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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Brewers Lose in 9th Again 4-5

From Sportsline.com:

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won consecutive home games for the first time this season, and they have Nomar Garciaparra to thank for that.

Garciaparra hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning for the second day in a row and also had a pair of run-scoring doubles, leading the Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Kenny Lofton doubled with one out in the ninth against Chris Demaria (0-1) and Garciaparra followed with an opposite-field single past first baseman Prince Fielder as Lofton scored without a throw.

"What I really enjoy about wins like that is that everybody's doing their job," Garciaparra said. "Kenny getting that double gave us a huge boost, because that was going to give us a chance to knock him in -- whether it was me or the guy behind me. We produced runs all night long -- getting doubles, moving runners over and doing the things to get the runs across."

Danys Baez (2-1) pitched one inning for the victory despite allowing the tying run in the top of the ninth for his fourth blown save in 12 chances as Eric Gagne's fill-in.

Milwaukee's Dan Kolb relieved in the eighth, giving up a leadoff walk to Jeff Kent and a double to left-center by Olmedo Saenz. Jose Cruz Jr. delivered Kent with a fly ball to left. However, the Brewers tied it in the ninth when Carlos Lee doubled and Bill Hall drove him in with his second RBI single of the game.

Dodgers starter Brad Penny labored through 5 1/3 innings, throwing 116 pitches and allowing three runs and seven hits. The right-hander gave up a walk in each of the first six innings, after allowing just seven over his previous 37 innings this season. Penny has not allowed more than three runs in any of his seven starts, but is just 0-1 in his last five outings after winning his first two.


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