Padilla and Three Home Runs Top Arizona

Vincente Padilla worked six strong innings while winning his second start for the Dodgers and he was supported by three home runs and the patter of Juan Pierre's little feet in a 7-2 win over Arizona. It was game number 140 for Los Angeles with only 22 left in the regular season.

Manny Ramirez, James Loney and Ron Belliard each slugged a solo home run. Pierre, who replaced Ramirez when he was ejected, sparked a two-run eighth and drove in a run in the ninth.

Padilla hit only one bump in the road, serving up a two-run home run to Chris Young that cut the L.A. lead to 4-2. He boosted his overall record to 10-6 (2-0 with the Dodgers) and completed six innings, allowing eight hits and lowering his ERA to 2.76.

Ron Belisario and George Sherrill shut off the DBacks, with Jonathan Broxton recording a four-out save, his 33rd of the season.

Manny Ramirez (#17) and James Loney (#10) hit back to back home runs in the second to put Los Angeles on the board. All of Loney's home runs have come on the road.

Ron Belliard singled, moved up on two wild pitches and scored on Russ Martin's RBI singled to make it 3-0.

Ramirez struck out in the third and threw both his bat and helmet. The home plate umpire did him one better, throwing him ... out of the game.

Belliard homered (#7) in he fourth before Young tagged Padilla for a two-run home run, his third solo home run in two games, hitting 101 on the gun.

It went 4-2 into the eighth and with one out, Juan Pierre made his move. He singled to short left, stole second, stole third (#24 and #25). Loney walked and Belliard ripped a double into the right field corner to score Pierre. Martin's sac fly drove in Martin.

Pierre wasn't finished. He laced a single to center in the ninth that drove in Matt Kemp who had singled and stole his 31st base.

The Dodgers maintained their rhythm, winning one and losing the next day for the past nine games. The win gives them a 10-6 margin over the Diamondbacks

The Giants and Colorado both won, however there was a rumor that Troy Tulowizki left the game after hitting a single and suffering a strained lower back. He is listed game-to-game.

Pitching matchups for the next two games in the series:

Tuesday, September 8 - RHP Chad Billingsley (12-9, 3.86) vs. RHP Billy Buckner (2-6, 8.29)
Wednesday, September 9 - RHP Jon Garland (9-11, 4.23) vs. RHP Dan Haren (13-8, 2.78)

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	030 100 021-7
Arizona	        000 020 000-2

 Los Angeles	 ab h  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	 5  0  1  0  .255
Kemp cf	         5  1  1  0  .306
Ethier rf	 5  0  0  0  .280
Ramirez lf	 2  1  1  1  .304
 Pierre lf	 3  1  2  1  .318
Loney 1b	 4  2  1  1  .278
Belliard 3b	 4  2  3  2  .262
Hudson 2b	 2  0  0  0  .287
Martin c	 2  0  1  2  .258
Padilla p	 2  0  0  0  .143
 Loretta ph	 1  0  0  0  .223
 Belisario p	 0  0  0  0  .000
 Mientkiewicz ph 1  0  0  0  .375
 Sherrill p	 0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	 0  0  0  0  .000
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 Totals	         36 7 10 7
 Arizona	 32 2  8 2

 Two-base hits- Furcal (23), Belliard (9).
HR- Ramirez (17), Loney (10), Belliard
(7). RBI- Ramirez (52), Loney (78), Martin	
2 (41), Belliard 2 (28), Pierre (19).
SF- Martin. SB- Pierre 2 (25), Kemp (31).
DP- Padilla, Furcal, Loney; Furcal,
Belliard, Loney.

 Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Padilla (2-0)	6.0  6  2-2  1  3  2.07
Belisario	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  2.07
Sherrill	0.2  1  0-0  1  0  0.50
Broxton (sv 33)	1.1  1  0-0  1  2  2.56
 HBP- Martin. T- 2:44. Att- 28,317.
Kershaw Scratched
Lefthander Clayton Kershaw will be scratched from his start in San Francisco Friday due to an odd injury. It seems that while shagging flys before the game Sunday he crashed into the outfield wall and bruised his non-pitching shoulder.

Dodger Blue Notes-- With the win the Dodgers assured themselves of a winning record for the fourth year in a row and for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons beginning in 2000. With 81 wins, Los Angeles is already three shy of matching its 2008 season total with 24 games left to play. The Dodgers have won 11 of their last 16 road games, a stretch that began with a 10-inning, 5-3 win at St. Louis on July 30. At 82-57, the Dodgers are tied for the best record in the National League with the St. Louis Cardinals, 2.0 games up on Philadelphia.  The Dodgers have had at least a share of the league's best record every day since the start of play on May 3. ... Dodger pitchers have given up five runs or less in 27 consecutive games beginning August 10, posting a 2.60 ERA (69 ER/237.0 IP) overall in that span, which is the best in the Major Leagues. ...Andre Ethier has a team-leading 92 RBI with Matt Kemp right behind him with 88. With two more RBI, Kemp would give the Dodgers their first pair of 90-RBI players since 2006, when J.D. Drew (100) and Nomar Garciaparra (93) turned the trick.  Los Angeles this year is also looking for its first 100-RBI duo since 2001, when Shawn Green (125) and Gary Sheffield (100) accomplished the feat.  

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