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Dodgers make Torre a winner in his final game

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LOS ANGELES -- Joe Torre ended his managerial career the way it began 29 years ago -- with a victory.

Matt Kemp homered in his fifth consecutive game and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 in their season finale Sunday.

"I guess that last out sort of makes things pretty definite," said Torre, sitting behind a desk decorated with pictures of family and famous faces from his career.

Torre called former Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax earlier in the day, a Hall of Famer he faced during his playing days.

The Dodgers won seven of their last 10 games to finish fourth in the NL West with an 80-82 record -- their first losing mark since 2005 -- in Torre's third season in Los Angeles. He led them to the playoffs his first two years.

"Thanks JOE!" read a hand-lettered towel held up by a fan in the upper level.

Torre won the first game he managed with the New York Mets in 1977. In between, he won six pennants and four World Series titles, all with the New York Yankees. The 70-year-old is fifth on the career wins list.

Torre finished with a 2,326-1,997 regular-season record, going 259-227 in three years with the Dodgers. He turns things over to hitting coach Don Mattingly, who has been promoted to manager for next season.

"This is a tough act to follow," said Mattingly, who has no big league managerial experience.

Ted Lilly (10-12) allowed one run and four hits, struck out nine and walked two to reach 10 victories for the eighth consecutive season. The left-hander went 7-4 in 12 starts with the Dodgers after being acquired in a trade-deadline deal with the Cubs.

"I was a little more nervous than I'd been," Lilly said, noting the emotion surrounding the retirements of Torre and catcher Brad Ausmus. "I definitely felt the importance of that."

Hong-Chih Kuo pitched the ninth to earn his 12th save in 13 chances.

Ausmus caught the 1,938th and final game of his career, having spent his last two years playing for Torre. The 40-year-old retired after 18 big league seasons, getting two hits in his final game.

"I felt like it was time. I'm ready to move on to non-playing things," he said.

Rodrigo Lopez (7-16) gave up two runs and three hits in five innings, struck out six and walked three to lose his second in a row.

Lopez caught on with the Diamondbacks out of spring training after being signed as a minor league free agent last year.

"Staying with the team and being able to pitch every five days, it was hard to believe," he said. "For some reason, I was able to pitch every five days and that was a really good accomplishment for me and I'm very proud of it."

The Diamondbacks finished last in the NL West with a 65-97 record under interim manager Kirk Gibson.

"We pushed hard. We know we've got work to do," he said. "I hope it's a learning lesson for these guys. I hope they take something from it that will be beneficial for them and whatever team they may be on to be successful and reap the fruits of victory."

Kemp gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead with two outs in the first inning, homering into the left-field pavilion. He finished with a career-high 28 homers.

"Finally," Kemp said. "I wish I would've done it a little bit earlier."

The Diamondbacks made it 2-1 in the fourth on Gerardo Parra's two-out single that scored Rusty Ryal, who doubled to lead off.

Andre Ethier's bases-loaded RBI single extended the Dodgers' lead to 3-1 in the seventh. Ryan Theriot was tagged out at the plate, while Jamey Carroll and Ethier moved up on the throw.

Notes

  • Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal struck out in his only at-bat.
  • Kemp played in all 162 games this season, extending his major league-leading streak to 203 games.
  • Arizona finished 5-13 against the Dodgers, including 2-7 in Los Angeles.
  • INF John Lindsey, called up after 16 years in the minors only to get his hand broken after 12 at-bats, escorted Torre to the plate with the lineup card. In the seventh, he was introduced as a pinch-hitter before being replaced.
  • Diamondbacks RHP Aaron Heilman came on in the eighth, becoming the only pitcher with 70 or more appearances in each of the last five seasons.
  • The Dodgers' season attendance totaled 3,562,320.
 
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'I guess that last out sort of makes things pretty definite,' Joe Torre says after his final game.  (AP)
'I guess that last out sort of makes things pretty definite,' Joe Torre says after his final game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

T. Lilly
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 9
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tony Abreu, 3B4010021 .233
Augie Ojeda, SS4000012 .190
Rusty Ryal, 1B4110020 .261
Brandon Allen, LF3000122 .267
Ryan Roberts, 2B3000111 .197
Gerardo Parra, RF4021012 .261
Konrad Schmidt, C4000003 .125
Cole Gillespie, CF2000111 .231
Rodrigo Lopez, P1000010 .078
    Jordan Norberto, P0000000 .000
   a- John Hester, PH1000010 .211
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Mike Hampton, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Totals30141312  
a-struck out for Norberto in the 7th
Batting
2B - Rusty Ryal (7, Lilly)
SH - Rodrigo Lopez (5)
RBI - Gerardo Parra (30)
2-OUT RBI - Gerardo Parra (13)
SB - Tony Abreu (2, 2nd base off Lilly/Ausmus), Cole Gillespie (1, 3rd base off Lilly/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gerardo Parra 1
DP - Roberts-Ryal, Ojeda-Roberts-Ryal
E - Tony Abreu (10, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rodrigo Lopez (L,7-16) 5322361 5.00
Jordan Norberto 1100000 5.85
Leo Rosales 0.1211100 7.16
Mike Hampton 0.2100100 0.00
Aaron Heilman 1100000 4.50
IBB - Kemp by Mike Hampton
HBP - Ethier (by Rodrigo Lopez)
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 90-55, Jordan Norberto 7-5, Leo Rosales 15-9, Mike Hampton 9-4, Aaron Heilman 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 3-6, Jordan Norberto 1-1, Mike Hampton 1-0, Aaron Heilman 2-1
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 22, Jordan Norberto 3, Leo Rosales 4, Mike Hampton 3, Aaron Heilman 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS1000010 .300
    Ryan Theriot, 2B3010012 .270
Jamey Carroll, 2B-SS3000110 .291
Andre Ethier, RF2121100 .292
Matt Kemp, CF3112102 .249
James Loney, 1B3000105 .267
Casey Blake, 3B4010011 .248
Brad Ausmus, C4020001 .222
    Chin-lung Hu, PR0000000 .130
    A.J. Ellis, C0000000 .278
Reed Johnson, LF4110021 .262
Ted Lilly, P0000100 .037
   a- John Lindsey, PH0000000 .083
   b- Trent Oeltjen, PH1000001 .217
    Kenley Jansen, P00000001.000
   c- Jay Gibbons, PH1000001 .280
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
Totals2938356  
a-announced for Lilly in the 7th
b-popped out-bunting for Lindsey in the 7th
c-popped out for Jansen in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Ausmus (2, Lopez)
HR - Matt Kemp (28, Lopez)
SH - Ted Lilly (4)
RBI - Andre Ethier (82), Matt Kemp 2 (89)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp 2 (38)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ted Lilly (W,10-12) 7411290 3.62
Kenley Jansen (H,4) 1000020 0.67
Hong-Chih Kuo (S,12) 1000110 1.20
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 104-72, Kenley Jansen 14-9, Hong-Chih Kuo 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 5-7, Kenley Jansen 1-0, Hong-Chih Kuo 2-0
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 27, Kenley Jansen 3, Hong-Chih Kuo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38007
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Gerry Davis