Loney Homers in Lucky 13th Inning

The Dodgers led San Diego 6-1 into the bottom of the ninth and then saw them score five runs to tie the game of all-star selections Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton. Then James Loney's homer in the 13th inning changed the momentum and gave L.A. a strange, 7-6 win.

The Dodgers out-hit San Diego 18-6 and out-homered them 4-2 but left 14 on base and leaving the bases loaded twice.

The pesky Padres would not go away until Jeff Weaver struck out rookie Kyle Blanks to end it after four hours and 33 minutes to end the game.

Andre Ethier homered (#16) in the second and Casey Blake launched his 12th in the third with Rafael Furcal and Loney on base. Billingsley hit his first home run in 154 at-bats in the fifth and later n the inning, Furcal tripled and Juan Pierre singled across.

Chad Billingsley, in his fourth attempt to win his 10th game, seemed to have it in the bag, entering the ninth having allowed only two hits and leading 6-1.

Although he had only used 90 pitches over the first eight innings, that was all he had in the tank this day and after allowing a leadoff home run to Chase Headley and a double to Tony Gwynn.

Billingsley passed the ball to fellow all-star Jonathan Broxton who got David Eckstein on a flay to center and walked Scott Harriston. He fanned dangerous Adrian Gonzalez and then with two out, allowed an RBI single, walked two runs in and gave up yet another single that tied the score.

Matt Kemp saved the saver, throwing out Eliezer Alfonzo when he over-slid third base to finally end the inning.

As Alfonzo went from first to third on the hit, he overslid the bag and was tagged for the final out of the inning.

Ron Belisario and Guillermo Mota struggled in the 10th before Brent Leach got the final out with the bases loaded.

Jeff Weaver (5-2) worked three hitless innings, holding the Padres off until Loney could smack his game-winning homer in the 13th.

"We had to have this win," Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said. "I guess this is the product of the fact that we have played so many close games. Even though we were emotionally drained after that ninth inning, we went out there and worked at it."

The Dodgers have the majors' best winning percentage in one-run games at .692 (18-8) and at 52-30 the best record in the big leagues.

Pierre replaced Manny Ramirez in the lineup because manager Joe Torre said he wanted to him to rest his legs. Pierre finished with four hits to boost his average to .328. Ramirez pinch-hit in the 11th and was robbed of a hit by Gwynn's diving catch.

Furcal singled twice and tripled. James Loney got a single to go with his winning home run (#6); Matt Kemp, Juan Castro (giving Orlando Hudson another day off) had two hits each and Billingsley slugged a double and a homer and even ran over the catcher to score a run on a close play at the plate.

But it was Weaver who snatched the chestnuts out of the fire for Los Angles. In the last of the 13th he intentionally walked slugger Adrian Gonzalez with one out and no one on base.

San Diego had no position players left so pitcher Kevin Correia bunted him to second and Weaver sealed the win with a strikeout.

"Weaver did a great job," Torre said. "He's been so good for us. There's a certain calmness when he comes in the game."

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com asked Billingsley if he was auditioning for a slot in the All-Star Home Run Derby? "Maybe I can beg to get in there," he said.

  Score by Innings
Los Angeles	013 020 000 000 1-7
San Diego	000 010 005 000 0-6

Los Angeles	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	7  2  3  0  .254
Pierre lf	7  0  4  1  .328
Loney 1b	6  2  2  1  .280
Blake 3b	5  1  2  3  .289
Ethier rf	7  1  1  1  .250
Martin c	6  0  0  0  .248
Kemp cf        	5  0  2  0  .305
Castro 2b	5  0  2  0  .333
 Ramirez ph	1  0  0  0  .333
 Weaver p	0  0  0  0  .143
Billingsley p	4  1  2  1  .242
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Mota p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hudson 2b	1  0  0  0  .287
  Totals  	54  7 18  7
  San Diego	43  6  6  6  

  Error- Furcal (9). 2B- Billingsley (2),
Castro (3). 3B- Furcal (1). HR- Ethier
(16), Blake (12), Billingsley (1), Loney
(6). RBI- Ethier (54), Blake 3 (51), 
Billingsley (3), Pierre (25), Loney (51).
S- Billingsley. LOB- Los Angeles 14. San
Diego 6. SB- Loney (6), Pierre (23).
CS- Kemp (4), Pierre (8). DP- Furcal and

  Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Billingsley 	8.0  4  3-3  0  5  3.14
Broxton 	1.0  2  3-3  3  1  2.72
Belisario 	0.1  0  0-0  1  0  2.42
Mota        	0.1  0  0-0  1  0  3.89
Leach	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.06
Weaver (5-2)	3.0  0  0-0  1  2  3.32
  WP- Mota. HBP- by Belisario.
T- 4:33. Att- 30,070.
Dodgers All-Stars
The Dodgers will be represented by pitchers Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton and second baseman Orlando Hudson at the July 14 All-Star Game, to be played at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

A fourth player, Matt Kemp, could be selected in balloting of players, managers and coaches in the All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote.

The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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