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L.A. Dodgers (59-55) «110000110015140
Cincinnati (49-65)120000100004110

Dodgers not only score, they beat Reds in 11th on Furcal homer

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- The Los Angeles Dodgers kept turning to an unlikely source for some much-needed punch, and it finally paid off with a win.

Leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal, who ended three innings with runners in scoring position, homered in the 11th and the Dodgers snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

"I was frustrated because I left so many runners on base," said Furcal, who left a total of four runners in scoring position with a strikeout, a popup and a groundout. "I concentrated a little more in that last at-bat. I got a pitch down the middle. I don't know what it was, but I got a good swing on it. It made me very excited because of the way we've been playing."

Furcal's fifth homer of the season came off Victor Santos (1-4) and helped Los Angeles avoid a three-game sweep. The Dodgers went 28 innings without scoring before pushing across a run in the first. They were shut out in their previous three games and four of their past five.

Los Angeles manager Grady Little suspects the comeback win could jump-start his lethargic team.

"I'm sure something like that can get us started," Little said. "We've been through it before, but you can't get ahead of yourself. You can't play tomorrow's ballgame, or yesterday's. You have to play the game today."

Reds interim manager Pete Mackanin didn't expect Los Angeles to go the entire series without scoring.

"That's one of those games that got away," he said. "You look at the series, we take two out of three. It would've been nice to sweep, but they were due to snap out of it."

Delwyn Young went 4-for-4 in his second major league start for Los Angeles. He left with cramping in his calves after legging out a double in the eighth.

Scott Proctor (1-0) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings for his first National League win after being acquired from the New York Yankees on July 31.

Takashi Saito pitched the 11th for his 28th save in 31 opportunities. He induced Alex Gonzalez to ground into a game-ending double play.

Gonzalez followed Edwin Encarnacion's single in the second inning with his 16th homer, giving the Reds a 3-2 lead. The Dodgers tied it on Olmedo Saenz's sacrifice fly in the seventh off reliever Eddie Guardado, making his first appearance of the season. The left-hander, who had reconstructive surgery on his elbow last September, hadn't pitched in the majors since Aug. 19.

Guardado's failure cost Cincinnati rookie Phil Dumatrait his first career win. The left-hander, who lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his major league debut on Aug. 2, allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings.

"For the first couple of innings I still had some butterflies, but I calmed down and I thought I threw some quality pitches," Dumatrait said. "I definitely threw a lot of quality off-speed pitches. I even threw some changeups and curves when I was behind in the count -- kept them off-balance. I felt like today was a step in the right direction."

The Reds regained the lead when Norris Hopper scored on Joe Beimel's balk in the seventh, but Los Angeles tied the game again in the eighth against Jared Burton when pinch-runner Andre Ethier scored from second on Ramon Martinez's single.

Los Angeles' Brett Tomko lasted six innings against his former team. The right-hander gave up three runs and six hits.

"I wish I could take back that slider I hung (to Gonzalez)," Tomko said. "He just as easily could have popped it up, and I would have told you what a good pitch it was."

The Dodgers ended their scoreless streak in the first. They loaded the bases with none out and Jeff Kent hit a sacrifice fly.

The Reds tied it in the bottom half when Hopper scored from third on Brandon Phillips' groundout. Los Angeles regained a one-run lead in the second on Martinez's sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani stopped by Great American Ball Park during the game. The former New York City mayor was making a campaign fundraising stop in Cincinnati.
  • Cincinnati's Jeff Keppinger made his first career start in left field, giving Adam Dunn a rest.
  • Dodgers first baseman Saenz snapped an 0-for-15 slump with a first-inning single.
  • The Reds optioned RHP Todd Coffey to Triple-A Louisville to make room for OF Jason Ellison, who was claimed off waivers from Seattle.
  • Dunn was ejected while arguing with plate umpire Paul Emmel after taking strike three as a pinch hitter in the ninth.
 
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Rafael Furcal points to the sky as he crosses the plate after his go-ahead, 11th-inning homer.  (AP)
Rafael Furcal points to the sky as he crosses the plate after his go-ahead, 11th-inning homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Furcal
AB 5
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5211116 .280
Russell Martin, C6030010 .299
Olmedo Saenz, 1B3011001 .182
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   a- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000010 .279
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Lieberthal, PH1000010 .255
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Jeff Kent, 2B4001002 .297
Matt Kemp, RF5010012 .317
Delwyn Young, LF4140000 .545
    Andre Ethier, PR-LF1100001 .296
Juan Pierre, CF5010004 .278
Ramon Martinez, 3B3012112 .182
Brett Tomko, P1000011 .000
   c- Nomar Garciaparra, PH1110000 .281
    James Loney, 1B2010000 .323
Totals42514527  
a-struck out for Broxton in the 9th
b-struck out for Proctor in the 11th
c-singled for Tomko in the 7th
Batting
2B - Russell Martin (27, Guardado), Delwyn Young (1, Burton), Juan Pierre (16, Dumatrait)
HR - Rafael Furcal (5, Santos)
SF - Olmedo Saenz (4), Jeff Kent (3), Ramon Martinez (2)
SH - Brett Tomko (4)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (38), Olmedo Saenz (15), Jeff Kent (60), Ramon Martinez 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Martinez (7)
SB - Matt Kemp (4, 2nd base off Santos/Valentin)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Loney, Kent-Furcal-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brett Tomko 6633131 5.49
Rudy Seanez 0.2211000 4.00
Joe Beimel 0.1000010 3.94
Jonathan Broxton 1100100 2.47
Scott Proctor (W,3-5) 2100020 3.48
Takashi Saito (S,28) 1100000 1.44
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 87-56, Rudy Seanez 14-8, Joe Beimel 6-3, Jonathan Broxton 15-8, Scott Proctor 24-17, Takashi Saito 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 8-7, Jonathan Broxton 2-0, Scott Proctor 2-2, Takashi Saito 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 25, Rudy Seanez 4, Joe Beimel 1, Jonathan Broxton 4, Scott Proctor 7, Takashi Saito 3
Cincinnati Reds
Norris Hopper, CF5230000 .296
Jeff Keppinger, LF5030001 .351
Ken Griffey Jr., RF5000022 .270
Brandon Phillips, 2B5011000 .275
Scott Hatteberg, 1B5000012 .300
Javier Valentin, C3010200 .273
    Jason Ellison, PR0000000 .283
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5120003 .268
Alex Gonzalez, SS5112002 .262
Phil Dumatrait, P2000020 .000
    Eddie Guardado, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Bellhorn, PH1000000 .200
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
   b- Adam Dunn, PH1000010 .260
    Victor Santos, P0000000 .000
Totals42411326  
a-flied out for Guardado in the 7th
b-struck out for Stanton in the 9th
Batting
HR - Alex Gonzalez (16, Tomko)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (66), Alex Gonzalez 2 (49)
SB - Norris Hopper (8, 2nd base off Proctor/Martin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-B. Phillips-Hatteberg
Cincinnati Reds
Phil Dumatrait 6722230 7.71
Eddie Guardado (BS,1) 1211000 9.00
Jared Burton (BS,1) 0.2211000 3.68
Mike Stanton 1.1100010 4.83
Victor Santos (L,1-4) 2211031 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Dumatrait 90-56, Eddie Guardado 16-11, Jared Burton 9-7, Mike Stanton 13-10, Victor Santos 33-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Dumatrait 5-9, Eddie Guardado 1-2, Jared Burton 1-1, Mike Stanton 1-2, Victor Santos 1-2
Batters Faced - Phil Dumatrait 26, Eddie Guardado 5, Jared Burton 4, Mike Stanton 5, Victor Santos 8
Game Information
Attendance - 25965
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa