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Dodgers boost NL West lead, thanks to win over longtime rivals

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- Even when the Dodgers' season seemed to be heading south, Brett Tomko was sure they would turn it around.

"We went through a very trying stretch. And to bounce back the way we have, that's great," Tomko said Friday night after he pitched a perfect eighth inning in Los Angeles' 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

"We could easily have given up and coasted when we were six or seven games back. But we knew that wasn't going to happen. There are too many guys here who wouldn't let that happen."

The Dodgers lost 13 of 14 after the All-Star break and were 7 1/2 games behind division leader San Diego on July 26. Then Los Angeles reeled off an 11-game winning streak. After having that string snapped earlier this week, the Dodgers have won two in a row.

The surge has carried them to a 1 1/2-game lead over San Diego and Arizona, both of whom lost on Friday night.

"We like the way things are going right now," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said.

Mark Hendrickson pitched seven strong innings and Julio Lugo provided the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to carry the Dodgers past the rival Giants, who have lost three straight and 14 of 17.

Jeff Kent added a solo homer for Los Angeles.

Barry Bonds went 1-for-1, walked three times and singled home the Giants' second run. He has been stuck for a week on career home run No. 723 in his chase for Hank Aaron's record of 755. The slugger's last homer, his 15th of the year, was Aug. 4 at home against Colorado.

Mike Stanton (3-6) started the eighth for the Giants, faced two batters and gave up hits to both -- a double to J.D. Drew and a single to Andre Ethier, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

Lugo followed with his sacrifice fly to deep center off Brian Wilson.

Hendrickson gave up two runs and scattered 10 hits in seven innings. He walked four and struck out three. Tomko (8-6) worked the eighth and Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for his second save in four chances.

The Giants stranded nine runners, continuing a trend.

"We had opportunities tonight," said Shea Hillenbrand, who went 0-for-4. "I left five guys on base. I can't speak for the team, but I haven't been doing as well this year.

"It's one of those things I need to work on and continue to get better at. I'm expecting a little bit too much out of myself and pressing too much instead of letting things happen."

Bonds drove in Omar Vizquel from third with a sharp single to left in the fifth inning to tie it at 2. The RBI, Bonds' 49th of the year, gave him 1,902 for his career - one behind his godfather, Willie Mays, who's No. 7 on the list.

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead on Kent's 11th home run, leading off the fourth inning against Noah Lowry.

Lowry allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Hendrickson walked Bonds to load the bases in the third after getting ahead of him 0-2. Durham followed with a single that drove in Randy Winn and tied it at 1. Durham also singled after Hendrickson walked Bonds with two outs in the seventh, but Ethier threw Durham out at second trying to stretch his hit into a double.

Nomar Garciaparra's sacrifice fly put the Dodgers up 1-0 in the first inning.

Notes

  • San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said he is taking RHP Jamey Wright out of the rotation. Wright has lost seven of his last eight decision and is 6-10 overall, with a 5.18 ERA. RHP Brad Hennessey will come out of the bullpen to join the rotation and start Monday, which was Wright's scheduled spot, against San Diego. Hennessey is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 25 appearances, including six starts.
 
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Ray Durham goes 3-for-4, but the Giants lose their third straight and 14th in the past 17 games.  (AP)
Ray Durham goes 3-for-4, but the Giants lose their third straight and 14th in the past 17 games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Furcal
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
San Francisco

R. Durham
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF5010013
Omar Vizquel, SS4220100
Moises Alou, RF4000001
Barry Bonds, LF1011300
Ray Durham, 2B4031002
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4000004
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000012
Eliezer Alfonzo, C4010022
Noah Lowry, P3020010
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000
    Steve Kline, P0000000
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1000000
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a-lined out for Kline in the 9th
Batting
2B - Omar Vizquel (, Hendrickson)
RBI - Barry Bonds (), Ray Durham ()
2-OUT RBI - Ray Durham ()
SB - Omar Vizquel (, 2nd base off Hendrickson/Hall)
CS - Omar Vizquel (, 2nd base by Hendrickson/Hall)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Ray Durham (, )
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Mike Stanton (L,-)0211000
Brian Wilson 0.2000200
Steve Kline 0.1000000
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 6-10, Steve Kline 1-0
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 30, Vinnie Chulk 1, Mike Stanton 2, Brian Wilson 4, Steve Kline 1
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4120100
Kenny Lofton, CF3010104
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3011012
Jeff Kent, 2B3111113
J.D. Drew, RF4110011
Andre Ethier, LF4020000
Julio Lugo, 3B3001021
Toby Hall, C2000101
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH0000100
    Russell Martin, C0000000
Mark Hendrickson, P2000012
   b- Jason Repko, PH1000000
    Brett Tomko, P0000000
   c- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000002
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000
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a-walked for Hall in the 8th
b-flied out for Hendrickson in the 7th
c-popped out for Tomko in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (, Lowry), J.D. Drew (, Stanton)
HR - Jeff Kent (, Lowry)
SF - Nomar Garciaparra (), Julio Lugo ()
SH - Kenny Lofton ()
RBI - Nomar Garciaparra (), Jeff Kent (), Julio Lugo ()
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1
DP - Lugo-Kent-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
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Brett Tomko (W,-) 1000010
Jonathan Broxton (S,) 1000010
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 108-61, Brett Tomko 9-6, Jonathan Broxton 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 9-6, Brett Tomko 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 32, Brett Tomko 3, Jonathan Broxton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 53695
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Gary Darling