Jayson Werth hit a tying homer and scored the go-ahead run on Lo
Duca's eighth-inning single, leading the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory
over the Giants on Tuesday night. Gagne got three outs for his 19th
save, extending his consecutive saves streak to 82.
"We got spanked up there and got our butts kicked. They stomped
us, and we weren't ready. So to win this game is big," Lo Duca
said. "We've still got two more games against these guys and we've
got to face their best (Jason Schmidt) on Thursday."
The Dodgers and Giants resumed their rivalry following last
week's four-game sweep by the Giants at San Francisco. In the
series finale, Giants outfielder Michael Tucker got upset about a
high pitch over the middle of the plate from Gagne and triggered a
bench-clearing episode that resulted in ejections for both players.
That incident came one day after the benches cleared after
pitcher Jeff Weaver covered first base on a grounder by Tucker, and
Tucker took exception to Weaver's high tag as both players got
there simultaneously. There were no such extracurricular activities
this time, however.
"We're professionals. This game has nothing to do with what
happened before. We wanted to get a game back in the standings, and
that's what it's all about," Gagne said. "We know we have a good
team. We didn't show up in San Francisco, and now it's time to show
them that we can play."
Scott Eyre came in and walked pinch-hitter David Ross. Felix
Rodriguez came in and got Cesar Izturis to ground into a fielder's
choice, putting runners at the corners. Lo Duca then lined a 1-1
pitch to left to score Werth.
Guillermo Mota (4-3) got the win with two scoreless innings,
including two timely double plays, before Gagne closed it out and
put the third-place Dodgers within 2 1-2 games of the NL
San Francisco right-hander Jerome Williams missed his scheduled
outing because of mild tendinitis in his shoulder, and lefty Noah
Lowry came out of the bullpen to make his third big league start.
He allowed a run and just two hits over seven innings, struck out
nine and walked one.
"We couldn't really figure him out," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy
said. "He threw a number of changeups and we had a number of
swings on changeups. There wasn't a whole lot of adjusting. We
continued to swing through them and he continued to throw them
behind in the count."
Weaver threw six innings, allowing a run and six hits. He struck
out two and issued three walks, all to Barry Bonds, who homered
twice against him on April 18. Two of the walks were intentional.
"That's the strategy that everybody uses these days," Giants
catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "It's bad for Barry because he never
gets to do anything in the game and it kind of takes him out of the
"They pitched to him earlier in the year and he beat them. So
after he beats every team, they quit pitching to him. You can't
blame them. But we wish he'd get more swings."
Mota relieved Weaver and gave up a one-out double in the seventh
by J.T. Snow. The right-hander walked Marquis Grissom on a 3-2
pitch, bringing up Bonds, who homered in his only previous official
at-bat against Mota.
Bonds walked on four straight pitches to load the bases, but
Mota got a break when second baseman Jose Hernandez caught a soft
broken-bat liner by Edgardo Alfonzo and doubled up Grissom at
second base to end the threat.
"Trace walked to the mound and basically said, `Walk Bonds. If
he fishes, he fishes. But don't mess with him," Lo Duca said.
"But Alfonzo's been hot, so you've got to make key pitches on him.
Mo did and got us out of the inning."
Adrian Beltre led off the second inning with a double, but was
stranded there after Lowry struck out Juan Encarnacion, Olmedo
Saenz and Werth in succession. That was the Dodgers' only hit until
the fifth, when Werth drove a 2-1 pitch to dead-center with one
Alfonzo, who drove in a career-high six runs last Tuesday
against the Dodgers, opened the scoring in the first with a
broken-bat bloop single to left field after Weaver intentionally
walked Bonds with two outs.
Bonds, seven walks shy of Rickey Henderson's major league
mark of 2,190, has received a record 543 intentional walks --
compared to 61 for Henderson. ... Bonds' next extra-base hit will
be his 1,300th. The only players with more are Hank Aaron, Stan
Musial, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. ... Tucker singled twice in
three at-bats against Weaver, after entering 3-for-19 against him.