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Dodgers need 10 innings to match best start in team history

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Make it eight straight victories for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who found another dramatic way to win a game.

Jose Valentin hit a two-run triple with two outs in the 10th inning and the Dodgers matched their best start in 50 years with a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

The Dodgers, who have the best record in the majors at 12-2, equaled the best start in franchise history. The 1940 and '55 Dodgers, then based in Brooklyn, also opened 12-2.

"It's something that you never feel like you are going to lose a game," Valentin said. "Our confidence is so big right now that we feel sooner or later, our time is going to come. It's just a matter of time that you get some guys on base and get a clutch hit."

Valentin was hitless in his previous eight at-bats over three games before tripling to the base of the wall in right-center field on a 1-1 pitch from Scott Linebrink. He was looking for a changeup and got one that stayed up over the plate.

"It really came down to the first team that made a mistake," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Dodgers started their winning rally with one out when J.D. Drew beat out a weak grounder to Linebrink (0-1) for an infield single. Linebrink bobbled the ball and then threw it past first baseman Phil Nevin for an error that allowed Drew to take second. It was Drew's fourth hit. The official scorer originally charged Linebrink with two errors, but changed the first error to a hit after the game.

Appearing rattled, Linebrink then fell behind 3-0 to Jeff Kent before walking him on a full-count pitch.

Duaner Sanchez (1-1) pitched one inning for the win. Yhency Brazoban pitched the 10th for his fourth save.

On Tuesday, after trailing 6-0, the Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 on Milton Bradley's two-run homer in the 10th.

The Padres, who wore camouflage uniforms to honor the area's large military population, have lost four straight to the defending NL West champion Dodgers, including an embarrassing three-game weekend sweep at Dodger Stadium, when they were outscored 18-3.

Both starters pitched well. The Dodgers' Derek Lowe went eight innings, allowing an unearned run, walking four and striking out three. He beat the Padres 4-0 on a three-hitter on Friday night.

"Outstanding," Lowe said of his new team's winning streak. "We've been saying all year we want to get off to a good start, and 12-2 is a really good start. But if you ask anyone in here, nobody's doing cartwheels. We expected to get off to a good start. This isn't shocking us."

San Diego's Woody Williams, who lost to Lowe on Friday, held the Dodgers to six hits while striking out four and walking three.

San Diego went ahead 1-0 in the first on an unearned run. A throwing error by Valentin, the third baseman, allowed Mark Loretta to reach with one out. Loretta stole second, and, after Brian Giles struck out, scored on Phil Nevin's single to left-center.

Drew tied the game at one with a solo homer with one out in the eighth off reliever Akinori Otsuka. It was Drew's second.

There were several great inning-ending defensive plays by both teams. Los Angeles' Jason Phillips was thrown out at home to end a second-inning threat, when the Dodgers had three singles but didn't score.

Phillips was thrown out trying to score from second on Cesar Izturis' single to right, but it took some doing by Ramon Hernandez. The catcher blocked the plate and caught right-fielder Brian Giles' one-hop throw but missed Phillips, who slid wide to avoid the tag. Phillips, by then down on all fours, tried to scramble to the plate, but Hernandez wheeled around and tagged him.

With two men on and two outs in the seventh, San Diego's Geoff Blum hit a long drive down the right-field line that went foul. He then flied out on a line shot to center.

"I couldn't believe the one I hit curved foul," Blum said. "Off the bat, it looked about 30 or 40 feet fair and then it just curved off to the right. But that's how it goes sometimes."

Bradley extended his hitting streak to eight games with a sixth-inning single and Phillips extended his hitting streak to seven with a second-inning single.

Notes

  • Dodgers RHP Brad Penny is scheduled to be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time to start Sunday at Colorado, providing the weather's not too cold. He's been sidelined by a nerve injury in his right biceps from last year.
  • Padres CF Dave Roberts sat out as a precaution against reinjuring his groin. He was rested after playing five straight games, including three rehab starts at Class A Lake Elsinore before starting against San Francisco on Monday and Tuesday nights.
 
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Jose Valentin celebrates with a fist pump after hitting a go-ahead two-run triple in the 10th inning. (AP)
Jose Valentin celebrates with a fist pump after hitting a go-ahead two-run triple in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Valentin
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

D. Lowe
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 4
K 3
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Cesar Izturis, SS5010012 .333
Jason Repko, LF5000030 .250
J.D. Drew, RF5241000 .224
Jeff Kent, 2B2100301 .340
Milton Bradley, CF3010104 .370
Jose Valentin, 3B3012211 .308
Norihiro Nakamura, 1B3000003 .176
   a- Ricky Ledee, PH1000012 .281
    Hee Seop Choi, 1B0000100 .167
Jason Phillips, C5010003 .326
Derek Lowe, P3010010 .200
   b- Jason Grabowski, PH1000010 .231
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
Totals363937816 
a-struck out for Nakamura in the 8th
b-struck out for Lowe in the 9th
Batting
2B - J.D. Drew (2, Williams)
3B - Jose Valentin (2, Linebrink)
HR - J.D. Drew (2, Otsuka)
SH - Milton Bradley (1)
RBI - J.D. Drew (4), Jose Valentin 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Valentin 2 (4)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Kent-Nakamura, Lowe-Kent-Nakamura
E - Jason Phillips (1, Wild throw), Jose Valentin (5, Wild throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe 8510430 1.27
Duaner Sanchez (W,1-1) 1100010 2.45
Yhency Brazoban (S,4) 1100020 3.68
HBP - Burroughs (by Derek Lowe)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 123-76, Duaner Sanchez 9-8, Yhency Brazoban 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 13-7, Duaner Sanchez 2-0, Yhency Brazoban 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 33, Duaner Sanchez 4, Yhency Brazoban 4
San Diego Padres
Geoff Blum, SS5000014 .273
Mark Loretta, 2B5110011 .288
Brian Giles, RF4010112 .212
Phil Nevin, 1B5011013 .197
Ryan Klesko, LF1000300 .220
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Ojeda, PH1000011 .000
Ramon Hernandez, C4000005 .294
Xavier Nady, CF4000001 .306
Sean Burroughs, 3B3020000 .267
Woody Williams, P2010001 .500
   b- Mark Sweeney, PH1010000 .400
    Akinori Otsuka, P0000000 .000
    Adam Hyzdu, LF1000011 .000
Totals361714619 
a-struck out for Reyes in the 10th
b-singled for Williams in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Phil Nevin (12)
2-OUT RBI - Phil Nevin (4)
SB - Mark Loretta 2 (5, 2nd base off Lowe/Phillips, 2nd base off Lowe/Phillips), Brian Giles (1, 3rd base off Brazoban/Phillips), Ryan Klesko (1, 2nd base off Lowe/Phillips), Woody Williams (1, 2nd base off Lowe/Phillips)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brian Giles 1
DP - Blum-Nevin
E - Scott Linebrink (1, Wild throw)
San Diego Padres
Woody Williams 7600340 5.16
Akinori Otsuka (BS,1) 1111221 1.35
Scott Linebrink (L,0-1) 1.2222120 5.68
Dennys Reyes 0.1000100 3.86
IBB - Valentin by Akinori Otsuka
Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 106-62, Akinori Otsuka 25-10, Scott Linebrink 39-23, Dennys Reyes 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 8-7, Akinori Otsuka 1-0, Scott Linebrink 1-2
Batters Faced - Woody Williams 28, Akinori Otsuka 6, Scott Linebrink 8, Dennys Reyes 2
Game Information
Attendance - 37054
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Mike Reilly