SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tyler Houston made a great impression on
his new team.
Houston went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs in his Dodgers
debut, leading Los Angeles over the San Francisco Giants 11-6
Friday night. "I definitely had my adrenaline going,'' said Houston. "I got
here in time for my first Dodgers team meeting and I think that
really lit a fire under us.'' Houston, acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on
Tuesday, hit a two-run triple in the first inning. "That was tremendous,'' said Dodgers manager Jim Tracy. "That
was quite a night offensively. He jump-started us with his two-run
triple. He had some great at-bats.'' Adrian Beltre also drove in four runs with four hits. Mark
Grudzielanek had four of the Dodgers' 18 hits. "We felt our offense was starting to come around and our
approach today was tremendous,'' said Tracy. "We went back to
playing baseball the way we did in the first half.'' The Dodgers won for just the fourth time in their last 16 games.
Despite a career-high four RBI by Ramon Martinez, the Giants lost
for the fifth time in seven games. Given a lot of support, Hideo Nomo remained undefeated against
the Giants in San Francisco despite one of his worst outings of the
year. "It's not exactly one of his greatest performances but it was
nice to get him the win after the way he's pitched this year,''
said Tracy. Nomo (10-6) improved to 7-0 in eight starts in San Francisco. He
allowed five runs and nine hits over seven innings and won for the
first time since July 1, a span of five starts. The Dodgers pounced on Russ Ortiz (7-7) for eight runs in two
innings, his shortest outing of the season. He allowed seven hits
and walked four. "I just kept making bad pitches,'' said Ortiz. "I kept
thinking I was making mistakes and they kept getting base hits.
They were just taking advantage.'' After Houston's triple, Beltre followed with an RBI single for a
3-0 lead. "That first at-bat was key for me,'' said Houston. "That took
a load off my shoulders and made me relax a little bit.'' The Dodgers added five runs in the second, highlighted by
Beltre's bases-loaded triple and RBI singles from Houston and
Grudzielanek. Grudzielanek added a run-scoring single in the fourth and
Houston and Brian Jordan each singled home runs in the fifth. "You saw what happened. We gave up a whole bunch of runs,''
said Giants' manager Dusty Baker. "We're without our best team,
but everything comes back around. As quickly as you tumble, you can
come back.'' Martinez, making his first professional start in the outfield,
hit a two-run homer. Jeff Kent hit his 17th homer of the year in the first, a solo
shot off a 1-2 pitch from Nomo. The Giants were playing without their regular outfield. Barry
Bonds, Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Reggie Sanders all missed the game with
various hamstring injuries. Outfielder Shawon Dunston also was a
late scratch because of back pain.
Bonds took batting practice and will test his leg in
running drills on Saturday. ... On Sunday, the Giants will honor
their 1951 team that won the NL pennant in a three-game playoff
against the Dodgers. ... Dodgers RHP Darren Dreifort, on the DL,
threw 20 pitches in the bullpen before the game but had to stop
because of neck pain. ... Tony Torcato made his major league debut
and singled in his first at-bat for the Giants. ... Nomo had not
allowed the Giants more than three runs in seven previous starts in
San Francisco. ... The Giants went over the 2 million mark in
attendance for the fourth straight year.