It's Walkoff Time Again With Andre

Ethier congratulated

It might be blasphemy in St. Louis, but a case could be made for calling Andre Etheir "The Man" after he unloaded yet another walkoff home run, this one a two-run shot in the 13th that gave Los Angeles a 5-4 win over the shocked Pirates.

Folklore tells us that Stan Musial was given the special name during a double header in Brooklyn during which he collected six hits in eight trips. When he came to the plate for the ninth time, one Dodgers fan was heard to exclaimed, "Here comes That Man again!"

The long home run marked Ethier's Major League-leading sixth walk-off hit of the season -- fourth on a homer -- and it left him smiling and shaking his head after the game.

"You pinch yourself now," said Ethier, who has nine such game-winning hits since the start of the 2008 season. "To hit one in a season, to hit one in a couple of years is a great thing. To hit more than a couple? I don't know what's going on. But it's fun and I'm going to enjoy it while I'm doing it."

Ethier's magic bat gave the Dodgers their 37th comeback win of the season and moved the NL West leaders moved five games ahead of Colorado, which lost 10-2 at San Francisco, who still trails by 7 1/2, reducing their magic number to clinch a playoff berth to 10.

Ethier became the first Dodger with a 30-homer season since Adrian Beltré slugged 48 in 2004 and with his with his ninth-inning double, he became the first Dodger to hit 40 doubles in a season since Shawn Green's 49 in 2003.

"As Yogi would say, `It's deja vu all over again,"' Dodgers manager Joe Torre said, quoting former Yankee catcher Yogi Berra. "You've seen him do it, you want to visualize it, and when he does it, it's just surreal."

Ethier lined the first pitch thrown by the seventh Pirates pitcher Phil Dumatrait into the right field pavilion with one out for his 97th and 98th RBIs of the season. Rafael Furcal opened the inning with a line drive single that struck pitcher Chris Bootcheck on his leg and rolled onto the grass between first and second base.

The Pirates had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the 13th on Casey Blake's throwing error and an RBI single off Ron Belisario (4-3) who got the win. Andy LaRoche bunted the runner to second and Garrett Jones was intentional walked before the hit.

The unearned run was the only run allowed by Ramon Troncoso, George Sherrill, Jon Broxton and James McDonald (who worked three innings) over the final six.

Starter Randy Wolf allowed three runs, all in the second inning, and five hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked two after missing his start in San Francisco with a hyperextended left elbow. Wolf reported afterward that his arm was feeling good.

Pittsburgh starter Zach Duke retired the first 10 Dodgers in order before Russell Martin doubled in the fourth. In the fifth they cut the Pittsburgh lead to 3-2 when Matt Kemp doubled, Casey Blake tripled and Mark Loretta' hit a sacrifice fly.

The score stood until the ninth inning when Ethier doubled with one out. Manny Ramirez, who was 0-for-5, popped out before Kemp singled to right to drive in Ethier and tie the game.

The Dodgers had a golden opportunity in the 12th after pinch-hitter Juan Pierre tripled with one out. But with the infield in, Orlando Hudson and pinch-hitter James Loney grounded out.

"It was a great game," Pirates manager John Russell said. "We thought we had it won twice. Unfortunately, they're a great team and they've had a lot of comeback wins this year."

"They never quit," Torre said. "This has been a team effort all year and we have 16 left. Hopefully it just stays this way all the way to the end."

The Dodgers send RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.00) against Kevin Hart (1-5, 6.46) in a rare afternoon game today in the final game of their three-game series with Pittsburgh. Following an off-day Thursday, the Giants come to town for a three-game weekend series. Then it's the final road trip of the season from September 22-30, a nine-game tour that includes stops in Washington (three games), Pittsburgh (four), and San Diego (two).

 Score by Innings
Pittsburgh	030 000 000 000 1-4
Los Angeles	000 020 001 000 2-5

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	5  1  1  0  .255
Martin c	6  0  1  0  .259
Ethier rf	6  2  2  2  .283
Ramirez lf	5  0  0  0  .302
Kemp cf        	5  1  2  1  .306
Blake 3b	4  1  1  1  .281
Loretta 1b	2  0  1  1  .224
 Repko pr	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Thome ph	1  0  0  0  .249
 McDonald p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pierre ph	1  0  1  0  .315
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
Hudson 2b	4  0  0  0  .287
Wolf p        	2  0  0  0  .175
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sherrill p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Belliard ph	0  0  0  0  .251
 Loney ph-1b	3  0  0  0  .281
----------------------------------
 Totals	        44  5  9  5
 Pittsburgh	46  4  8  4  

 Error- Blake (10). 2B- Martin (19),
Kemp (25), Ethier (40). 3B- Blake (6),
Pierre (6). HR- Ethier (30). RBI- Blake 
(74), Loretta (23), Kemp (92), Ethier 2 
(98). S- Hudson. SF- Loretta. LOB- Los 
Angeles 6, Pittsburgh 8. 

 Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wolf        	7.0  5  3-3  2  5  3.24
Troncoso 	0.2  0  0-0  0  0  2.54
Sherrill	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  1.75
Broxton	        1.0  0  0-0  0  3  2.45
McDonald	3.0  2  0-0  1  3  3.86
Belisario (4-3)	1.0  1  1-0  1  2  1.96
 T- 4:02. Att- 52,562.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers are 45-15 (.750) against the Pirates since the start of the 2001 season, the best record of any team against Pittsburgh during that span. The Dodgers are also a season-high 28 games above the .500 mark. ...Jonathan Broxton has not allowed an earned run since August 15, going a perfect nine-for-nine in save opportunities and striking out 28 in 17.0 innings over 16 appearances in that span. ...The Dodgers recorded their first multi-triple game of the season and first since May 2, 2006 when Kenny Lofton, Nomar Garciaparra, and Oscar Robles each tripled in the Dodgers' 10-8 loss at Arizona. ...The Dodgers improved to 27-19 in one-run games, including 20-7 at home. ...Wolf has pitched 197 1-3 innings this season, his most since 2003, when he tossed 200 for Philadelphia. ...Rick Monday on Thursday is hosting the 5th-Annual KABC/USO Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. This event raises operating funds for the Bob Hope USO at LAX, Ontario, and Palm Springs airports to make sure our military men and women are never stranded and have support as they travel to and from the battlefield. 

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