Los Angeles at Houston

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L.A. Dodgers (38-44) «201111000017100
Houston (40-43)100003200006101

Kent goes yard in 11th to break tie, Dodgers edge 'Stros

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HOUSTON -- The Los Angeles Dodgers finally found some offense and a way to beat the Houston Astros.

Jeff Kent homered off Wesley Wright in the 11th inning to give the Dodgers, who blew a five-run lead, a 7-6 victory Tuesday night.

Kent also had an RBI double and Russell Martin hit a two-run homer as the Dodgers needed to match their highest run total since June 19 to beat the Astros for the first time in five meetings this season.

Los Angeles had scored one run or fewer in five of its previous seven games.

"We had some good at-bats and finally put some runs on the board for our pitching staff," said Martin, who went 3-for-5.

Chan Ho Park (4-2) got Lance Berkman to fly out to end the ninth, then pitched a scoreless 10th. After Kent homered off Wright (3-3), Takashi Saito pitched a perfect 11th for his 13th save.

"Every time you're up by five runs and a team battles back and scores some runs, it's always tough," Martin said. "There's not many wins that come easily."

Ty Wigginton hit a three-run homer and Carlos Lee tied the game with a two-run double, but the Astros couldn't overcome a rare poor home start from Wandy Rodriguez.

The Dodgers scored five runs off Rodriguez, who came in with a 2.64 ERA at Minute Maid Park in 21 starts over the last two seasons.

"I had a lot of problems locating," Rodriguez said. "My breaking ball was not what it usually is. Today was a bad day."

Martin added an RBI single in the sixth off Oscar Villareal to put the Dodgers up 6-1.

Wigginton launched the Astros' comeback with a three-run homer in the sixth off Brian Falkenborg, ruining a strong start from rookie Clayton Kershaw.

The 20-year-old left-hander gave up three runs and six hits in his eighth career start. He was denied a decision for the fourth time in five outings when Lee tied the game at 6 with a two-run double in the seventh off Jonathan Broxton.

"I was just glad I pitched good," Kershaw said. "Statistically it won't look good. But I pitched better, I pitched kind of the way I want to and we got the win."

The Dodgers equaled their run total from the previous three games on Martin's two-run homer in the first inning. Michael Bourn led off the Houston first with his sixth double of the season and Hunter Pence followed with an RBI single.

In the second, Luis Maza smacked Astros catcher Humberto Quintero in the helmet with his bat as he finished his swing on a flyout.

Quintero lay motionless as trainer Dave Labossiere and manager Cecil Cooper came out to check on him. Quintero needed help leaving the field and was replaced by Brad Ausmus.

The Astros said Quintero suffered a concussion and was taken to a hospital. Tests were negative, but the Astros placed Quintero on the 15-day disabled list after the game and recalled J.R. Towles from Triple-A Round Rock.

"It's really unfortunate," Cooper said. "He's been playing terrific. His game-calling and his throwing and he's even started to hit."

The Dodgers stretched the lead to 5-1, chasing Rodriguez after five innings. Rodriguez's five earned runs and four walks matched season highs.

"He didn't have his best stuff, but you're not going to every time out," Ausmus said. "He still battled. It just wasn't his day."

Martin's RBI single off Villareal gave the Dodgers at least six runs for the second time in 11 games.

Falkenborg relieved Kershaw with two outs and two men aboard in the sixth. Wigginton then homered over the right-field wall, just out of Andre Ethier's reach. It was the first run allowed by the Dodgers' bullpen in 15 2/3 innings.

Hong-Chih Kuo relieved in the seventh and walked Bourn with one out. Broxton relieved and walked Berkman before Lee doubled off the left-field scoreboard to tie the game.

The Astros didn't come close to scoring again and the Dodgers snapped a three-game losing streak in extra-inning games.

"It would have been very devastating (to lose)," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "There was a lot of noise in that dugout. The need to win the game was there."

Notes

  • Kemp started in center field and led off one day after Juan Pierre went on the DL with a knee injury. Jason Repko was called up from the minors to take Pierre's roster spot and went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts on Monday.
  • RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-6) will start for the Dodgers on Wednesday. Kuroda has been on the DL since June 13 with a sore shoulder.
  • An Astros starter allowed more than three earned runs for just the third time in 15 games.
 
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Good move by Joe Torre. When Jeff Kent comes through, make sure to go out and shake his hand.  (AP)
Good move by Joe Torre. When Jeff Kent comes through, make sure to go out and shake his hand. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

C. Lee
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp, CF4011211 .283
Delwyn Young, LF5100124 .271
    Angel Berroa, SS0000000 .183
Russell Martin, C5333100 .312
Jeff Kent, 2B4122202 .261
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
James Loney, 1B6021012 .303
Andy LaRoche, 3B3000113 .200
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .286
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1000001 .095
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Repko, PH-LF1000000 .000
Andre Ethier, RF5110002 .269
Luis Maza, SS-2B4110113 .250
Clayton Kershaw, P1000011 .000
    Brian Falkenborg, P0000000 .000
    Blake DeWitt, 3B2000011 .261
Totals41710788  
a-popped out for Broxton in the 9th
b-grounded out for Park in the 11th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp (19, Rodriguez), Russell Martin (15, Rodriguez), Jeff Kent (12, Rodriguez), Luis Maza (1, Wright)
HR - Russell Martin (9, Rodriguez), Jeff Kent (9, Wright)
SH - Clayton Kershaw 2 (3)
RBI - Matt Kemp (44), Russell Martin 3 (40), Jeff Kent 2 (36), James Loney (42)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (20), Russell Martin (13)
SB - Matt Kemp (17, 3rd base off Villarreal/Ausmus), Russell Martin (8, 2nd base off Villarreal/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Maza-Kent-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw 5.2633240 4.42
Brian Falkenborg 0.1111001 2.70
Hong-Chih Kuo (H,3) 0.1011110 1.94
Jonathan Broxton (BS,5) 1.2111110 3.57
Joe Beimel 0.2000000 1.05
Chan Ho Park (W,4-2) 1.1200000 2.45
Takashi Saito (S,13) 1000010 2.34
IBB - Berkman by Jonathan Broxton
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 90-55, Brian Falkenborg 5-3, Hong-Chih Kuo 13-7, Jonathan Broxton 18-13, Joe Beimel 9-5, Chan Ho Park 17-12, Takashi Saito 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 6-6, Brian Falkenborg 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 3-1, Chan Ho Park 2-2, Takashi Saito 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 24, Brian Falkenborg 2, Hong-Chih Kuo 2, Jonathan Broxton 7, Joe Beimel 2, Chan Ho Park 6, Takashi Saito 3
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF5210101 .228
Hunter Pence, RF5021010 .269
Lance Berkman, 1B3200212 .361
Carlos Lee, LF5042011 .287
Miguel Tejada, SS5110005 .289
Mark Loretta, 2B5010003 .257
Ty Wigginton, 3B5113012 .269
Humberto Quintero, C0000000 .244
    Brad Ausmus, C4000110 .211
Wandy Rodriguez, P1000001 .053
   a- Reggie Abercrombie, PH1000010 .273
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .250
   b- David Newhan, PH1000010 .250
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
   c- Darin Erstad, PH1000000 .300
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   d- Geoff Blum, PH1000000 .230
Totals42610647  
a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 5th
b-struck out for Byrdak in the 7th
c-flied out for Geary in the 9th
d-flied out for Wright in the 11th
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (6, Kershaw), Carlos Lee (24, Broxton)
HR - Ty Wigginton (6, Falkenborg)
RBI - Hunter Pence (41), Carlos Lee 2 (64), Ty Wigginton 3 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee 2 (31), Ty Wigginton 3 (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Loretta-Berkman
E - Mark Loretta (3, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez 5655451 3.08
Oscar Villarreal 1111200 5.02
Tim Byrdak 1000100 1.78
Geoff Geary 2100020 2.97
Wesley Wright (L,3-3) 2211111 5.22
IBB - Kemp by Wesley Wright
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 93-57, Oscar Villarreal 22-10, Tim Byrdak 15-8, Geoff Geary 34-23, Wesley Wright 36-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 5-5, Oscar Villarreal 2-1, Tim Byrdak 2-1, Wesley Wright 3-2
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 25, Oscar Villarreal 6, Tim Byrdak 4, Geoff Geary 7, Wesley Wright 9
Game Information
Attendance - 31914
Game Time - 3:56
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom