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L.A. Dodgers (70-72) «000011000024120
Houston (67-74)00001010000281

Dodgers 4, Astros 2 (11)

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HOUSTON -- Jay Gibbons' performance since he returned to the majors has manager Joe Torre wishing he would have brought him up sooner.

Gibbons hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers stopped a six-game slide with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Gibbons is batting .343 with four homers and 12 RBI in 35 at-bats since he was promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque on Aug. 8. It's his first stint in the majors since 2007, but Torre believes he could be an everyday player.

"I think he certainly would hold his own," Torre said. "He can do a couple of things, play first base, play the outfield. When he stands at the plate he knows what he wants to do. I don't think there's any question that he has a plan when he's up there."

Matt Kemp singled before Gibbons connected against Fernando Abad (0-1), hitting a drive over the wall in right-center. Gibbons also had a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth that gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.

"Anytime you can help the team is good, but coming off the bench is the role they have for me and I'll definitely take it and I love it," Gibbons said. "I'm just trying to get more at-bats."

Octavio Dotel (3-3) struck out three in two scoreless innings for the win. Humberto Quintero singled with two outs, but Dotel struck out Angel Sanchez to end the game.

"The thing is when you're not winning ballgames, something bad happens you kind of shake your head," Torre said. "I was just glad that we pitched the way we did at the end."

Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBI for Houston, which had won three straight. Rookie Brett Wallace went 2 for 3.

Bourn singled in a run in the seventh, tying it at 2, but was caught in a rundown to end the inning. Wallace set up the run with a one-out double off Ronald Belisario that rolled up the hill in center field before bouncing off the wall.

Bourn also tripled with one out in the 10th before Dotel struck out Jeff Keppinger and Hunter Pence to end the inning.

"We got some big hits tonight, we just didn't capitalize on the other ones," Houston manager Brad Mills said.

Kemp tripled and scored when Gibbons delivered in the sixth. Kemp briefly considered breaking for home after a bad throw to third on his hit, but the Astros chased the ball down quickly and he returned to the bag.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched six innings for the Dodgers, yielding just one run and four hits. He struck out three and walked two.

"We faced a tough pitcher in Kuroda and they have a pretty good pen ... at the back end," Bourn said. "They're not easy to score runs against."

Bourn's two-out single tied it at 1 in the fifth. After Keppinger walked, Pence grounded out to leave the bases loaded.

That rally came after the Dodgers grabbed the lead in the top half of the inning against J.A. Happ. Rod Barajas reached on a leadoff single and advanced on Kuroda's sacrifice. Jamey Carroll singled him in with two out.

Happ allowed seven hits in five innings.

Notes

Houston RHP Henry Villar made his major league debut in the 11th inning. He committed an error before striking out Carroll. ... The Astros are waiting to see what the next step will be for RHP Felipe Paulino, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff injury. He threw a simulated game Thursday and said Friday he hopes he'll be able to pitch again before the season is over. ... Dodgers C Brad Ausmus will start on Sunday against the Astros. Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said he thought it would be nice for 41-year-old Ausmus to play against the team where he spent the majority of his career.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Gibbons
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Houston

M. Bourn
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS6010013 .311
Jamey Carroll, 2B6021033 .290
Casey Blake, 3B5010021 .258
Andre Ethier, RF5010013 .288
Matt Kemp, CF4220100 .253
Reed Johnson, LF2000022 .278
   a- Jay Gibbons, PH-LF3123000 .343
Russell Mitchell, 1B5000002 .000
Rod Barajas, C4130010 .240
    Chin-lung Hu, PR0000000 .000
    A.J. Ellis, C0000100 .205
Hiroki Kuroda, P0000000 .021
   b- John Lindsey, PH1000010 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   c- James Loney, PH0000100 .274
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Octavio Dotel, P1000011 .000
Totals424124312  
a-singled for Johnson in the 6th
b-struck out for Kuroda in the 7th
c-walked for Broxton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jamey Carroll (15, Happ), Andre Ethier (32, Happ)
3B - Matt Kemp (5, Lopez)
HR - Jay Gibbons (4, Abad)
SH - Hiroki Kuroda 2 (10)
RBI - Jamey Carroll (22), Jay Gibbons 3 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Jamey Carroll (11)
CS - Jay Gibbons (1, 2nd base by Lopez/Castro)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda 6411230 3.32
Ronald Belisario (H,15) 0.1111010 5.48
George Sherrill (BS,4) 0.2100000 6.27
Jonathan Broxton 1000000 3.66
Hong-Chih Kuo 1000110 1.38
Octavio Dotel (W,3-3) 2200030 4.04
WP - Hiroki Kuroda (12)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 97-59, Ronald Belisario 9-6, George Sherrill 10-7, Jonathan Broxton 12-10, Hong-Chih Kuo 18-10, Octavio Dotel 31-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 7-8, Jonathan Broxton 2-1
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 24, Ronald Belisario 2, George Sherrill 2, Jonathan Broxton 3, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, Octavio Dotel 8
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5032000 .263
Jeff Keppinger, 2B3000211 .285
Hunter Pence, RF5000015 .287
Carlos Lee, LF-1B5010001 .243
Chris Johnson, 3B4000121 .319
Jason Castro, C3000000 .209
   a- Humberto Quintero, PH-C2010001 .236
Angel Sanchez, SS5110032 .273
Brett Wallace, 1B3020000 .210
    Anderson Hernandez, PR0100000 .227
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Downs, PH1000001 .253
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
    Henry Villar, P0000000 .000
J.A. Happ, P1000010 .000
   c- Brian Bogusevic, PH1000002 .143
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .000
   d- Geoff Blum, PH0000000 .251
   e- Jason Michaels, PH-LF2000001 .248
Totals4028238  
a-fouled out-bunting for Castro in the 9th
b-popped out for Lyon in the 9th
c-popped out for Happ in the 5th
d-announced for Fulchino in the 7th
e-flied out for Blum in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brett Wallace (4, Belisario)
3B - Michael Bourn (5, Dotel)
RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (19)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Keppinger-Wallace
E - Henry Villar (1, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
J.A. Happ 5711140 2.78
Wilton Lopez 1.1211020 3.19
Tim Byrdak 0.1000000 3.22
Jeff Fulchino 0.1000010 5.88
Matt Lindstrom 1000010 3.83
Brandon Lyon 1100100 3.00
Mark Melancon 0.2000020 3.24
Fernando Abad (L,0-1) 1222111 3.27
Henry Villar 0.1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 102-62, Wilton Lopez 23-14, Tim Byrdak 4-2, Jeff Fulchino 5-3, Matt Lindstrom 14-8, Brandon Lyon 25-13, Mark Melancon 10-8, Fernando Abad 17-10, Henry Villar 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 7-3, Brandon Lyon 2-1, Fernando Abad 1-1, Henry Villar 1-0
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 22, Wilton Lopez 5, Tim Byrdak 1, Jeff Fulchino 1, Matt Lindstrom 3, Brandon Lyon 5, Mark Melancon 2, Fernando Abad 6, Henry Villar 2
Game Information
Attendance - 31010
Game Time - 4:04
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Gary Darling