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San Francisco at Los Angeles

L.A. Dodgers
W: N. Lowry (4-5) L: D. Lowe (7-5)
S: A. Benitez (10)
HR: SF - R. Durham (12), N. Lowry (1), M. Alou (10)   LA - O. Saenz (7)

Bonds isn't missed as Giants pound Dodgers' pitching for 11 runs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- Barry Bonds wasn't available Saturday, leaving the San Francisco Giants without their cleanup hitter.

Manager Felipe Alou went with an unlikely replacement in Ray Durham, a 5-foot-8 switch-hitting second baseman who's never hit more than 20 homers in any of his 11 major league seasons.

It turned out to be the perfect choice.

Durham hit a three-run homer and scored four times, winning pitcher Noah Lowry had his first career home run, and the Giants scored early and late to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-7.

Bonds didn't play because of a sore right knee, but said he hopes to start Sunday in the final game before the All-Star break. Bonds said he caught a spike in the dirt while taking his first swing Friday night and twisted his knee, but he still managed to hit his 720th career homer in his second at-bat.

Durham, batting cleanup for just the third time this season, drove a 2-0 pitch from Derek Lowe into the right-field bullpen in the first to give the Giants a 4-0 lead.

Durham also walked and scored in the third, singled, stole a base and scored in the fifth, and was walked intentionally and scored one of San Francisco's three runs in the ninth.

"Today, he looks like a genius," a smiling Durham said of Alou. "It just worked for me today. That's B's job. I commend Felipe for having the trust in me to put me in that position, to drive in runs."

Lowry (4-5) earned the win despite allowing nine hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He homered off Lowe leading off the fourth, hitting a 2-1 pitch into the left-field bullpen.

"I just got lucky, I ran into it," the 25-year-old Lowry said, adding it was the first homer he's hit since college.

The Dodgers cut the Giants' lead to 8-7 on pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz's two-run homer off Brian Wilson in the eighth, but Pedro Feliz hit an RBI single and Steve Finley added a two-run triple with two outs in the ninth off Jonathan Broxton.

Armando Benitez, the sixth San Francisco pitcher, got the last four outs for his 10th save in 14 chances. Pinch-hitter Russell Martin flied to left with the bases loaded to end the game.

The first inning was a disaster for Lowe (7-5), who gave up four hits and a walk to the first five batters. Randy Winn walked and Omar Vizquel and Moises Alou singled to produce one run before Durham hit his 12th homer. Feliz added a single before Lowe retired the next three batters.

"Obviously, I'm in a little bit of a funk," Lowe said. "I mean, four runs before you get an out. I think clearly, there's something's going on that we will figure out before the next start, as far as what's going on mechanically to cause the inconsistency. I let the team down."

The Dodgers scored three times off Lowry in the second on a two-run single by Toby Hall and a broken-bat RBI single by Rafael Furcal, but the Giants got a run back in the third on Todd Greene's two-out, RBI single.

Lowry's homer made it 6-3, and Greene hit another two-out, run-scoring single in the fifth to chase Lowe.

The Dodgers scored once in the sixth, but blew a chance for more. Kevin Correia relieved Lowry with one on and one out, and gave up a single to Hall and a walk to pinch-hitter Andre Ethier to load the bases. Jonathan Sanchez relieved and walked Furcal to force in a run before retiring Jose Cruz Jr. on a fly to shallow right and Nomar Garciaparra on a liner to center.

Alou opened the seventh by hitting a full-count pitch from Joe Beimel into the lower left-field seats for his 10th homer to make it 8-4.

Hall hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh before Saenz came through with the ninth pinch-hit homer of his career. But the Dodgers wouldn't score again.

Lowe allowed eight hits and seven runs in 4 2/3 innings -- his shortest outing of the season. His ERA went from 3.49 to 3.88. He entered with a 5-2 record and a 2.73 ERA at Dodger Stadium.

"Outside of the balls that left the park, it wasn't that bad," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "But the balls that leave the park just kind of magnifies the situation. As the case may be, we should have had some taller outfielders in a couple of cases."


  • Dodgers 2B Jeff Kent sat out his fifth straight game because of a strained muscle in his left side, and CF Kenny Lofton didn't play either. Lofton left Friday night's game with tightness in his right hamstring after running out a sacrifice bunt in the first inning.
  • Lowry went 1-for-3, giving him three hits in 21 at-bats this season and 26 hits in 115 lifetime at-bats for a .226 average.
  • Garciaparra singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. Teammate J.D. Drew went hitless in four official at-bats, ending his 13-game hitting streak.
  • Bonds is hitless in six lifetime at-bats against Lowe.
  • Hall had three hits and drove in three runs -- his first RBIs since being traded to the Dodgers by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on June 27.
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Moises Alou hits his first homer since coming off the disabled list in the seventh inning.  (AP)
Moises Alou hits his first homer since coming off the disabled list in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

R. Durham
AB 3
R 4
H 2
HR 1
San Francisco

N. Lowry
IP 5.1
H 9
ER 4
BB 0
K 2

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San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, LF4210100 .273
Omar Vizquel, SS4110000 .302
Moises Alou, RF5222001 .316
    Jason Ellison, RF0000000 .214
Ray Durham, 2B3423200 .264
Pedro Feliz, 3B4121111 .277
Steve Finley, CF5012003 .246
Todd Greene, C5022012 .323
Lance Niekro, 1B4010004 .249
Noah Lowry, P3111010 .143
    Kevin Correia, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P1000000 .000
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
2B - Randy Winn (20, Broxton)
3B - Steve Finley (9, Broxton)
HR - Moises Alou (10, Beimel), Ray Durham (12, Lowe), Noah Lowry (1, Lowe)
SH - Omar Vizquel (8)
RBI - Moises Alou 2 (35), Ray Durham 3 (45), Pedro Feliz (62), Steve Finley 2 (34), Todd Greene 2 (11), Noah Lowry (2)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Feliz (18), Steve Finley 2 (10), Todd Greene 2 (4)
SB - Omar Vizquel (11, 2nd base off Lowe/Hall), Ray Durham (4, 2nd base off Lowe/Hall)
PK - Lance Niekro (1, Beimel)
Team LOB - 5
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry (W,4-5) 5.1944020 4.08
Kevin Correia0100100 2.92
Jonathan Sanchez (H,3) 1111100 0.66
Brian Wilson 1322111 8.10
Steve Kline (H,10) 0.1000010 2.76
Armando Benitez (S,10) 1.1200100 1.99
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 100-62, Kevin Correia 7-3, Jonathan Sanchez 17-8, Brian Wilson 25-16, Steve Kline 3-3, Armando Benitez 28-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 5-9, Jonathan Sanchez 1-2, Brian Wilson 1-1, Armando Benitez 1-3
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 25, Kevin Correia 2, Jonathan Sanchez 5, Brian Wilson 7, Steve Kline 1, Armando Benitez 7
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3122300 .267
Jose Cruz Jr., LF4000005 .238
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH1112000 .301
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   b- Russell Martin, PH1000003 .288
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B5020003 .360
J.D. Drew, RF4000011 .288
Matt Kemp, CF5120010 .291
Ramon Martinez, 2B5230012 .336
Cesar Izturis, 3B5120004 .288
Toby Hall, C5133001 .238
Derek Lowe, P1000000 .086
    Odalis Perez, P0000000 .067
   c- Andre Ethier, PH-LF2010112 .354
a-homered for Beimel in the 8th
b-flied out for Broxton in the 9th
c-walked for O. Perez in the 6th
2B - Cesar Izturis (2, Lowry)
HR - Olmedo Saenz (7, Wilson)
SH - J.D. Drew (1), Derek Lowe (6)
RBI - Rafael Furcal 2 (29), Olmedo Saenz 2 (35), Toby Hall 3 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (12), Toby Hall (7)
SB - Matt Kemp (5, 2nd base off Lowry/Greene)
Team LOB - 13
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (L,7-5) 4.2877322 3.88
Odalis Perez 1.1000000 6.67
Joe Beimel 2211001 3.31
Jonathan Broxton 1333110 3.47
IBB - Durham by Jonathan Broxton
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 102-63, Odalis Perez 13-11, Joe Beimel 24-17, Jonathan Broxton 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 8-4, Odalis Perez 3-1, Joe Beimel 3-2, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 25, Odalis Perez 4, Joe Beimel 7, Jonathan Broxton 7
Game Information
Attendance - 46496
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether