Dodgers Acquire Bat & Arm But Lose to DBacks

The Dodgers got the news that the club had acquired The Dodgers White Sox slugger Jim Thome and Arizona right-hander Jon Garland and seemingly were so enthused they forgot to go on and beat the Diamondbacks, losing the lead in the eighth on a solo home run and the game in the 10th 5-3 on another home run.

Reliever George Sherrill entered the eighth inning with the Dodgers ahead 3-2 after Randy Wolf had again pitched extremely well, allowing six hits and two runs over the first six innings. Hong-Chic Kuo worked a scoreless seventh and the normal Sherrill-Broxton move was on.

Sherrill had been a better investment than government bonds for he Dodgers since arriving from Baltimore. He had not allowed a run over 14 appearances and 14.1 innings but gave up a home run to Justin Upton in the eighth to tie the game 3-3.

Rusty Ryal hit his second home run of the season off James McDonald the 10th and then added another run, helped by Juan Castro's error at shortstop, when McDonald walked in the extra run.

The Dodgers offense was again a no-show, collecting only five hits -- although three of them were solo home runs -- and none of them after Matt Kemp had slugged a shot in the fifth to gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.

Arizona, despite a 60-72 record and 19 games behind the Dodgers, tagged Wolf in the second inning for a pair of runs on Augie Ojeda's two-out double.

Wolf shrugged that off and allowed only three more hits before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. Despite the setback, over seven starts in August, Wolf lost once and lasted at least seven innings five times.

Over his seven starts in August, the Dodgers held a 5-2 record when he took the ball. The Dodgers suffered a lost in his first start in August when McDonald also served up a solo homer in that game in the 10th.

The Dodgers got one run back on Ron Belliard's first home run in his first Dodgers start after coming from Washington. Manny Ramirez (#15) and Kemp (#22) added solo home runs leading off the sixth inning.

After Kemp's shot, the final dozen Dodgers went out in order.

His recent work has made him the Dodgers' ace heading into the season's stretch run. But this night, all he got out of the game was his 14th no-decision. of the season when Sherrill gave up the eighth-inning homer.

"Missed my spot, didn't execute my pitch," McDonald said after the game. "I feel like I threw the ball well overall. I felt good and my arm felt good and only one one or two pitches weren't decent pitches. I have to focus and get back down in the zone."

"You go into the fire as often as those eighth and ninth inning guys do, and you'd like to believe it's always going to happen," Torre said. "[Brad] Lidge did it last year, and he always came out clean, but it doesn't happen very often."

Torre that Russell Martin was leading off because, "What we're trying to do right now is get him some pitches to hit, try to get him in a good place. Hitting in front of Ethier and Manny, he should get some good pitches to hit, and hopefully it helps his patience."

Mota to The Disabled List
Guillermo Mota was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an ingrown toenail, making room for Ronnie Belliard to join the 25-man roster. It does not affect Mota's postseason eligibility.

Both San Francisco, who just picked up free agent Brad Penny to bolster their already impressive pitching staff, and Colorado were not scheduled and therefore picked up a full game in the loss column, although they are officially 5 1/2 games back of the Dodgers. Of course, Martin's on-base percentage has been the least of his worries at the plate this season.

RHP Vicente Padilla (9-6, 4.86 ERA) will start for the Dodgers tonight against the Diamondbacks who have won five games in a row. Padilla did good job in his Dodgers debut at Coors Field, limiting the hot-hitting Rockies to two runs on six hits in five innings with one walk and four strikeouts.

The Dodgers will face RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-8, 5.59 ERA) who has allowed just one run over his last 12 innings. His last time out, against the Giants, Petit tossed six shutout innings, allowing just four hits.

 Score by Innings
Arizona	        020 000 010-5
Los Angeles	010 002 000-3

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martin c	5  0  1  0  .258
Ethier rf	4  0  0  0  .283
Ramirez lf	4  1  2  1  .310
Kemp cf        	4  1  1  1  .314
Blake 3b	4  0  0  0  .272
Belliard 2b	4  1  1  1  .246
Loretta 1b	1  0  0  0  .228
 Kuo p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sherrill p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pierre ph	1  0  0  0  .322
 McDonald p	0  0  0  0  .000
Castro ss	3  0  0  0  .299
 Furcal ph	1  0  0  0  .255
Wolf p        	2  0  0  0  .190
 Loney 1b	2  0  0  0  .274
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 Totals	        35  3  5  5 
 Arizona	38  5 10  5

 Error- Castro (3). 2B- Martin (16).
HR- Belliard (6), Ramirez (15), Kemp
(22). RBI- Belliard (23), Ramirez (49),
Kemp (86). LOB- Los Angeles 4, Arizona
10. DP- Belliard, Castro and Loretta;
Blake, Belliard and Loretta.

 Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wolf        	6.0  6  2-2  2  7  3.25
Kuo        	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.20
Sherrill 	1.0  1  1-1  2  1  1.91
Broxton	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.74
McDonald (4-4)	1.0  2  2-1  2  1  4.13
 T- 3:02. Att- 45,211.
 




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