catcher Lucas May (25 home runs, 89 RBIs) and outfielder Bridger Hunt (.296), Great Lakes infielder Brian Mathews (.319) and pitcher James Adkins (0-1, 2.42 ERA), Ogden infielder Jaime Ortiz (.283, 11 home runs) and Gulf Coast Dodgers pitcher Chris Withrow (13 strikeouts in nine innings pitched, .167 opponents average) and outfielders Andrew Lambo (.343) and Alfredo Silverio (.373, 46 RBIs).  

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