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Ethier hits 3-run shot as Dodgers come from behind vs. Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field was rocking in anticipation of a Cubs' victory. Then Andre Ethier tuned out the noise, turned off the crowd and sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to a stunning victory.

Ethier connected on a three-run, pinch-homer in the ninth off closer Ryan Dempster, and the Dodgers used a four-run rally to beat the Cubs 7-4.

"Take, for instance, the bleachers out there. Everyone out there is having a good time enjoying the party, and then all of a sudden something like that happens," Ethier said.

"The stadium is still filled, but it's like everybody left. It really changes the complexion, the way the game is going and the way it had been up to that point. It takes life not only out of the crowd, but also their team."

Alfonso Soriano hit two homers for the Cubs, including a three-run drive in the seventh that put Chicago ahead 4-2. But it wasn't enough to avoid a deflating defeat that dropped the Cubs into a first-place tie with idle Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Dodgers took three of four in the series and closed within 3½ games of NL West-leading Arizona.

Matt Kemp's homer off reliever Bob Howry closed the gap to 4-3 in the eighth, and the Dodgers took the lead in the ninth against Dempster (2-5), who blew a save for the third time in 28 chances.

"These are big games. That was a tough loss," said Dempster, who was booed when he was removed from the game. "We battled back and got the lead, they hit a couple of balls in the right spot and then I gave up the homer. As tough as it comes, right there."

Dempster, who had converted 13 straight save chances, was tagged for four runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning.

"I didn't put guys away, and that's what you are supposed to do in that situation. For whatever reason, I left some pitches up and they hit them," he said. "They hit good pitches but mostly mistakes and I made too many of them."

Russell Martin singled past first to start the rally, and James Loney followed with another single off Derrek Lee's glove at first. Ethier followed with a drive over the wall in left-center for a 6-4 lead, and the Dodgers added a run on Michael Wuertz's wild pitch that allowed Rafael Furcal to come home.

Ethier was running hard, figuring he had a double off the wall. The ball kept carrying and cleared it for his 11th homer of the season.

"I looked up at the umpire, and he is signaling home run," Ethier said. "I had my head down running trying to get to second base. Luckily the wind was blowing out there and helped it out a little bit more."

Dodgers manager Grady Little said the wind picked up in the later innings and was a factor. But he wasn't complaining. At the first pitch, it was blowing out at 12 mph.

"That flag kind of turned around in that seventh and eighth inning pretty good, and any ball had a chance. And that one made it," Little said. "Every game is important for us now. We have no time to waste to get the job done."

Joe Beimel (4-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief, and Takashi Saito got three outs for his 37th save in 40 chances

Cubs starter Jason Marquis retired his first 14 batters and allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings on a muggy day. Dodgers starter Derek Lowe gave up three runs, five hits and five walks in six innings.

Soriano hit his seventh leadoff homer this season and 39th of his career but Lowe escaped a big inning, thanks to a nice throw from catcher Russell Martin, who sat out Wednesday's game with a sprained knee.

One out after Soriano's homer, Lee singled and Daryle Ward walked. Martin fired to first to pick off Ward for the second out of the inning, and another walk to Mark DeRosa followed before Lowe struck out Jacque Jones. The Cubs also had first and third with two outs in the fourth before Marquis bounced out.

Loney homered to tied the score in the fifth and doubled for a 2-1 lead in the seventh. Soriano hit a three-run homer in the bottom half off Jonathan Broxton, who had given up only one homer in 71 2/3 innings this season.

Soriano leads the Cubs with 22 homers.

"I felt very comfortable at the plate," Soriano said. "I felt good about how I swung the bat, but we lost the game."

Notes

  • Martin, who hurt his knee trying to score on a fly ball Tuesday night, underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday. He tested the knee in the outfield and bullpen before the game Thursday and was given the go-ahead.
  • The Cubs finished their homestand at 5-5.
  • Soriano now has 18 career multihomer games, including three this season.
  • It was Ethier's second career pinch-homer. He also hit one against the Cubs on May 27 to tie the game in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium.
 
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Andre Ethier 'takes life out of the crowd' with this three-run, pinch-homer in the ninth inning.  (AP)
Andre Ethier 'takes life out of the crowd' with this three-run, pinch-homer in the ninth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Soriano
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5100002 .274
Juan Pierre, CF4010000 .291
Matt Kemp, RF5111013 .339
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000010 .279
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Russell Martin, C4220010 .298
James Loney, 1B4132010 .314
    Wilson Valdez, PR0100000 .236
    Ramon Martinez, 3B0000000 .185
Andy LaRoche, 3B3000011 .196
   a- Andre Ethier, PH-LF1113000 .290
Tony Abreu, 2B3010100 .289
Derek Lowe, P2000002 .113
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   b- Mark Sweeney, PH-1B1010000 .255
Totals36710615  
a-homered for LaRoche in the 9th
b-singled for Beimel in the 9th
Batting
2B - James Loney (15, Marquis)
HR - Matt Kemp (10, Howry), James Loney (7, Marquis), Andre Ethier (11, Dempster)
SH - Derek Lowe (6)
RBI - Matt Kemp (36), James Loney 2 (42), Andre Ethier 3 (58)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (12), James Loney (10)
SB - Rafael Furcal (17, 2nd base off Dempster/Kendall), Juan Pierre (56, 2nd base off Wuertz/Kendall)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - LaRoche-Abreu-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe 6533551 3.80
Jonathan Broxton (BS,4) 0.1211001 2.25
Joe Beimel (W,4-1) 1.2000010 3.94
Takashi Saito (S,37) 1000020 1.29
HBP - Ramirez (by Joe Beimel)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 96-55, Jonathan Broxton 9-6, Joe Beimel 17-13, Takashi Saito 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 10-2, Jonathan Broxton 1-0, Joe Beimel 2-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 27, Jonathan Broxton 3, Joe Beimel 5, Takashi Saito 3
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF5224020 .299
Ryan Theriot, SS5010010 .282
Derrek Lee, 1B3020111 .311
Daryle Ward, RF2000102 .337
   a- Aramis Ramirez, PH0000000 .317
    Ronny Cedeno, PR0000000 .111
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
Mark DeRosa, 3B3000101 .291
Jacque Jones, CF-RF4000022 .265
Jason Kendall, C3000100 .243
Mike Fontenot, 2B4120010 .283
Jason Marquis, P2000002 .145
   b- Cliff Floyd, PH0000100 .287
    Sam Fuld, PR-RF0100000 .000
    Felix Pie, CF1000010 .213
Totals3247458  
a-hit by pitch for Ward in the 7th
b-walked for Marquis in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Theriot (29, Lowe)
HR - Alfonso Soriano 2 (22, Lowe, Broxton)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 4 (49)
PK - Daryle Ward (2, Lowe)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago Cubs
Jason Marquis 7422141 4.13
Bob Howry (H,19) 1111001 3.63
Ryan Dempster (BS,3; L,2-5) 0.2544001 3.88
Michael Wuertz 0.1000010 3.64
IBB - Abreu by Jason Marquis
HBP - Pierre (by Jason Marquis)
WP - Michael Wuertz (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 91-59, Bob Howry 10-7, Ryan Dempster 28-22, Michael Wuertz 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 9-8, Ryan Dempster 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 27, Bob Howry 4, Ryan Dempster 7, Michael Wuertz 1
Game Information
Attendance - 39397
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Joe West