Dodgers Lose Game and Series in Ninth

The Dodgers must have felt like Bill Murray in "Goundhog Day", re-living the same day over and over again when the Giants again snatched a win away in the last of the ninth, scoring twice to win 5-4 and drop the Dodgers under .500 on the season.

Manny Ramirez lined a double into left-center field in the seventh inning to drive in two runs, giving the Dodgers their first lead of the game and they carried the 4-3 margin into the ninth.

The double was Ramirez's only hit of the game. He was hit on the hemet in the first inning, flew out twice and reached on a passed ball after striking out in the ninth. In eight games since being acquired in a trade from Boston on July 31, Ramirez is hitting .459 with two doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs.

Oddly enough, the Dodgers have split the eight games Ramirez has played, despite the fact that he has accounted for 15 of the 39 runs scored over that period (38%) and have hit .255 over that span.

It seems to appear that the the team is relying too much on Manny to provide the runs needed.

With Jonathan Broxton apparently unavailable, manager Joe Torre used Ramon Troncoso in the seventh with Hong-Chih Kuo getting the final two outs in the eighth and opened the ninth in search of his first save of the season.

But the ninth inning should have been R-rated because it would give Dodger children of all ages a nightmare.

Randy Winn, who had knocked in all three Giants runs in the game, hit a drive down the right field line to open the final inning that hit the chalk line but Ethier held it to a single.

Aaron Rowland grounded his fourth hit of the game into left field and the Giants fans went wild. Omar Vizquel popped up attempting to bunt and Jose Castillo grounded sharply to Casey Blake at third and it looked like a certain game-ending double play.

But the ball popped out of Blake's glove and his throw to first was too late to get Castillo. Then Emmanuel Burriss hit what looked like another double play ball, this one to Pablo Ozuna at second base, his flip to Angel Berroa got one but Burriss beat the throw to first as the tying run scored.

Eugeno Valez then rapped a ball back through Kuo's legs and the ball went for an infield hit as the winning run scored.

The Giants out-hit Los Angeles 14-6, had baserunners in every inning but the fifth and left 13 of them stranded. Chad Billingsley, who shut out the Giants July 30, allowed nine hits and three runs.

He left one runner on base in the first, three in the second, two in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, then with Manny Ramirez performing his magic again, was in line to win the game before disaster struck in the ninth inning.

The Dodgers offence consisted of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier through the first six innings. Between them they rang up five of the six Dodgers hits, scored all four runs and knocked in two of them.

The rest of the Dodgers managed one hit (Ramirez's) in 26 at-bats. Blake had a terrible game (with the error) and Jeff Kent, Loney and Berroa joined him in going 0-for-4.

Former Dodger Dave Roberts, who keyed Saturday night's comeback win, singled off Chad Billingsley in the first inning and was bunted and then doubled home by Winn. Roberts also walked in the second, singled and scored in the third (at this point he was 5-for-5 over the two games with a walk), and was finally retired in the sixth and eighth.

Ethier tripled high off the rightfield bricks and scored on a grounder by Jeff Kent, who who moved ahead of Mickey Mantle with his 1,510th RBI.

Winn singled home two more runs in the fourth and Kemp tripled in the fifth and scored on an RBI single by Ethier.

Thus it went after Ramirez's clutch double; 4-3 Los Angeles, into the last of the ninth.

Arizona avoided a sweep against Atlanta and now lead the Dodgers by a game and one-half.

The Dodgers return home to host Philadelphia for four games while Arizona travels to Colorado for three games.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	001 010 200-4
San Francisco	100 200 002-5

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kemp cf	        5  2  3  0  .294
Ethier rf	4  2  2  1  .276
Kent 2b	        4  0  0  0  .262
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Kuo p	        1  0  0  0  .273
Ramirez lf	4  0  1  2  .459
Loney 1b	4  0  0  0  .294
Martin c	2  0  0  0  .286
Blake 3b	4  0  0  0  .286
Berroa ss	4  0  0  0  .210
Billingsley p	2  0  0  0  .087
 Pierre ph	1  0  0  0  .277
 Ochoa 2b	1  0  0  0
  Totals	36 4  6 4
  San Francisco	39 5 14 5	

 Error- Blake (1). 2b hits- Kemp (27),
Ramirez (1). 3b hits- Ethier (3), Kemp
(4). RBI- Kent (51), Ethier (47). Ramirez
(9). SB- Kemp (27). LOB- Los Angeles 10, 
San Francisco 13.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Billingsley	6.0  9  3-3  3  6  3.07
Troncoso	1.1  2  0-0  0  1  4.32
Kuo (3-1)	1.1  2  2-0  0  1  1.75
 T- 3:18. Att- 41,804.



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