Saturday, August 24, 2002

Dodgers 4, Braves 3

The Associated Press

        LOS ANGELES — Paul Lo Duca was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Friday night, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

        Dave Roberts drew a leadoff walk in the Dodgers ninth from Darren Holmes (2-2) and stole second. Shawn Green was intentionally walked with one out, and both runners advanced when Holmes made a wild pickoff throw to second.

        After Adrian Beltre was intentionally walked, Kevin Gryboski relieved and grazed LoDuca on the left arm as he twisted away from the ball.

        Eric Gagne (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth to get the victory.

        Lo Duca homered in the first inning.

        It was Atlanta's first game at Dodger Stadium since May 13, 2001, and the first for Gary Sheffield since the Jan. 15 trade that sent him from the Dodgers to the Braves.

        A crowd of 50,341 attended the opener of a three-game series that could be a first-round playoff preview, with Atlanta leading the NL East at 81-46 and the Dodgers atop the NL wild card race.

        Sheffield, who wore out his welcome in the Dodgers clubhouse after three-plus seasons and got his wish to be traded, was booed every time he came to the plate. He was 0-for-4 with three popups and a groundout.

        Greg Maddux fell behind 3-0 after surrendering first-inning home runs to Green and Lo Duca.

        Rafael Furcal hit an RBI double in the Braves seventh that made it 3-all. The hit scored Darren Bragg, who was hit by Odalis Perez's first pitch of the inning and advanced on a two-out balk. Perez displayed his anger over the balk at the end of the inning and was ejected by first-base umpire Doug Eddings before he reached the dugout.

        Maddux allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. The Braves have lost each of his last four starts.

        Javy Lopez pinch-hit with a runner on in the seventh and was robbed of extra bases by Roberts, who leaped for the ball at the same time as left fielder Marquis Grissom and pulled it down as the they collided in mid-air.

        Green's two-run homer was his 37th, and gave him 86 in a span of two seasons. That broke the franchise record Hall of Famer Duke Snider set in Brooklyn with 43 homers in 1955 and 42 in 1956.

        Jordan, hitting .268 in 102 games with 13 homers and 50 RBIs, sat out for the 11th time in 12 games and sixth straight because of a protruding disc in his back.
        Notes: Sandy Koufax, who is in town to attend former batterymate Johnny Roseboro's funeral on Saturday, attended the game. As Koufax walked from the dugout to the field across the synthetic warning track during batting practice, he quipped, “You can't get your shoes dirty anymore.” ... Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully was back in the booth after a two-game bout with laryngitis. ... Lo Duca's eighth homer came three pitches after a knockdown pitch by Maddux. ... Green is 10-for-19 against Maddux with three home runs. ... CF Andruw Jones, who missed only one of Atlanta's first 127 games, did not play after straining his left shoulder and right wrist making a diving catch on Thursday at San Diego.


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