Three-Run Bomb in Second Drops Dodgers

Esteban Loaiza walked the first two in the second inning, then threw a gopher ball to put the Dodgers in a 3-0 hole and behind the eight ball in the playoff race. The Phillies won, Colorado battered Florida 13-0 and the Jake Peavey and the Padres beat the Giants for the 7th straight time.

Mexican Independence Day wasn't kind to the most recent Dodgers acquisition. Loaiza (2-2)finished his afternoon with seven walks and having allowed only one hit, the crushing shot in the second inning.

The Dodgers put their leadoff man on base in the third, fourth fifth and seventh inning and only Rafael Furcal scored, that on a home run in the fourth. As a team they didn't get a hit with runners in scoring position.

Under normal circumstances a 4-2 homestand against the Padres and Diamondback would have been with the season running out, it was a tough one to swallow.

L.A. falls to 79-70 and are now 4 1/2 out in the division and 2 1/2 out in the wild card race, and the schedule doesn't play in their favor much the rest of the way.

When Loaiza pitched in Chicago and manager Grady Little asked what he thought of his new starter, he said "He throws strikes."
br> But somewhere on the flight home, he seemingly lost that ability and Eric Hull saved him more damage by getting the final out in the fifth on a popup.
br> After a comfortable 1-2-3 first inning, Loaiza walked the first two in the second inning and catcher Chris Snyder picked on a low fastball and bounced it off the top of the left field wall for a three-run homer.

The Dodgers got an infield hit by Juan Pierre in the first -- his 39th infield hit of the year -- but was cut down at second attempting to steal.

Andre Ethier singled up the middle in the third but Loaiza bunted into a double play.

After the first nine Dodgers had gone down in order (sort of), Rafael Furcal slammed his sixth home run of the season leading off the fourth. With one out, James Loney singled off Gonzalez's leg and Jeff Kent singled through the left side of the infield.

Then with two out and Andy LaRoche at bat, the DBack catcher muffed a strike and Kent momentarily broke for second and was picked off before he could get back.

At this point, the Dodgers had outhit Arizona 3-1 but trailed 3-1.

LA had blew another chance in the fifth after Andy LaRoche singled and Ethier walked. This time Mike Lieberthal hit into a double play and pinch-hitter Nomar Garciaparra popped to first.
br> Rudy Seanez gave up three singles and a run in the sixth and Arizona took a 4-1 lead.
br> The Snakes scored two more in the ninth to put the game away, although Kent and pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney singled (career #160) in the ninth.

After a travel day Monday, the Dodgers will battle the Rockies in a rare day/night doubleheader on Tuesday, making up the July 27 rainout. Chad Billingsley (11-4, 3.14) opposes Jeff Francis (15-8, 4.35) in the opener and on three-days rest David Wells (8-8, 5.27) faces Mark Redman (1-4, 9.67) in the nightcap

Score by Innings Arizona 030 001 002-6 Loa Angeles 000 100 000-1 Las Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 1 1 1 ,272 Pierre cf 4 0 1 0 .290 Loney 1b 3 0 1 0 .330 Kent 2b 4 0 2 0 .298 Gonzalez lf 4 0 1 0 .278 LaRoche 3b 3 0 1 0 .204 Sweeney ph 1 0 1 0 .257 Ethier rf 3 0 1 0 .289 Lieberthal c 2 0 0 0 .236 Young ph 1 0 0 0 .438 Moeller c 0 0 0 0 .167 Loaiza p 1 0 0 0 .200 Hull p 0 0 0 0 .000 Garciaparra ph 1 0 0 0 .281 Seanez p 0 0 0 0 .000 Houlton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Abreu ph 1 0 0 0 .266 Broxton p 1 0 0 0 .000 Totals 32 1 9 1 DBacks 33 6 6 6 Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Loaiza (2-2) 4.2 1 3-3 7 2 4.55 Hull 0.1 0 0-0 1 0 4.05 Seanez 1.0 3 1-1 0 0 3.88 Houlton 2.0 0 0-0 0 3 3.98 Broxton 0.1 2 2-2 1 1 2.57 Hernandez 0.2 0 0-0 0 0 5.88 T- 3:07. Att- 51,460.

Goodbye to Bruce-- The Dodgers honored longtime Major League umpire and Vero Beach resident Bruce Froemming before the game, his last at Dodger Stadium. Froemming is the longest-tenured umpire in Major League history, and he is retiring after 37 years. He and his dog, Blue, can often be found on the fields of Dodgertown in Vero Beach, and among the farewell gifts given to him this afternoon are a Dodger leash and dog bowl plus a Dodger uniform jersey #37 for his 37 years as an umpire.

Quote of the Day-- "James reminds me of Bobby Bonilla when he was starting out. He never hit more than 11 home runs in a Minor League season. His first season in the big leagues, he hit like two or three homers. Pretty soon, he was hitting 25 and 30 a year. If you asked him if he had more power, he said it was just a matter of being older and wiser. But I also think there's something about the Major League atmosphere that brings out the best in some guys. Some guys thrive on playing in this setting, and it looks like James is one of them."-- Las Vegas Manager Lorenzo Bundy talking about James Loney.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Dodger set-up man Jonathan Broxton made his 78th appearance, which is the second-highest total in the Major Leagues and sixth place in Dodger franchise history, one behind Duaner Sanchez (2005). ...Dodger left fielder Luis Gonzalez singled in the seventh inning and is now just four hits shy of 2,500 in his career. ..Little started Mike Lieberthal behind the plate, in what was just the 15th start by Lieberthal this season. Russell Martin has caught 135 games and is expected to catch only the opener of Tuesday's double-header in Colorado. That puts him on pace to catch 146 games, which would match Mike Piazza's Dodgers record. ...Saturday's victory gave Dodgers starter Derek Lowe six consecutive seasons with at least 12 wins. The only current pitchers who have done that are the Braves' Tim Hudson and the Padres' Greg Maddux.

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