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Green breaks out of slump to lead Dodgers to win

8/3/2002

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Shawn Green broke out of his slump in a big
way.

Green hit a tying, two-out home run in the ninth inning and
doubled in the 12th to set up Eric Karros' go-ahead single as the
Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-6 Saturday.

Green was in a 9-for-41 skid over his past 10 games before going
4-for-6 with two homers and a double. He drove in three runs and
scored three times.

"Everyone hopes that this win can get us going on a good
stretch,'' he said.

Los Angeles had lost four of five, cutting its lead in the NL
wild-card race.

After Cesar Izturis drew a leadoff walk from David Coggin (2-3)
in the 12th, Green followed with a double. Karros hit a two-run
single with the bases loaded and one out.

The Dodgers ended Coggin's shutout streak at 20 1/3 innings.

Eric Gagne (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings. Paul Quantrill
worked the 12th for his first save, retiring Mike Lieberthal on a
grounder with a runner on second to end it.

Lieberthal had already hit a pair of two-run homers.

"This was a great win and it came at a time when we really
needed it,'' Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "To win this ballgame
today was extra special.''

Karros echoed his manager.

"We needed it as bad as any we've had all year,'' he said.

With the Phillies leading 6-4, reliever Terry Adams got the
first two outs in the ninth before pinch-hitter Dave Hansen
singled. Plesac was brought in to face Green and set up a lefty vs.
lefty matchup.

After a checked-swing ran the count full, Green homered off his
former Toronto teammate for his 30th of the season.

Phillies manager Larry Bowa thought that Plesac had Green struck
out on the check swing, but plate umpire Mike Everitt ruled it
outside and third-base umpire Joe West ruled no swing.

When asked if he thought it was a strikeout, Bowa said, "yes on
the pitch and on the swing. We didn't get the call.''

Green also hit a leadoff home run in the third.

"The (first) home run was big because it relaxed me,'' said
Green, who was 9-for-41 in the last 10 games. "I hope this is a
sign of things to come.''

Until Green's tying homer, Joe Roa was in position to pick up
his first major league victory since June 14, 1997, when he pitched
for San Francisco and beat Anaheim.

The 30-year-old righty pitched five innings, giving up three
runs and six hits. Roa had been 14-0 with a 1.86 ERA for Triple-A
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being called up on July 11, and had
lost his only decision for the Phillies.

Kazuhisa Ishii continued to struggle for the Dodgers.

Ishii, who started the season with six straight wins and had a
10-1 record on June 8, has gone 1-5 in his last eight starts. He
went five innings, giving up five runs, on six hits with six
strikeouts and two walks.

The Dodgers scored two in the first but could have had more.
David Roberts led off with a single and then scored on a double by
Marquis Grissom. Adrian Beltre hit an RBI single, but Los Angeles
left the bases loaded.

Philadelphia answered with three in the bottom of the first.
Placido Polanco and Pat Burrell doubled and Lieberthal hit a
two-run homer.

A leadoff home run by Green tied it at 3 in the third, but
Lieberthal hit another two-run homer in the bottom half.

Los Angeles pulled to within a run when Alex Cora's double
scored Karros in the sixth off reliever Carlos Silva. Ricky Ledee
hit his third pinch-hit homer of the season in the bottom half.

Game notes
Roa doubled in the second for the first extra base hit of
his career. ... Jimmy Rollins made his first start batting in the
sixth spot for the Phillies. ... Dodgers opponents have scored in
the first inning in five of the last eight games.