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Clark gives Dodgers win with RBI double in 17th inning

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- The lights came on as afternoon faded to evening, and the longest game in the majors this season turned on an error by a third-string catcher who was playing first base.

Wilson Valdez scoring an unearned go-ahead run on Brady Clark's double with two outs in the 17th and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 on Sunday.

The Dodgers took two of three from San Diego, and have beaten the two-time defending NL West champion Padres four times in six games this year.

Looking at it another way, it was one inning short of being the equivalent of a four-game series.

"It was just one of those games," said Clark, who played at the University of San Diego. "It's huge to get that win right there. You play a game that long, if you don't win it, you'd have some miserable people."

Less than 24 hours earlier, the teams blew threw a two-hour, four-minute game won by Greg Maddux and the Padres, 3-2.

Both bullpens were absolutely lights-out, and the game might have gone longer if not for Pete Laforest's fielding error in the 17th.

Valdez reached on a one-out bunt when Laforest reached for a high throw from catcher Rob Bowen and had it hit off the top of his glove. Laforest replaced Adrian Gonzalez during a double-switch three innings earlier.

"I just tried to reach a little bit more," Laforest said. "The ball just rose on me and I couldn't reach any more."

With two outs, Clark doubled into the left-field corner off rookie Justin Hampson to bring in Valdez. Clark was fooled by a curveball, then got enough of another curve.

"My thought was just get a good pitch to hit," Clark said. "It wasn't exactly a great pitch to hit, but it worked. Sometimes it happens."

The previous longest game in the majors was Wednesday, when Pittsburgh beat Houston 4-3 in 16 innings, a game that lasted four hours and 48 minutes. The Dodgers-Padres game took 4:55.

The previous longest game at Petco Park in innings was a 16-inning, 5-4 win over Arizona on April 29, 2005. The longest by time was a loss to Oakland last June 29 that took 4:42 and 14 innings.

Until the 17th, the Dodgers hadn't scored in 14 1/3 innings, since Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez hit consecutive home runs off David Wells with one out in the third to take a 4-1 lead.

Clark had been 0-for-5 with two walks before becoming the last Dodgers' starter to get a hit.

San Diego, meanwhile, had just one hit and four baserunners in the final 10 innings, a two-out single by Gonzalez in the 13th.

The Padres tied it at 4-4 in the seventh on Marcus Giles' one-out single that scored Geoff Blum.

By the end, maybe a quarter of the sellout crowd of 44,028 was left.

"You get a game going along like that one was, it says a lot for both teams' bullpens," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "Those runs are hard to come by out there when you get those guys throwing like they were throwing."

The Dodgers stranded 15 runners. They left the bases loaded in the 13th, and had runners on first and second with two outs in the 12th. In the 10th, they had runners on first and second and none out before Cla Meredith, a sidearmer who hasn't allowed a run in 13 innings this season, retired the side.

"I know a lot of guys in here are frustrated with a game like that," Clark said. "We had some opportunities that we squandered. But the thing is, both sides are tired and you've got to keep pushing, keep pushing."

Chad Billingsley (2-0) pitched two innings for the win. Hampson (0-1) worked the final four innings.

Trevor Hoffman and Scott Linebrink weren't available to pitch, so Hampson was going to have to go as long as necessary.

"I kind of got that feeling," the lefty said. "There was no help coming from the pen."

Giles and Jose Cruz Jr., the first two batters in San Diego's order, each had three hits and an RBI. Giles scored two runs and Cruz scored once. Giles left in the ninth with a bruised rib cage, sustained while breaking up a double play in the seventh.

Derek Lowe got his 1,000th career strikeout but ended up with a no-decision after he couldn't hold a 4-1 lead. He allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 /3 innings, with three strikeouts and two walks.

Wells lasted only five innings, allowing four runs and nine hits. He struck out three and walked none.

The Dodgers went ahead 4-1 with one out in the third when Kent homered to center on a 1-0 pitch followed by Gonzalez's shot into the seats in right on a 1-1 pitch. It was Kent's second and Gonzalez's fourth.

The Padres pulled to 4-3 when Lowe allowed three straight hits to open the third. Marcus Giles hit a leadoff single and scored on Cruz's triple. Brian Giles then doubled in Cruz.

Notes

  • Andre Ethier's comebacker in the 11th knocked off Meredith's glove, but the pitcher grabbed the ball and threw to first to end the inning.
  • Padres RHP Jake Peavy faces Washington at home Monday night in his first start since tying his club record with 16 strikeouts Wednesday night at Arizona. Peavy left with a 2-0 lead but the Diamondbacks rallied against San Diego's bullpen, winning 3-2 on Stephen Drew's two-run homer off Hoffman.
  • With three sellouts, the Padres set a three-game series attendance record of 130,448.
 
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Wilson Valdez beats catcher Rob Bowen in the 17th to give the Dodgers the lead, and eventually the win.  (AP)
Wilson Valdez beats catcher Rob Bowen in the 17th to give the Dodgers the lead, and eventually the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

M. Giles
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

N. Garciaparra
AB 8
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS7120103 .208
    Chad Billingsley, P0000000 .000
Juan Pierre, CF7120115 .282
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B8030013 .316
Jeff Kent, 2B7121114 .326
Luis Gonzalez, LF3111001 .274
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1000002 .231
    Chin-Hui Tsao, P0000000 .000
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000002 .188
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Lieberthal, PH1000001 .100
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Wilson Valdez, SS1100000 .275
Russell Martin, C8021016 .314
Brady Clark, RF-LF6011223 .286
Ramon Martinez, 3B7020011 .211
Derek Lowe, P2010001 .222
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Andre Ethier, RF4000013 .232
Totals63516458  
a-popped out for Broxton in the 10th
b-popped out for Tsao in the 12th
c-popped out for Seanez in the 14th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (3, Wells), Brady Clark (4, Hampson)
HR - Jeff Kent (2, Wells), Luis Gonzalez (4, Wells)
SH - Ramon Martinez (1), Derek Lowe (2)
RBI - Jeff Kent (17), Luis Gonzalez (11), Russell Martin (18), Brady Clark (4)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Martin (6), Brady Clark (2)
SB - Juan Pierre 2 (12, 3rd base off Wells/Bard, 2nd base off K. Cameron/Bowen)
CS - Brady Clark (2, 2nd base by Hampson/Bowen)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
DP - Lowe-Furcal-Garciaparra
E - Ramon Martinez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe 6.1844230 4.62
Joe Beimel 1000000 2.77
Jonathan Broxton 1.2000100 0.66
Chin-Hui Tsao 2000010 0.00
Rudy Seanez 2100020 3.46
Takashi Saito 2000020 1.42
Chad Billingsley (W,2-0) 2000140 5.93
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 80-50, Joe Beimel 4-3, Jonathan Broxton 19-11, Chin-Hui Tsao 6-4, Rudy Seanez 12-10, Takashi Saito 19-13, Chad Billingsley 37-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 13-2, Joe Beimel 2-1, Jonathan Broxton 4-1, Chin-Hui Tsao 1-4, Rudy Seanez 3-1, Takashi Saito 3-1, Chad Billingsley 2-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 28, Joe Beimel 3, Jonathan Broxton 6, Chin-Hui Tsao 6, Rudy Seanez 7, Takashi Saito 6, Chad Billingsley 8
San Diego Padres
Marcus Giles, 2B4231000 .327
   a- Kevin Kouzmanoff, PH-3B4000023 .119
Jose Cruz Jr., LF7131021 .361
Brian Giles, RF7011012 .298
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6011012 .308
    Justin Hampson, P1000000 .000
Khalil Greene, SS6000112 .265
Josh Bard, C5000001 .289
    Kevin Cameron, P0000000 .000
    Pete Laforest, 1B2000010 .313
Mike Cameron, CF7000010 .190
Geoff Blum, 3B-2B5110200 .094
David Wells, P2000011 .000
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
   b- Oscar Robles, PH0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   c- Terrmel Sledge, PH0000100 .222
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
    Rob Bowen, C3000022 .204
Totals59494412  
a-grounded out for Giles in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Brocail in the 7th
c-walked for Bell in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Giles (6, Lowe)
3B - Jose Cruz Jr. (2, Lowe)
SH - Oscar Robles (1)
RBI - Marcus Giles (14), Jose Cruz Jr. (8), Brian Giles (9), Adrian Gonzalez (25)
SB - Mike Cameron (2, 2nd base off Billingsley/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Giles-Gonzalez, Gonzalez-Greene-Giles, Blum-Greene-Laforest
PB - Rob Bowen (1)
E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (2, Misplayed grounder), Pete Laforest (1, Missed catch of throw), David Wells (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
David Wells 5944032 6.23
Doug Brocail 2100000 1.35
Heath Bell 2000120 0.57
Cla Meredith 2200000 0.00
Kevin Cameron 2100330 0.00
Justin Hampson (L,0-1) 4310100 3.00
IBB - Kent by Kevin Cameron
HBP - Gonzalez (by David Wells)
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 82-56, Doug Brocail 24-16, Heath Bell 25-18, Cla Meredith 19-14, Kevin Cameron 45-26, Justin Hampson 55-34
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 5-6, Doug Brocail 4-1, Heath Bell 3-1, Cla Meredith 4-2, Kevin Cameron 1-3, Justin Hampson 4-7
Batters Faced - David Wells 24, Doug Brocail 6, Heath Bell 7, Cla Meredith 8, Kevin Cameron 11, Justin Hampson 15
Game Information
Attendance - 44028
Game Time - 4:55
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jim Joyce