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Dodgers win again against injury-plagued Giants

7/28/2002

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jim Tracy will shed no tears for the
injury-stricken San Francisco Giants. Nobody felt sympathy for his
Los Angeles Dodgers when they were in the same predicament a year
ago.

Omar Daal combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, and
Adrian Beltre had an RBI triple among his three hits Saturday as
the Dodgers beat the reeling Giants 5-1.

Sure, San Francisco didn't have reigning NL MVP Barry Bonds,
Reggie Sanders, Benito Santiago and three other key players. But
the Dodgers, who missed more than 600 man-games with injuries in
2001, are making the most of their health at a key point in the
season.

"I don't think they worry about our players who are hurt,''
said Tracy, the Los Angeles manager. "We were a very injured club
last year. I know the feeling, but the games are on the schedule
for this weekend, and you've got to play them.''

Paul Lo Duca got three hits and scored two runs for the Dodgers,
who stayed four games behind Arizona in the NL West and opened up a
two-game wild card lead over the Giants by beating their biggest
rivals for the second time in less than 24 hours.

The Dodgers scored their first three runs on grounders, playing
the gritty, station-to-station baseball that Tracy preaches so
strenuously.

"We got some breaks today on some balls that found the right
holes, and that's what we needed,'' Lo Duca said. "It's been a
different guy getting the big hit in each of the last few games.
We've just got some things to fall in lately.''

The Giants, who lost for the fifth time in six games, were
without their top four outfielders, their All-Star catcher and key
reliever Jay Witasick because of injuries.

San Francisco was just one game out of first place in the
division when Bonds hurt his hamstring last week. Bonds sat out
again Saturday, along with Sanders, Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Marvin Benard,
Santiago and Witasick, who went on the disabled list before the
game.

"You try to give it your all out there, but it's tough with
three everyday guys out,'' Giants shortstop Rich Aurilia said.
"It's an uphill battle, and we don't want to dig any further holes
for ourselves. We want to stay in the race, but we're short-handed,
so it's tough.''

Daal (8-5), winless in his previous three starts, didn't allow a
hit through five innings against the Giants' patchwork lineup, but
Yorvit Torrealba led off the sixth with a double to center.
Torrealba later scored, but Daal allowed just two hits in six
innings, striking out three.

Daal left the game in the seventh after cutting his shin on
Torrealba's spike while sliding home for the Dodgers' third run.
The injury won't be serious enough to prevent Daal from making his
next start -- not when he's finally recapturing the form he showed
earlier in the season.

"It's good to face them when Bonds and their other guys are
out, but I was still trying to be careful with Aurilia and Jeff
Kent,'' Daal said. "I didn't want anybody on base when those guys
were hitting.''

Giovanni Carrara threw a hitless seventh. Paul Quantrill and
Guillermo Mota allowed one hit apiece in one inning apiece.

Beltre drove in two runs in his second straight big game since
Tyler Houston joined the team in a trade with Milwaukee. Houston is
expected to take playing time away from the inconsistent Beltre at
third, but Beltre is 7-for-9 in the Dodgers' first two games in San
Francisco.

Livan Hernandez (7-11), the subject of trade rumors as San
Francisco looks to bolster its inconsistent rotation, threw 123
pitches during 7 2/3 solid innings for the Giants, allowing nine
hits and just two earned runs.

"I see something on TV every day,'' Hernandez said. "Livan's
going here, Livan's going there, but nobody has told me nothing.
Like I said before, if the team thinks it can do better, it's OK
with me. I'll go.''

San Francisco scored its only run in the sixth after Torrealba
broke up Daal's no-hit bid. Hernandez singled Torrealba to third,
where he scored on Tom Goodwin's double-play grounder.

Houston made his second straight start at first base for the
Dodgers. He and Beltre got four hits apiece on Friday night,
keeping regular first baseman Eric Karros out for another day.

Game notes
Roberto Duran, the four-time world champion boxer, led the
singing of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game.'' The 50-year-old Duran
retired in January. ... Goodwin, who was dropped by the Dodgers in
spring training, celebrated his 34th birthday. ... Before Torrealba
singled in the sixth, he attempted a bunt. It went foul, but
Torrealba's breach of no-hitter etiquette was jeered even by some
Giants fans.