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HOUSTON -- J.R. Towles couldn't imagine a better way to end a long slump.
"I've definitely been in some slumps before but breaking out has never been this good because I've never had a walkoff before," Towles said. "I knew at some point I was going to break out and it was going to be big for me. I was putting the ball in play and seeing the ball well. I said it can't be bad too much longer."
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"I was trying to get the ball away from [Matt] Kemp," Wallace said. "He's a really good center fielder and I was just praying it got away from him. I didn't know if it would get out or off the wall. I was just watching to see what he would do."
Mark Melancon (4-1) pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two.
Aneury Rodriguez allowed only one runner until Kemp singled in the fourth inning for the Dodgers' first hit. Kemp hit his tying home run in the sixth.
Rodriguez gave up four hits and struck out five in six innings.
Lilly, who has a 7-2 career record against the Astros, allowed only three runners to reach second base in six innings. He allowed six hits.
Bourn's homer was his first career leadoff shot and the first by an Astro since Kaz Matsui on Sept. 23, 2008.
"I consider it a mistake and good hitting," Lilly said. "He got a good pitch to hit and he didn't miss it. More than anything, it was a thing where I guessed wrong. I thought he would take to begin the game. That one mistake cost us the game you could say. It was a mental error more than anything."
Houston missed a chance to take the lead in the seventh with two out. A pitch from reliever Mike MacDougal got past catcher Dioner Navarro and Towles raced home from third. But the ball bounced back to Navarro, who made the tag to end the inning.
The Dodgers had their chances too. They had a runner at third in the fifth inning and runners at second in the seventh and eighth.
"We had our chances through this lineup to get a hit," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Opportunities are there, but we just haven't seen them get that hit. We have to put pressure on the other club."
|Astros manager Brad Mills congratulates J.R. Towles after Towles' game-winning hit in the 9th inning vs. Los Angeles. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.136|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|James Loney, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.238|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||1||3||1||0||1||1||.317|
|Jay Gibbons, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.200|
|Javy Guerra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Guerrier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dioner Navarro, C||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.184|
|Jerry Sands, LF-RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.229|
|Aaron Miles, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.283|
|Ted Lilly, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Andre Ethier, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.311|
|Mike MacDougal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.195|
|a-was walked intentionally for Lilly in the 7th|
|2B - Matt Kemp (10, Fulchino)|
|HR - Matt Kemp (12, A. Rodriguez)|
|SH - Ted Lilly (1)|
|RBI - Matt Kemp (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (12)|
|SB - James Loney (2, 2nd base off A. Rodriguez/Towles)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Miles-Carroll|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Matt Guerrier (L,2-3)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.55|
|IBB - Johnson by Ted Lilly|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 79-51, Mike MacDougal 18-8, Javy Guerra 10-7, Matt Guerrier 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 8-7, Mike MacDougal 1-0, Javy Guerra 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 24, Mike MacDougal 4, Javy Guerra 3, Matt Guerrier 4|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.266|
|Angel Sanchez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Mark Melancon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.301|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.247|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.212|
|Brett Wallace, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.314|
|Brian Bogusevic, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Bill Hall, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.231|
|J.R. Towles, C||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.229|
|Aneury Rodriguez, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Wilton Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jason Michaels, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.156|
|Jeff Fulchino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Clint Barmes, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.218|
|a-walked for Lopez in the 7th|
|2B - Carlos Lee (9, Lilly), Brett Wallace (14, Guerrier), J.R. Towles (4, Lilly)|
|HR - Michael Bourn (1, Lilly)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (13), J.R. Towles (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - J.R. Towles (3)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Mark Melancon (W,4-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.85|
|IBB - Ethier by Wilton Lopez, Gibbons by Jeff Fulchino|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aneury Rodriguez 96-59, Wilton Lopez 16-9, Jeff Fulchino 17-9, Mark Melancon 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aneury Rodriguez 4-9, Wilton Lopez 2-0, Jeff Fulchino 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Aneury Rodriguez 23, Wilton Lopez 5, Jeff Fulchino 5, Mark Melancon 3|
|Attendance - 21350|
|Game Time - 2:41|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|