Pierre's Walk-Off Walk Tops Angels

Pierre mobbed after bases-loaded walk in the 10th

The seventh time wasn't all that charming for Randy Wolf, but craft won out over power as Juan Pierre, who has been criticized for not drawing enough walks, got a big one in the last of the 10th with the score tied and the bases loaded as the Dodgers evened the series with the Angles on the strength of a 5-4 win despite a pair of Angels home runs.

One might say it was a triumph for the "little guy", as it was the bottom three position players in the lineup that set the table for Pierre, except for the fact that 290-pound Jonathan Broxton worked two innings and earned the win and he has never been considered "little" in his life.

The #7 batter, Matt Kemp, who struck out three times prior to the final inning, singled as did #8 Casey Blake. Juan Castro pinch-hit for Broxton and attempted to bunt built never got a good pitch and walked to fill the bases.

Pierre went 3-0, took two strikes and then got his first career run batted in against the Angeles and the Dodgers had their third walk-off walk win of the season. "I was 0-for-5 before that, swinging at pitches over my head, not being selective enough," said Pierre after the game. "I finally had one good at-bat and it proved to be a big one."

When Ty Cobb was leading off for the Tigers in the early part of the 20th century, and newspapers were set by individuals who put the stories together one metal letter at a time, a Detroit paper saved the line "Ty Cobb led off and stole second" so they wouldn't have to set it each day.

One might do that for starter Randy Wolf. The leading paragraph would read, "Starter Randy Wolf pitched well but didn't get the decision." The last time his name had a won-lost record behind it in the box score was May 13 when he topped Philadelphia 9-2.

Wolf threw a pair go gopher balls in this start, Juan Rivera tucked a fly ball just inside the left-field foul pole in the fourth to tie the game at one and Torii Hunter smacked a three-run shot in the fifth that gave Mike Scioscia's club a 4-1 lead.

Rivera's homer was the first given up by a Dodgers pitcher in eight games and it was Wolf that allowed that one to Washington's Josh Willingham. The seven homers hit against Wolf this season are the most on the staff.

"I made quite a bunch of mistakes tonight," said Wolf. "I threw strikes, but I threw a lot of balls that got more of the heart of the plate than the corners. I left a changeup right over the plate to Hunter and he did what he was supposed to do with it."

Martin got his second RBI of the game in the fifth and Loney added another to pull the Dodgers within one, 4-3. Then Casey Blake tied things up in the last of the eighth.

Wolf left in the seventh with one out trailing 4-3. Ron Belisario ended the inning and worked a scoreless eighth. Broxton allowed only a two-out single in the 10th while winning his fifth game without a loss.

The Dodgers bullpen followed Wolf's 6 1/3 innings with 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Ronald Belisario got five outs and Broxton pitched the ninth and 10th innings, adding three strikeouts to a total of 35 in 23 innings. Belisario, who after 10 years in the minor leagues is a Major League rookie, has a 2.45 ERA and a staff-high 23 appearances. Broxton has 11 saves, a 1.17 ERA and a sparkling 35 strikeouts in 23 innings, 13.7 per nine innings.

John Lackey started for the Angels in his third start since missing the first six weeks of the season with an injury to his forearm. He was effectively wild, hitting three Dodgers and walking one to go with seven hits allowed over his seven innings.

The Dodgers again squandered a number of chances. They left 11 runners on base, seven of them in scoring position.

"This ballclub has a great deal of determination," manager Joe Torre said. "They get frustrated and maybe a year ago the frustration would have mounted to the point of being very much against us. But now, I think the frustration really gets them to be more determined and fight a little harder."

Andre Ethier led off the second with a double and scored on Martins double to deep center in the second. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Orlando Hudson singled with two out, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Martin's second hit of the game. James Loney then singled to score Ethier.

L.A. tied the game in the eighth when Loney doubled to left and scored on Blake's single to center. Blake was 3-for-3 and raised his average to .294.

Ethier was hit on the toe with a pitch in the fifth inning, a toe that already had a split nail on it. The pain forced him to leave the game in the seventh.

"I was already missing half the nail," Ethier told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "It's been a problem all year. Since Spring Training, half the nail's been dead and now the whole thing is pretty much dead. It was throbbing."

Ethier had finally kicked the deadly slump that has seen his average plummet from .327 to .250 over the last three weeks. He doubled to break an 0-for-13 homestand, with a second-inning double, a third-inning single, was hit by the pitch in the fifth and lined out sharply to left field in the seventh before reluctantly yielding to rookie Jamie Hoffmann in the eighth inning.

If the toe hasn't miraculously improved overnight, Hoffmann will start today in the final game of the series.

Starters for the rubber game include:

RHP Chad Billingsley (6-1, 2.51 ERA) who was the first National League pitcher with six victories and each of his nine starts have been quality starts.

The Dodgers will face RHP Matt Palmer (5-0, 4.26 ERA). A rookie, he allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings against the Mariners in Seattle, but he still got the win. He is gunning for the Angel's record set by Jered Weaver who won his first seven starts as a rookie in 2006.

  Score by Innings
Angels	000 130 000 0-4
Dodgers	010 020 010 1-5

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	5  0  0  1  .383
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .240
Hudson 2b	5  1  1  0  .339
Ethier rf	3  2  2  0  .258
 Hoffmann rf	1  0  0  0  .000
Martin c	4  0  2  2  .270
Loney 1b	5  1  2  1  .283
Kemp cf	        5  1  1  0  .286
Blake 3b	3  0  3  1  .294
Wolf p	        1  0  0  0  .095
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loretta ph	1  0  0  0  .333
Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Castro ph	0  0  0  0  .391
---------------------------------
  Totals	37  5 11  5
  Angels	42  4 12  4
  
  2B- Ethier (9), Martin (8), Blake (8),
Loney (8). RBI- Martin 2 (18), Loney
(30), Blake (27), Pierre (13). S- Wolf.
LOB- Dodgers 14, Angels 9. 

  Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wolf	        6.1 10  4-4  0  4  3.02
Belisario	1.2  1  0-0  1  2  2.45
Broxton (5-0)	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  1.17
  HBP- Blake, by Belisario. T- 3:33. 
Att- 55,301.
Dodger Blue Notes -- Orlando Hudson went 1-for-5 and extending his career-best hitting streak to 13 games. ...The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Korean right-handed pitcher Ji-Mo Lee, 22, to a Minor League contract. He was drafted by the Lotte Giants in 2005 and spent the next two years fulfilling his military duty. Lee came back to play for the Giants in 2008 but was released in November. The Dodgers also signed former Lotte Giants pitcher Hyang-nam Choi, 38, to a Triple-A contract earlier this week. ...Kemp, who set a Dodgers franchise record last season by striking out 153 times, went down on strikes his first three times up. It was the fourth time this season Kemp has struck out three times in a game. ...The Dodgers are converting two sections of the left field Reserved Level at Dodger Stadium into "Bleacher Beach," where an in-game beach party will include unlimited fresh grilled beach fare, soft drinks, plus gifts, music and decor. Groups of 20 or more can purchase at the special price of $35 per person, while individuals can purchase in advance for $45 or on the day of game for $50. ?

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