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Kent's home run carries Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeff Kent views hitting as a kind of
cat-and-mouse game with the pitcher. Right now, he's one dangerous
cat.

Kent finally made an out after having seven straight hits, then
bounced back to hit a three-run homer and drive in four runs Monday
night in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the Detroit
Tigers.

"That's the nature of the game. It's a game of adjustments.
Guys will get you for a while and you will get them for a while,"
Kent said.

"Jeff Kent is an RBI machine. It's amazing the way he plays,"
said Los Angeles closer Eric Gagne, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for
his sixth save in as many chances.

Kent struggled some earlier this season, his first with the
Dodgers, but has 11 hits in his last 18 at-bats to raise his
average to .288. He went 4-for-4 Sunday against Milwaukee and had
hits in his final three at-bats Saturday.

"Jeff Kent has obviously heated up offensively," Dodgers
manager Jim Tracy said.

Kent's consecutive hits streak ended his first time up against
the Tigers, when Jeremy Bonderman caught him looking at a fastball
on the outside corner for a called third strike.

But Kent drove in Los Angeles' second run with an infield single
in the fourth inning, and brought the Dodgers from behind with his
homer off Bonderman in the sixth.

The shot over the left-field fence was Kent's 12th home run.
Jason Repko hit a solo homer in the fourth to help the Dodgers win
their third in a row.

Los Angeles' Derek Lowe (5-5) gave up three runs -- one earned --
on five hits in eight innings.

He struck out five and walked one as he ran his career record
against Detroit to 7-1. A native of Dearborn, Mich., his first
major league win came at Tiger Stadium in 1997 when he pitched for
Seattle.

"I have faced these guys quite a bit, but I really can't
explain why I pitch the way I do against them," said Lowe, who
includes nine saves in his 27 appearances against the Tigers.

After giving up three runs in the first three innings, he
retired 21 of the last 23 batters he faced.

"He kept us in the ball game long enough for us to do
something," Kent said.

The game was the Tigers' first at Dodger Stadium since August
1965, when they played the Angels. The Angels played their home
games at the ballpark from 1962-65, but referred to it as Chavez
Ravine.

Bonderman (6-4) gave up five runs on five hits in six innings,
with five strikeouts and two walks.

"When you walk two guys and then hang a breaking ball to one of
the hotter hitters in the game, you're going to get beat,"
Bonderman said. "But I'm not going to let it affect me and let it
carry over to my next start."

After falling behind 3-0 when the Tigers got two early unearned
runs, the Dodgers closed within one by scoring twice in the fourth
inning.

Repko led off with his fifth home run, into the left-field
bullpen. J.D. Drew followed with a triple to right, then scored on
Kent's infield single to deep shortstop.

Brandon Inge scored on Rondell White's groundout to give the
Tigers a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Inge singled to lead off the
inning, then was safe at second when third baseman Antonio Perez's
throw on a force play pulled Kent off the bag for an error. Inge
went to third on Dmitri Young's groundout.

The Tigers scored twice in the second inning, getting their
first run on Craig Monroe's RBI double, and making it 2-0 when
Monroe came home from second on Kent's throwing error to first on
Nook Logan's grounder.

Detroit is 0-4 against the Dodgers in interleague play, losing
all three games at Comerica Park in 2003.

Game notes
Detroit LF White went 0-for-4 to end his 20-game hitting
streak. ... The Dodgers placed LHP Wilson Alvarez on the 15-day
disabled list because of soreness in his shoulder and called up RHP
Franquelis Osoria up from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Los Angeles OF
Ricky Ledee missed his second straight game with a sore left
hamstring.