Kemp Takes His Turn With a Walkoff Hit

Matt Kemp drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the 10th inning, their Major League-leading eighth walkoff hit of the season, to help Los Angeles beat the Oakland 5-4 and provide Torre with his 2,194th victory, tying him with Sparky Anderson for most wins during the regular season.

Second baseman Orlando Hudson opened the 10th with a leadoff single and Casey Blake reached on a fielding error by two-time Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera. James Loney, who doesn't have a sacrifice bunt this season and only one in his 369-game Major League career, bunted two pitches foul before grounding into a double play.

Initially called safe, the call was reversed on appeal.

Kemp the ripped a single to right to score Hudson and hand the A's to their fourth straight loss.

Clayton Kershaw, who has had a season that a long-ago poet has written about, (when he is good he is very, very good and when he is bad he his horrid).

This night he was very, very good, working into the sixth inning and holding the Athletics to four scattered hits and no runs. He left the game after a two-out double and a walk in the seventh and with eight strikeouts in his pocket.

Ronald Belisario, after a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, retired former Dodger Nomar Garciaparra on a ground ball.

Guillermo Mota (3-1) pitched a perfect 10th to earn the victory, making the Dodgers 15-5 in one-run games and 12-1 at home. It also extended Mota's scoreless innings streak to 11.2 in the process.

Kershaw left with a 2-0 lead but Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer with one out in the eighth inning off reliever Ramon Troncoso, ending Troncoso's scoreless streak at 13.2 innings. Bobby Crosby added a solo shot two batters later to give Oakland a 4-2 lead.

The first 14 Dodgers went down quietly in order before Kemp doubled and Andre Ethier walked in the fifth.

Hudson singled in the sixth and Casey Blake doubled him in and then scored on Loney's double hit to break a scoreless tie.

Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, Rafael Furcal doubled to deep right and with one out, scored on Blake's single. Kemp moved him to third with a ground ball and Ether hit into a fielder's choice to tie the game.

Corey Wade rescued a struggling Troncoso and Jonathan Broxton, celebrating both his 25th birthday and the birth of his first child, worked a scoreless ninth.

After Kemp's clutch hit in the 10th, the Dodgers' had recorded their 13th victory this season in their last at-bat and their 18th come-from-behind win.

Torre, in his second season as a Dodger, and Anderson, who was a Dodgers minor league infielder, have each won five pennants and three World Series championships. Both were named AL manager of the year twice, Torre with the Yankees, Anderson with the Tigers.

"It means you've been around a long time," Torre said. "It's a pretty good neighborhood. Sparky's a friend. I've had respect for Sparky Anderson from the first moment I met him, and even before that when I watched him manage in the early days as a 37-year-old kid."

Tonight, in the second game of the series, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 2.86 ERA), draws his fourth start. He allowed five runs (four earned) over 5.1 innings in Texas. He is 6-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 16 career starts at home. Wednesday's start is his first against the Oakland Athletics. He is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the American League.

RHP Trevor Cahill (3-5, 4.17 ERA) gets the call for the Athletics. Cahill, 21, hadn't allowed more than two earned runs in four consecutive starts before he gave up a three-run homer to Minnesota. Cahill relies on a sinking two-seam fastball, hasn't issued more than three walks in a start since April 18. He's never faced the Dodgers.

  Score by Innings
Oakland 	000 000 040 0-4
Los Angeles	000 002 020 1-5

  Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	5  0  0  0  .333
Furcal ss	5  1  1  0  .247
Hudson 2b	5  2  2  0  .311
Blake 3b	5  2  2  2  .302
Loney 1b 	4  0  1  1  .284
Kemp cf	        4  0  3  1  .315
Ethier rf	3  0  0  1  .266
Martin c	4  0  0  0  .239
Kershaw p	2  0  0  0  .150
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
 MJones ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loretta ph	1  0  0  0  .237
 Mota p	        0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	39  5  9  5
  Oakland	37  4  8  4

  2B- Kemp (10), Blake (17), Loney (13),
Furcal (12). RBI- Blake 2 (41), Loney
(44), Ethier (49), Kemp (36). LOB- Los
Angeles 8, Oakland 8.

  Los Angeles	 in h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	        5.2  4  0-0  3  8  4.13
Belisario	1.1  0  0-0  0  0  2.37
Troncoso 	0.2  3  4-4  1  0  2.34
Wade	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  4.38
Broxton	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  1.36
Mota (3-1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  5.06
  WP- Belisario. T- 3:26. Att- 41,169.
First Night of Free Parking Draws Well
More than 3,000 fans purchased tickets at the box office for the homestand opener against the Athletics which featured free general admission parking. The "walk-up" crowd was the Dodgers' largest of the season on a non-promotional item game.

  Fans can park for free tomorrow night and Wednesday night when Heroes Week continues at Dodger Stadium. Tomorrow evening, the Dodgers will host Firefighter Appreciation Night just hours after Dodger shortstop and Rafael Furcal and closer Jonathan Broxton will pay a visit to local fire station #20 on Sunset Blvd.

  On Thursday, the Dodgers will salute unsung heroes throughout the Los Angeles community, including the nominees of the People All-Stars Among Us contest in which one fan will earn the right to represent the Dodgers at the All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14.

  The Dodgers are leading the National League in total paid attendance with 1,403,662 for an average of just over 42,000 per game.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Troncoso had pitched 43.2 consecutive innings without allowing a home run before Giambi broke the string. ...Torre said that Jeff Weaver will likely start on Saturday against the Angels at Angel Stadium because Eric Stults won't be ready to be activated from the disabled list and Eric Milton won't be eligible to return from the disabled list until Sunday. If Weaver does start, it's scheduled to be against his brother, Jered. ...The Dodgers and As have played only 19 regular season against against each other with Oakland holding a 12-8 lead but they split World Series wins in 1974 and 1988. ...Russell Martin leads the National League and is tied for the Major League-lead with 12 runners thrown out stealing and his CERA (catcher's earned run average) of 3.30 is the lowest in the N.L. ...And a tidbit from out research guru, George Hewitt: In 1915, George "Zip'' Zabel of the Chicago Cubs was called into the game against the Brooklyn Dodgers with two outs in the first inning. He won 4-3 in the 19th inning in the longest relief effort in the majors.