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LOS ANGELES -- The last time the Dodgers enjoyed a 16-1 stretch, the year was 1953 and the names above the clubhouse lockers belonged to the likes of Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and Roy Campanella.
The NL West leaders have won five straight and have their first 16-1 stretch since the franchise relocated from Brooklyn in 1958. They came out of the All-Star break 1-13 before going on this current streak.
"It's pretty amazing, especially having lost 12 out of 13," Lowe said. "I'm not really a history buff, but I wouldn't imagine there had been too many teams that had lost 12 out of 13 and won as many as we have."
Lowe (10-8) allowed a run and four hits over seven innings, striking out two and walking two.
"We had two weeks that were horrific, but we never lost faith in the club and the club never lost faith in themselves," general manager Ned Colletti said. "The end of July was not the time to say `When does '07 start?' I believed and (manager) Grady (Little) believed that there were good players in this room who were all competitive and who all care."
Watching the Dodgers' latest triumph from the other dugout with a great deal of envy was Marlins reliever Matt Herges. The right-hander spent his first three big league seasons with Los Angeles and was on San Francisco when Colletti was the assistant GM there.
"The fact that they brought in Ned Colletti was the best move they've ever made," Herges said. "He really knows what he's doing. He's worked under one of the best general managers in Brian Sabean, and he's a quality individual. I'm a huge fan of Ned's, and I'm sure L.A. believes in him now."
Willis (7-10) gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out nine and walking five. The two-time All-Star also drove in a run with his second career triple.
"We have nothing to hold our heads down about tonight. We left it on the field," Willis said. "They've been very successful, they're playing hot right now, and they're at home. It's just about momentum and doing the right things at the right time."
Willis took a two-hit shutout and a 1-0 lead into the sixth before Julio Lugo beat out an infield hit with one out. Garciaparra drove the next pitch into the pavilion seats in left-center for his 13th home run and a 2-1 lead.
"When a guy is pitching that well, you're not going to get too many opportunities to capitalize on things," Garciaparra said. "I was trying to make contact and keep that inning alive. I was looking for a pitch I could drive. I think what really got us going was Lugo hustling and getting to first."
Willis, who led the majors last season with 22 wins and five shutouts, walked the next two batters, and both advanced on a groundout by Wilson Betemit. The left-hander intentionally walked Martin, then struck out pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz.
But the Dodgers tacked on two more runs in the seventh with RBI singles by Garciaparra and J.D. Drew, whose hit ended Willis' second career start at Chavez Ravine.
Willis' RBI was his sixth this season and the 24th by Florida pitchers, tying the club record set in 2005. Last season, he led all major league pitchers with 11 hits.
|Derek Lowe allows one run and strikes out two in seven innings for his 10th win of the year. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||0||0||0||1||3||1||.266|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.291|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.337|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.272|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.264|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||2||2||1||0||0||1||.289|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.277|
|Dontrelle Willis, P||3||0||1||1||0||0||3||.111|
|Randy Messenger, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sergio Mitre, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|a- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.283|
|a-grounded out for Mitre in the 9th|
|3B - Dontrelle Willis (1, Lowe)|
|HR - Miguel Olivo (13, Carrara)|
|RBI - Miguel Olivo (43), Dontrelle Willis (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Olivo (15)|
|SB - Alfredo Amezaga (11, 2nd base off Lowe/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Cabrera-Jacobs|
|E - Sergio Mitre (1, )|
|Dontrelle Willis (L,7-10)||6.2||7||4||4||5||9||1||4.14|
|IBB - Martin by Dontrelle Willis, Furcal by Sergio Mitre|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 115-69, Randy Messenger 4-3, Sergio Mitre 20-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 6-5, Sergio Mitre 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 32, Randy Messenger 1, Sergio Mitre 5|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||3||1||0||0||2||1||0||.287|
|Julio Lugo, LF-3B||5||2||3||0||0||0||1||.301|
|Nomar Garciaparra, 1B||4||1||2||3||0||1||1||.331|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.260|
|J.D. Drew, RF||2||0||1||1||2||0||0||.278|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.278|
|Giovanni Carrara, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Russell Martin, C||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.300|
|Jason Repko, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.255|
|a- Olmedo Saenz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.302|
|Kenny Lofton, CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.313|
|Derek Lowe, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.063|
|b- Ramon Martinez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.296|
|Andre Ethier, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.344|
|a-struck out for Repko in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Lowe in the 7th|
|HR - Nomar Garciaparra (13, Willis)|
|RBI - Nomar Garciaparra 3 (62), J.D. Drew (65)|
|2-OUT RBI - J.D. Drew (19)|
|SB - Kenny Lofton (21, 2nd base off Mitre/Olivo)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra, Kent-Furcal-Garciaparra|
|E - Wilson Betemit (9, ), Rafael Furcal (22, ), Julio Lugo (16, )|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Derek Lowe (W,10-8)||7||4||1||1||2||2||0||3.97|
|Giovanni Carrara (S,1)||2||3||1||1||0||3||1||2.95|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 108-65, Giovanni Carrara 30-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 17-2, Giovanni Carrara 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 27, Giovanni Carrara 9|
|Attendance - 44749|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - James Hoye|