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San Francisco at Los Angeles

W: O. Perez (2-0) L: B. Tomko (0-2)
S: Y. Brazoban (2)
HR: SF - None   LA - H. Choi (1), J. Kent (2)

Dodgers 4, Giants 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- Odalis Perez has been known as a hard-luck pitcher because of a lack of run support since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers three years ago.

He's convinced things are going to be different this season.

Perez allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings, Hee-Seop Choi and Jeff Kent homered, and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 Wednesday night for their fourth victory in five games.

Perez (2-0) gave up four hits while walking none and striking out five. He also beat the Giants last week in San Francisco, allowing one run in five innings of a 10-4 victory.

The 27-year-old left-hander, was 7-6 with a major league-leading 18 no-decisions last season, when he received the lowest run support among NL starters - 3.30 runs per nine innings that he pitched.

The previous June, after he lost to the Angels 3-1, Perez complained about the Dodgers' lack of punch, saying the offense had to start producing or the team needed to acquire players who could.

There's been plenty of punch so far, with the Dodgers having scored 55 runs in eight games to tie Toronto for the most in the majors.

"We have guys who can put the ball in play," Perez said. "We're scoring runs, our pitching is doing the job. This year will be different. I've never heard of a pitcher who had 18 no-decisions two straight years."

The Giants entered with a big league-leading .387 batting average (29-for-75) against left-handers, but they were no match for Perez, who retired 15 straight batters after Edgardo Alfonzo's single to start the second.

Rookie Lance Niekro snapped the streak with a single to begin the seventh, and scored on a one-out double by Alfonzo that chased Perez. Yhency Brazoban, the fifth Dodgers pitcher, worked a perfect ninth for his second save.

Choi opened the third by hitting a 1-0 pitch from Brett Tomko (0-2) into the first row of the lower seats in right field for his first homer since July 28 -- three days before the Dodgers acquired him from the Florida Marlins. J.D. Drew walked and Kent followed by hitting a 1-2 pitch an estimated 429 feet into the left field bleachers, making it 3-0.

Ricky Ledee and Paul Bako hit back-to-back doubles leading off the fourth to extend the Dodgers' lead to 4-0.

Tomko allowed eight hits and all four Los Angeles runs in 4 2/3 innings.

"I gave up four runs, but two runs would have been enough," he said. "It doesn't make a difference. You've got to go out there and shut the other team down. They've got a veteran lineup with guys who've been around and know how to play. And their pitching is outstanding. It's a different team than last year, but they're still pretty good."

Choi, who entered with one hit in 15 at-bats, went 2-for-4. Kent and Jose Valentin also had two hits each for the Dodgers.

Alfonzo leads the majors with a .516 batting average. Kent, a former Giant in his first season in Los Angeles, ranks third at .419. He has scored a big league-leading 12 runs and driven in 11 -- tied for third in the majors.

"I just show up and play and do the best I can in all areas of the game," Kent said. "Good things happen, bad things happen. You just go with the flow. Right now, the flow is going well for us. There's nothing that I'm doing that's special."

The win gave the Dodgers a sweep of the two-game series and four wins in five games against their Northern California rivals this season.

"They've got our number, but it's just the eighth game of the season, said Giants reliever Matt Herges, who pitched a perfect eighth with two strikeouts.

San Francisco outfielder Jason Ellison, whose ninth-inning error allowed the winning run to score in Tuesday's 9-8 loss to the Dodgers, made his third major league start. When the Giants' starting lineup was introduced before the game, the Dodger Stadium crowd booed every player except Ellison, who was cheered.

Ellison went hitless in two at-bats before being lifted for pinch hitter Michael Tucker, who flied to center against Kelly Wunsch with runners at first and third to end the seventh.


Dodgers RHP Brad Penny pitched five innings and allowed two hits and one run for the Vero Beach Dodgers against Palm Beach in his first rehab outing facing hitters in a game situation. ... Giants equipment manager Mike Murphy, who has worked for the team since it moved west from New York in 1958, underwent minor surgery early this week. "As soon as we get back for the next homestand, he'll be there," media relations coordinator Matt Hodson said. Murphy has never missed a home game since the Giants moved to San Francisco. ... The Dodgers will wear Brooklyn jerseys Friday night against San Diego as part of the nationwide celebration of the 58th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. Robinson made his big-league debut for the Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
Los Angeles

O. Perez
IP 6.1
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 5

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Game Information
Attendance - 46514
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna