Dodgers down A’s with two-out hit in 10th |

Dodgers down A’s with two-out hit in 10th

LOS ANGELES – Matt Kemp’s game-winning single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

The victory was Joe Torre’s 2,194th as a big league manager during the regular season, tying Sparky Anderson for fifth place all-time. Torre, whose loss total is 36 fewer than Anderson’s, has won six pennants and four World Series titles.

Orlando Hudson greeted Brad Ziegler (1-2) with a leadoff single and Casey Blake reached on a fielding error by two-time Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera. James Loney, who doesn’t have a sacrifice bunt all season, bunted two pitches foul before grounding into a double play.

Loney originally was ruled safe at first after second baseman Adam Kennedy’s throw pulled first baseman Jason Giambi off the bag. But TV replays showed Giambi tagged Loney in time. Oakland manager Bob Geren asked umpire Jim Joyce to get a second opinion, and the call was reversed.

Kemp promptly followed with a single to right to score Hudson.

Guillermo Mota (3-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the victory.

Giambi hit a three-run homer with one out in the eighth inning against Dodgers reliever Ramon Troncoso – ending a 3-for-23 slump – and Bobby Crosby added a solo shot off the right-hander two batters later to give Oakland a 4-2 lead.

But the Dodgers responded with two in the bottom half to tie it. Both runs were charged to reliever Michael Wuertz, who gave up an RBI single by Blake. Andre Ethier drove in Blake with a fielder’s choice grounder against closer Andrew Bailey, who was charged with his fourth blown save in nine chances.

Blake and Loney hit consecutive RBI doubles in the sixth to break a scoreless tie after reliever Ronald Belisario retired Nomar Garciaparra with the bases loaded in the sixth.

Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw scattered four hits over 5 2-3 innings and struck out eight. He was lifted in the sixth after giving up a two-out double to Giambi and a walk to Cabrera. Garciaparra batted for Jack Hannahan and Belisario retired the former Dodger on a grounder to first after both runners advanced on a wild pitch.

Oakland lefty Dallas Braden allowed two runs and four hits over six innings and retired his first 14 batters before Kemp doubled to left-center with two out in the fifth. This was the seventh time in his 14 starts this season that the A’s have scored fewer than two runs while Braden was in the game.

NOTES: Mitch Jones, who hit 21 homers in 192 at-bats for the Dodgers’ Triple-A Albuquerque club this season, made his major league debut at age 31 and struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. RHP Jason Schmidt was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for him on the 40-man roster. … The Dodgers haven’t been involved in a trade with the Athletics since Dec. 13, 2005, when they obtained Ethier – then a highly-touted minor league prospect – in exchange for Milton Bradley and INF Antonio Perez. It was Ned Colletti’s first trade as Dodgers general manager.

Angels 8, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO – Sean O’Sullivan won in an impressive big league debut, then received his ticket back to the minors.

He knows he’ll get another chance if he keeps pitching this well.

“It’s been a thrill ride,” said O’Sullivan, who had nine family members and friends make the trip from San Diego on short notice.

Mike Napoli had a three-run homer among his four hits, O’Sullivan pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the San Francisco Giants 8-1 on Tuesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.

“As the game went on and he got ahead of some good hitters, you really saw his ability to keep guys off balance,” manager Mike Scioscia said of O’Sullivan. “It’s great to see a guy like Sean O’Sullivan come up and give us a game like this.”

O’Sullivan (1-0) was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to make the start after the Angels scratched Ervin Santana because of a strain below his pitching elbow in the forearm area – then O’Sullivan was sent back down afterward as the Angels brought up Rafael Rodriguez to give them another arm.

“I’ll try to build off this,” O’Sullivan said. “You never know when your next opportunity is going to be. I’ll go back to Salt Lake and keep performing.”

The Angels’ first three hits off Jonathan Sanchez (2-7) were doubles, including one by Juan Rivera that put Los Angeles ahead for good in the first. The Angels had 15 hits and have 15 homers, 70 hits and 43 runs during their winning streak.

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