Los Angeles at Tampa Bay

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Devil Rays 4, Dodgers 3

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dioner Navarro made his old team pay with a rare home run.

Navarro hit a tiebreaking solo shot in the seventh inning as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Saturday night.

"I was pretty excited because it was against my old team and it was my first in a long time," Navarro said.

Navarro, mired in a 2-for-34 slump, homered off Randy Wolf for his first home run since last Sept. 4. The catcher was obtained by the Devil Rays from Los Angeles in a four-player deal last June.

"I think that's one of two ways to get out of a slump ... a broken bat single or a home run," Navarro said. "It's been tough for the past couple weeks for me, but there's nothing I can do about it except keep working hard to get back on a good pace."

Navarro snapped a 216 at-bat long-ball drought with his 10th career homer.

"It definitely makes him feel better about himself," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "I really like his tenacity. He doesn't make any excuses. He's battling through adversity on the major league level, which eventually is going to make him a better major league baseball player."

Wolf (8-6) had given up just one homer in his previous nine starts. The left-hander gave up four runs and 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings.

"I left a couple of pitches up over the plate that they hurt me with," Wolf said. "We didn't win today so you can't really walk away with any good feelings."

Akinori Iwamura also homered for Tampa Bay, which won for the third time in the last 10 games.

Juan Pierre capped a three-run sixth for the Dodgers with a squeeze bunt off Scott Kazmir that tied it at 3-all. Andre Ethier drove in a run with a double and Rafael Furcal had an RBI infield single.

Kazmir allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked five during a 116-pitch outing. The left-hander is winless in 13 starts at home -- including three losses -- since a two-hit shutout victory over Boston last July 3.

"Five walks just isn't going to cut it," Kazmir said.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the fourth, fifth and seventh, but were kept off the scoreboard each time. In the seventh, reliever Jay Witasick induced a double play from Matt Kemp after allowing the first three batters to reach base. Casey Fossum (5-6) reloaded the bases with a walk before retiring Tony Abreu on a flyball.

Gary Glover worked a scoreless eighth, and Al Reyes stranded runners on first and third in the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

The Dodgers stranded 15 runners in the game, which tied a season-high. They drew nine walks, but just one resulted in a run.

"That is too many people to leave on base and think you might win a game," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said.

Iwamura hit his second leadoff homer in the past four games and Ty Wigginton had a sacrifice fly to put the Devil Rays up 2-0 in the first.

Los Angeles loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but failed to score when Ethier hit into a double play. The Dodgers also wasted a bases-loaded, two-out situation one inning later when Olmedo Saenz flew out to right.

Carl Crawford made it 3-0 on a fifth-inning sacrifice fly.

Notes

The Dodgers wore vintage 1950's Brooklyn uniforms, while Tampa Bay played in the uniform of the 1950's St. Petersburg Saints from the Florida State League. ... Former Dodgers Duke Snider, Johnny Podres and Carl Erskine joined Devil Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer in throwing ceremonial first pitches. ... Los Angeles 1B Nomar Garciaparra didn't play due to flulike symptoms. ... Tampa Bay pitching coach Jim Hickey is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday for a detached retina, the result of being struck by a golf ball. He will be replaced by minor league pitching coordinator Dick Bosman for a road series at Cleveland next weekend. ... Russell Martin stole his 13th base this year, breaking Johnny Roseboro's Los Angeles Dodgers team record for catchers (12 in 1962) in a single season. Con Daily has the franchise record of 18, set in 1892.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

A. Iwamura
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5021022 .277
Juan Pierre, CF4011001 .274
Russell Martin, C4010104 .290
Jeff Kent, 2B4010132 .266
Olmedo Saenz, DH2010203 .230
    Marlon Anderson, PR-DH1000000 .240
James Loney, 1B4120101 .417
Matt Kemp, RF3110202 .426
Andre Ethier, LF4121102 .280
Tony Abreu, 3B2000115 .267
   a- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000012 .290
Totals34311397  
a-struck out for Abreu in the 9th
Batting
2B - Olmedo Saenz (4, Witasick), Andre Ethier (13, Kazmir)
3B - James Loney (1, Kazmir)
SH - Juan Pierre (8)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (27), Juan Pierre (15), Andre Ethier (30)
SB - Russell Martin (13, 2nd base off Glover/Navarro)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
DP - Loney-Furcal
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf (L,8-6) 6.21044252 4.32
Brett Tomko 1.1000010 5.67
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 112-69, Brett Tomko 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 5-9, Brett Tomko 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 31, Brett Tomko 4
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B4221001 .318
Brendan Harris, SS2110100 .312
Carl Crawford, LF3021001 .300
Ty Wigginton, 2B3011001 .276
Delmon Young, CF4010013 .276
Jonny Gomes, RF4020012 .282
Carlos Pena, 1B4000023 .296
Jorge Cantu, DH3000121 .250
Dioner Navarro, C3111001 .172
Totals30410426  
Batting
2B - Akinori Iwamura (8, Wolf), Brendan Harris (14, Wolf), Jonny Gomes (7, Wolf)
HR - Akinori Iwamura (3, Wolf), Dioner Navarro (1, Wolf)
SF - Carl Crawford (1), Ty Wigginton (4)
SH - Brendan Harris (3)
RBI - Akinori Iwamura (12), Carl Crawford (46), Ty Wigginton (36), Dioner Navarro (11)
SB - Carl Crawford (20, 3rd base off Wolf/Martin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Wigginton-Harris-Pena, Iwamura-Navarro-Pena, Pena
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir 6733550 4.13
Jay Witasick 0.2100200 4.66
Casey Fossum (W,5-6) 0.1000100 7.16
Gary Glover (H,5) 1200010 4.78
Al Reyes (S,17) 1100110 3.16
IBB - Loney by Jay Witasick
HBP - Abreu (by Scott Kazmir)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 116-68, Jay Witasick 13-3, Casey Fossum 8-4, Gary Glover 14-9, Al Reyes 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 5-7, Jay Witasick 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 30, Jay Witasick 4, Casey Fossum 2, Gary Glover 4, Al Reyes 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24068
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Adam Dowdy, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dale Scott