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Garciaparra leads Dodgers past Giants with two-run home run

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- Nomar Garciaparra's late-inning heroics stole the show again -- this time from Barry Bonds.

Garciaparra's tie-breaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning trumped Bonds' 720th career home run and lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-7 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.

"When I hit it, I knew it was gone," said Garciaparra, who fouled off two fastballs before connecting. "I was able to get one where I got the barrel on it. I was just battling, trying to keep the inning alive because the guys behind me are swinging the bat well."

Garciaparra, who is going to his sixth All-Star Game and first as a National Leaguer, drove an 0-2 splitter from Jeremy Accardo (1-3) into the bullpen in left with one out in the eighth. It was his 11th homer of the season and it broke a 6-6 tie.

"It's my fault. It's all on me. I just didn't throw it where I needed to," Accardo said. "I hung it. And if you hang a pitch like that to a good hitter, he's going to beat you every time. ... I can't put a finger on why it hung. I tried to throw it in the dirt."

Cesar Izturis capped the decisive rally with an RBI single, his third hit. Danys Baez (5-4) pitched a hitless eighth for the victory. Takashi Saito got three outs for his seventh save in as many chances, just hours after the Dodgers announced that former All-Star closer Eric Gagne would undergo season-ending back surgery on Saturday.

Bonds gave the Giants a 5-4 lead in the third with a three-run shot, his first home run in 26 at-bats since June 24. The seven-time NL MVP, who is 35 home runs behind all-time leader Hank Aaron, added an RBI single in the ninth.

"We know that Barry's going to drive in runs," manager Felipe Alou said. "He had a number of hittable pitches in a couple of the games in Arizona that he just missed and popped up, but we knew he was going to get back his stroke. I could tell by the way he took BP today. He even hit a ball over the roof and into the parking lot."

The Dodgers took a 6-5 lead in the sixth against Giants starter Matt Morris when Russell Martin, who led off with a double, scored on a throwing error by right fielder Moises Alou after he caught a fly ball by Matt Kemp with Martin on third.

The Giants tied it in the seventh on a two-out RBI single by Ray Durham, who hit his 11th home run in the second.

Dodgers rookie Chad Billingsley allowed five runs -- four earned -- and six hits over 5 1/3 innings and remained winless in five major league starts. The 21-year-old right-hander, a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2003, was the organization's minor league pitcher of the year last season and was promoted from Triple-A on June 14.

Bonds, who hit his first major league home run eight weeks before Billingsley's second birthday, drove his 12th homer of the season an estimated 449 feet into the pavilion seats in right-center with two outs in the third.

Billingsley is the 426th pitcher to give up a home run to the 13-time All-Star. Bonds, who turns 42 on July 24, has hit 63 home runs against the Dodgers, 28 in Los Angeles. He had one hit in 19 at-bats against the Dodgers this season before the home run.

"We didn't expect to go the whole year without seeing one, and he gave us a glimpse of what he's been doing all these years," Dodgers manager Grady Little said.

Los Angeles tied it at 5 in the fifth inning on an RBI single by rookie Andre Ethier.

Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent sat out his fourth straight game because of a strained muscle in his left side. Center fielder Kenny Lofton, another former Giant, left the game with tightness in his right hamstring after running out a sacrifice bunt in the first inning. Their replacements, Ramon Martinez and Kemp, both drove in runs in the first two innings.

Garciaparra and J.D. Drew both extended their hitting streaks during the Dodgers' three-run first. Garciaparra made it 19 straight with an RBI single, Drew followed with a double that gave him 13 consecutive games with a hit. Martinez drove them in with a two-out double that gave Los Angeles a 3-1 lead.

Kemp gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead in the second with an RBI groundout after Alou misplayed Martin's sinking liner into a triple. The 40-year-old Alou was playing his second game after missing 2 1/2 weeks because of a lower back strain.

Morris allowed six runs - five earned - and a season-high 10 hits over six innings.

Notes

  • Gagne's surgery to repair a herniated disk in his lower back will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins at St. Vincent Medical Center.
  • Garciaparra's longest hitting streak in the big leagues was 30 games, in 1997 with Boston. He is only the second player in history to make an All-Star roster as a shortstop and a first baseman. The other was Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.
  • The only players to represent the Dodgers and Giants in an All-Star Game are Kent and C Tom Haller, who replaced Spec Richardson as Giants general manager exactly 25 years ago Friday.
 
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Nomar Garciaparra is the second player in history to be an All-Star at shortstop and first base.  (AP)
Nomar Garciaparra is the second player in history to be an All-Star at shortstop and first base. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

N. Garciaparra
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

B. Bonds
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF4110001 .273
Omar Vizquel, SS4320101 .303
Moises Alou, RF5111024 .313
Barry Bonds, LF3124200 .249
Ray Durham, 2B5122012 .259
Pedro Feliz, 3B5010033 .275
Mark Sweeney, 1B1000300 .267
    Jason Ellison, PR0000000 .214
    Lance Niekro, 1B0000000 .249
Eliezer Alfonzo, C3000013 .296
Matt Morris, P2000113 .222
    Jonathan Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   a- Steve Finley, PH1000001 .247
    Jeremy Accardo, P0000000 .000
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
Totals337977818 
a-grounded out for Wilson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Moises Alou (6, Broxton), Pedro Feliz (21, Billingsley)
HR - Barry Bonds (12, Billingsley), Ray Durham (11, Billingsley)
SH - Randy Winn (3), Eliezer Alfonzo (2)
RBI - Moises Alou (33), Barry Bonds 4 (39), Ray Durham 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Barry Bonds 3 (18), Ray Durham (8)
SB - Omar Vizquel (10, 2nd base off Saito/Martin)
CS - Mark Sweeney (1, 2nd base by Billingsley/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Barry Bonds 1
DP - Vizquel
E - Moises Alou (2, Wild throw)
San Francisco Giants
Matt Morris 61065330 4.29
Jonathan Sanchez 0.2100210 0.00
Brian Wilson 0.1000010 7.00
Jeremy Accardo (L,1-3) 0.2222011 5.06
Steve Kline 0.1211100 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 97-59, Jonathan Sanchez 23-11, Brian Wilson 4-3, Jeremy Accardo 16-13, Steve Kline 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 10-4, Jeremy Accardo 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 30, Jonathan Sanchez 5, Brian Wilson 1, Jeremy Accardo 4, Steve Kline 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3120100 .264
Kenny Lofton, CF0000000 .296
    Matt Kemp, CF4101011 .286
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B5223002 .359
J.D. Drew, RF5220020 .293
Andre Ethier, LF5131012 .352
Ramon Martinez, 2B2012301 .325
Cesar Izturis, 3B5031003 .279
Russell Martin, C3220102 .290
Chad Billingsley, P2000011 .250
    Giovanni Carrara, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Cruz Jr., PH0000100 .243
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000013 .295
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals3591586615 
a-walked for Carrara in the 6th
b-struck out for Broxton in the 7th
Batting
2B - J.D. Drew 2 (16, Morris, Morris), Ramon Martinez (6, Morris), Russell Martin (11, Morris)
3B - Russell Martin (3, Morris)
HR - Nomar Garciaparra (11, Accardo)
SH - Rafael Furcal (3), Kenny Lofton (3)
RBI - Matt Kemp (21), Nomar Garciaparra 3 (53), Andre Ethier (31), Ramon Martinez 2 (20), Cesar Izturis (6)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Martinez 2 (9), Cesar Izturis (3)
SB - Rafael Furcal 2 (21, 2nd base off Morris/Alfonzo, 2nd base off Morris/Alfonzo), Andre Ethier (2, 2nd base off Morris/Alfonzo)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Matt Kemp (5, Wild throw), Russell Martin (2, Wild throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley 5.1654452 5.27
Giovanni Carrara 0.2000010 1.93
Jonathan Broxton (BS,2) 1211100 2.80
Danys Baez (W,5-4) 1000100 3.95
Takashi Saito (S,7) 1111120 2.20
IBB - Sweeney by Chad Billingsley, Bonds by Jonathan Broxton
WP - Chad Billingsley (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 96-50, Giovanni Carrara 4-4, Jonathan Broxton 20-12, Danys Baez 11-6, Takashi Saito 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 7-3, Jonathan Broxton 1-2, Danys Baez 3-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 25, Giovanni Carrara 2, Jonathan Broxton 6, Danys Baez 4, Takashi Saito 5
Game Information
Attendance - 53991
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Brian Knight