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Belliard crushes slam as Dodgers rout Giants

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LOS ANGELES -- Jon Garland was worried about being accepted by his new teammates after a late-season trade to the Dodgers. They're more than happy to have him now.

Ronnie Belliard hit a grand slam, Matt Kemp and James Loney added back-to-back drives off former teammate Brad Penny and Los Angeles routed the San Francisco Giants 12-1 on Saturday.

 Playoff Race

Garland (11-11) gave up an unearned run and seven hits in eight innings, tying his longest outing of the season. The right-hander is unbeaten in his last six starts, four of those with the Dodgers after he was acquired from Arizona on Aug. 31.

"It's nice to pitch a game and not have to worry," he said. "I'm starting to be part of this team a little more each day. They put in so much work since the beginning of spring training. Then to get new players in September, I've been on the other side of that and it's weird."

Garland is 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in his four starts with the Dodgers.

"He had command of all his pitches and was working off the edges," catcher Russell Martin said. "He really didn't make any mistakes."

The Dodgers, who lost the series opener 8-4 on Friday night, began the day with a five-game lead over Colorado in the NL West. The Giants were 2½ back of the wild card-leading Rockies before Saturday's games.

The Dodgers' victory reduced their magic number to six for clinching their third postseason berth in four years.

"We got Jon a lead and he knew what to do with it. That was vintage stuff when you see a veteran pitcher with a lead and making them hit the ball," manager Joe Torre said. "It was nice to bounce back."

Loney went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs as the Dodgers improved to 10-7 against their rivals, with their largest margin of victory this season against them.

Belliard has hit four homers since joining the Dodgers on Aug. 30 from Washington.

"I was just looking for a pitch to hit. He gave me a fastball inside and I reacted to it," he said. "Garland was throwing strikes all day long."

Penny (10-9) defeated the Dodgers 7-2 last Sunday in his first start against them since being signed by the Giants on Aug. 31. The right-hander had been particularly tough on hitters with runners in scoring position and two outs this season, holding them to a .176 average.

But Los Angeles pummeled him with two outs in the first. Loney's RBI single tied it at 1 before Belliard sent a 1-2 pitch into the Dodgers' bullpen for his fourth career grand slam, giving them a 5-1 lead and triggering taunts of Penny. He spent five years in Los Angeles before being traded to Boston last year.

"It was pretty obvious he was off today with his command and his secondary pitches," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been as good as you can be the first three starts and he had an off day. He was a pitch away from getting out of the first, but he made a mistake. It's going to happen."

Pitching in 87-degree heat, Penny gave up seven runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings -- equaling his shortest outing of the season. He lost for the first time in four outings with the Giants.

"Today was on me. You just can't get down seven runs in a situation like this in September," he said. "I just wasn't making pitches. My focus wasn't there. The off-speed pitch I tried to locate on the grand slam was horrible. It was a changeup that went way up and in. If it's down and away, there's no way he hits it. With two strikes, you've got to bear down and make better pitches, and I didn't do that."

Randy Johnson made his first relief appearance since pitching for the Yankees in the 2005 American League division series. He faced three batters in the sixth, giving up consecutive doubles to Rafael Furcal and Andre Ethier before retiring pinch-hitter Juan Pierre.

Johnson was activated from the 60-day DL on Wednesday. He didn't stick around to speak afterward.

"It probably had to be strange for him," Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said. "Once you go to the pen, the toughest thing is knowing when you're going to pitch in a race like this. To get him out there was important. Obviously, he's down, stuff-wise, but he's reporting no pain. But his arm strength is not there. So we have to make a decision on when and how to pitch him, in terms of rest."

Bochy said three batters was Johnson's limit going in.

"I knew he'd be rusty. It's been a while for him," he said. "The problem was just location more than anything and that's going to happen when you haven't been out on the mound in a long time. I'm sure he was a little hyped up. But it's good to see him out there."

The Dodgers extended their lead to 7-1 in the third. Kemp and Loney homered on consecutive pitches from Penny, with Loney clearing the right-field wall for his first at home after 12 on the road. Kemp connected on a 2-1 pitch for his 25th homer and 95th RBI -- both career highs.

Pinch-hitter Blake DeWitt also homered leading off the seventh for the Dodgers.

Notes

  • Johnson's last regular-season relief outing came on July 18, 2001, at San Diego, when he struck out 16 in completion of a suspended game.
  • Belliard's last grand slam was on Aug. 22 against Milwaukee.
 
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Ronnie Belliard's grand slam helps the Dodgers lower their magic number to six games.  (AP)
Ronnie Belliard's grand slam helps the Dodgers lower their magic number to six games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

R. Belliard
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF-RF3100002 .273
    John Bowker, RF2000013 .195
Freddy Sanchez, 2B2010000 .292
    Kevin Frandsen, 2B1010000 .167
Randy Winn, RF1001011 .265
    Waldis Joaquin, P0000000 .000
    Fred Lewis, LF2000001 .267
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3020011 .322
    Rich Aurilia, 3B1000001 .228
Juan Uribe, SS3000003 .289
    Ryan Rohlinger, SS1010000 .182
Travis Ishikawa, 1B3010001 .268
    Joe Martinez, P0000000 .250
    Madison Bumgarner, P0000000 .000
   a- Jesus Guzman, PH1010000 .176
Aaron Rowand, CF3010001 .267
    Andres Torres, CF1000012 .248
Eli Whiteside, C2000002 .209
   b- Buster Posey, PH-C2010000 .333
Brad Penny, P1010000 .067
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1000000 .273
    Merkin Valdez, P0000000 .000
    Randy Johnson, P0000000 .077
    Ryan Garko, 1B2000003 .268
Totals35110104  
a-singled for Bumgarner in the 9th
b-grounded out for Whiteside in the 7th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (42, Garland)
SF - Randy Winn (7)
SH - Freddy Sanchez (4)
RBI - Randy Winn (50)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Freddy Sanchez (5, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
Brad Penny (L,10-9) 2.2577313 5.35
Waldis Joaquin 1.1000020 3.52
Merkin Valdez 1221100 5.70
Randy Johnson 0.1211000 4.89
Joe Martinez 1.2322221 7.50
Madison Bumgarner 1000020 2.84
WP - Merkin Valdez (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 68-36, Waldis Joaquin 19-12, Merkin Valdez 29-14, Randy Johnson 14-6, Joe Martinez 37-22, Madison Bumgarner 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 4-3, Waldis Joaquin 2-0, Merkin Valdez 2-2, Joe Martinez 2-1, Madison Bumgarner 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 16, Waldis Joaquin 4, Merkin Valdez 7, Randy Johnson 3, Joe Martinez 10, Madison Bumgarner 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4220010 .257
   a- Juan Castro, PH-SS1010000 .291
Andre Ethier, RF4011111 .283
Manny Ramirez, LF1100210 .303
    Juan Pierre, LF2011001 .314
Matt Kemp, CF4211013 .307
    Jason Repko, CF1000003 .000
James Loney, 1B4332001 .282
   b- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH-1B1000010 .273
Casey Blake, 3B2101100 .280
   c- Blake DeWitt, PH-3B2111000 .162
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4114112 .259
Russell Martin, C3111101 .257
    A.J. Ellis, C0000000 .000
Jon Garland, P4000013 .088
    Jeff Weaver, P0000000 .231
Totals3712121267  
a-singled for Furcal in the 7th
b-struck out for Loney in the 8th
c-homered for Blake in the 7th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (25, R. Johnson), Andre Ethier (41, R. Johnson)
HR - Matt Kemp (25, Penny), James Loney (13, Penny), Blake DeWitt (2, Martinez), Ronnie Belliard (9, Penny)
RBI - Andre Ethier (99), Juan Pierre (30), Matt Kemp (95), James Loney 2 (87), Casey Blake (75), Blake DeWitt (2), Ronnie Belliard 4 (34), Russell Martin (49)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (12), James Loney (27), Ronnie Belliard 4 (19), Russell Martin (23)
SB - Rafael Furcal (8, 2nd base off Penny/Whiteside), Ronnie Belliard (3, 2nd base off Joaquin/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Belliard-Loney
E - Manny Ramirez (4, Dropped fly)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Jon Garland (W,11-11) 8710030 4.02
Jeff Weaver 1300010 3.79
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 95-65, Jeff Weaver 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 6-15
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 31, Jeff Weaver 6
Game Information
Attendance - 52438
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jeff Nelson