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Dodgers 6, Astros 3

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HOUSTON -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre wasn't around to see the wild ending of Los Angeles' victory.

Reliever Brandon Lyon's threw away a bunt for a tiebreaking two-run error in a three-run ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

Torre was ejected in the first inning by plate umpire Paul Emmel. Torre complained from the dugout after Casey Blake was called out on strikes, then left the dugout following the ejection to speak with Emmel.

"I wasn't around long enough to see much but it turned out good," Torre said.

Torre said he was defending his player.

"The umpire looked over and says 'that's enough, I don't want to hear it.' and I said 'then get it right.' He warned me and I said it again and he threw me out. I didn't curse him and I shouldn't have been thrown out. I'm just glad we had a good result."

With the score 3-3, Trent Oeltjen singled off Lyon (6-6) and Reed Johnson reached on a bunt single down the first-base line.

A.J. Ellis bunted, and Lyon picked up the sacrifice, then hesitated and threw wildly to first as two runs scored. Ellis went to third on the error and scored on pinch-hitter James Loney's double.

"I was able to see from where I was running that the ball got through on a low throw," Ellis said. "I was trying to get everybody's attention to start running."

Kenley Jansen (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning to win his first major league decision in his 18th appearance.

"That's how you win and lose games is defense and making plays," Lyon said. "It just snowballed into that and before you know we were down some runs. Those were the games we've been winning as of late and tonight wasn't one of those days."

Dodgers starter John Ely, recalled Monday from Triple-A Albuquerque, made his first big league appearance since July 10 and allowed three runs and six hits in six innings with four strikeouts and one walked.

"We needed that from Ely," Torre said. "He started a little rough like he was trying to overthrow. But after three innings he seemed to smooth out. That was a quality start, six innings. He got in a jam and out of a jam. I was pleased and I know he had to be."

Ely acknowledged he was excited in the first inning.

"You get out there and get a little anxious," Ely said. "I settled in and got into a rhythm and kept the hitters off balance for the most part."

Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings, matching his season high by striking out 10 for the third time.

"It was nice to see Wandy finish strong, even after what all happened there in the fourth inning," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "He had 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Other than the fourth inning, he threw the ball really well."

Blake's 15th homer, and run-scoring singles by Johnson and Ellis put the Dodgers ahead in a three-run fourth.

Michael Bourn tripled in the fourth and scored in Jeff Keppinger's single. Brett Wallace homered leading off the sixth, and Bourn's RBI groundout tied it.

"I got a pretty good pitch to hit there, and I did. I think, like I've said all along, it's just a matter of being comfortable," Wallace said. "I think that I am finally back to being aggressive in my game plan. I feel good up there, and hopefully I can continue with that."

Notes

Dodgers Triple-A Albuquerque manager Tim Wallach will spend the remainder of the season as a coach with the Dodgers. ... Torre's ejection was his second this season and his fourth as Dodger's manager. ... Former Astros C Brad Ausmus is to start against his old team in Sunday's series finale.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Johnson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Houston

W. Rodriguez
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 3
K 10
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS3000211 .309
Ryan Theriot, 2B5000003 .279
Casey Blake, 3B5111032 .257
Matt Kemp, CF3000110 .252
Jay Gibbons, LF4120012 .359
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
John Lindsey, 1B3000021 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Kenley Jansen, P00000001.000
   a- Trent Oeltjen, PH-LF0100100 .000
Reed Johnson, RF4221011 .284
A.J. Ellis, C3111010 .211
John Ely, P2000021 .083
   b- Russell Mitchell, PH-1B1000000 .000
   c- James Loney, PH-1B1011000 .275
Totals34674412  
a-walked for Jansen in the 9th
b-flied out for Ely in the 7th
c-doubled for Mitchell in the 9th
Batting
2B - James Loney (39, Byrdak)
HR - Casey Blake (15, Rodriguez)
SH - A.J. Ellis (4)
RBI - Casey Blake (59), Reed Johnson (13), A.J. Ellis (11), James Loney (81)
2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson (3), A.J. Ellis (2)
SB - Ryan Theriot 2 (20, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Castro, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Castro), Reed Johnson (2, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Castro)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jay Gibbons 1
DP - Furcal-Lindsey
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Ely 6633141 4.62
George Sherrill 0.1100000 6.21
Ronald Belisario 0.2000010 5.40
Kenley Jansen (W,1-0) 1000000 0.96
Hong-Chih Kuo (S,9) 1000120 1.36
WP - Hong-Chih Kuo (3)
Pitches-Strikes - John Ely 89-59, George Sherrill 10-5, Ronald Belisario 9-6, Kenley Jansen 8-7, Hong-Chih Kuo 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Ely 8-4, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Kenley Jansen 2-1, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-0
Batters Faced - John Ely 23, George Sherrill 2, Ronald Belisario 2, Kenley Jansen 3, Hong-Chih Kuo 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3111100 .263
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4021002 .287
Hunter Pence, RF4000002 .285
Carlos Lee, LF4000011 .242
Geoff Blum, 3B3000121 .247
Brett Wallace, 1B4111010 .212
Angel Sanchez, SS4120011 .278
Jason Castro, C2010000 .212
   a- Jason Michaels, PH1000001 .247
    Humberto Quintero, C0000000 .236
Wandy Rodriguez, P1000010 .193
   b- Brian Bogusevic, PH1000011 .125
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .000
Totals3137327  
a-grounded out for Castro in the 7th
b-struck out for Rodriguez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Angel Sanchez (9, Sherrill)
3B - Michael Bourn (6, Ely)
HR - Brett Wallace (2, Ely)
SH - Wandy Rodriguez (8)
RBI - Michael Bourn (37), Jeff Keppinger (52), Brett Wallace (8)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Brandon Lyon (1, Throwing), Brett Wallace (3, Missed catch of throw)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wandy Rodriguez 75333101 3.77
Matt Lindstrom 1000010 3.75
Brandon Lyon (L,6-6)0132100 3.26
Tim Byrdak 0.1100000 3.19
Jeff Fulchino 0.2000010 5.79
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 109-69, Matt Lindstrom 13-8, Brandon Lyon 11-6, Tim Byrdak 8-3, Jeff Fulchino 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 6-5, Matt Lindstrom 1-1, Brandon Lyon 1-0, Tim Byrdak 1-0, Jeff Fulchino 1-0
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 29, Matt Lindstrom 3, Brandon Lyon 3, Tim Byrdak 2, Jeff Fulchino 2
Game Information
Attendance - 39237
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman