Series: Game 1 of 3

Los Angeles leads 1-0 (as of 8/9)

Game 1: Friday, August 9
Philadelphia 6Final
Los Angeles 7
Game 2: Saturday, August 10
Philadelphia 8Final
Los Angeles 10
Game 3: Sunday, August 11
Philadelphia 6Final
Los Angeles 3

Phillies 6

(54-61, 25-32 away)

Dodgers 7

(65-51, 32-25 home)

    10:10 PM ET, August 9, 2002

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: P. Shuey (4-1)

    L: M. Timlin (3-4)

    S: E. Gagne (38)

    Green, Grudzielanek power Dodgers past Phils

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The next time Mike Timlin faces Mark Grudzielanek, the Philadelphia Phillies reliever might be inclined to walk him -- if there is a next time.


    Grudzielanek hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome Pat Burrell's grand slam in the top half, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Phillies 7-6 Friday night to increase their NL wild card lead over San Francisco to 1½ games.

    "You just try to get a good pitch and put it into play. I got in there and put everything out of my mind,'' Grudzielanek said. "I was confident in my hands and just trusted my reactions. Anytime you get a hit that puts the team in a good situation, you have to feel happy about it.''

    Marquis Grissom homered his first two times up and Shawn Green homered in his third straight game for the Dodgers, who used the long ball to score all of their runs and win their third straight.

    "It's obviously a big win for us,'' said Eric Karros, who had a key pinch-hit single during the winning rally. "I mean, it may even have been better for us to win it in the fashion that we did, just because it created a lot more excitement.''

    Paul Shuey (1-1) got his first NL victory despite giving up Burrell's fourth career slam, which put Philadelphia ahead 6-4. All four runs were unearned because the homer followed shortstop Alex Cora's fielding error on Placido Polanco's slow bouncer with two outs.

    "I've given up grand slams, but I don't think I've given up a home run on my curveball before. So that in itself is a good shock to your system,'' Shuey said. "When Burrell hit that ball, my heart sunk lower than anybody else in that stadium. But Grud said, 'It's OK.' He said it after his home run -- not before.''

    Burrell's home run was his 29th this season. The Phillies entered 18-for-107 (.168) with the bases loaded, the worst percentage in the majors.

    "Shuey's throwing 95-96 mph and painting the outside corner, and there wasn't much I could do with it. But luckily I got a pitch to hit,'' Burrell said.

    "I was real high after that because we had a two-run lead with two outs in the eighth, but then things started to unravel. It was crazy. I guess that's the nature of the game. But, man, it seems like it's happened to us a lot.''

    Timlin (3-4) relieved Rheal Cormier with one on and two outs in the bottom of the eighth and gave up Karros' single. Grudzielanek then drove an 0-2 pitch to center field -- making him 4-for-7 lifetime against Timlin with three homers and six RBI.

    "I don't know if he's ever hit a home run to win a game before, but I haven't seen it here,'' Karros said. "That was a huge at-bat -- 0-2 and he goes to dead center.''

    Eric Gagne, the fifth Dodgers pitcher, worked a perfect ninth for his 38th save in 40 attempts. Opponents are batting .175 against the right-hander this season.

    "Watching him pitch last year, it baffled me the way he kept getting hit the way he did,'' said Phillies pitcher Terry Adams, who spent the previous two seasons with the Dodgers. "He's got three nasty pitches, he throws 95 and above with a curveball and changeup that look unhittable. It's real nice to see him flourish like he has.''

    Philadelphia starter Brett Myers allowed four runs and seven hits over seven innings in his rematch with Omar Daal, who homered off the right-hander last Sunday at Philadelphia in the Dodgers' 4-3 victory. Myers left in the eighth for a pinch-hitter with his team trailing 4-2.

    Daal allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. The left-hander, who lost 19 games two years ago with the Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks, was aided by four double plays.

    Grissom, who opened the scoring in the first inning with a first-pitch homer, hit his second of the night and fourth of the season in the third to tie it at 2. Myers walked the next batter, Adrian Beltre, and Green followed with an opposite-field drive to left for his 33rd homer.

    Grissom had his sixth multihomer game, the sixth of his career and first since May 26 at Arizona -- when he connected twice off Randy Johnson.

    Game notes

    Dodgers ace Kevin Brown, in perhaps his final tuneup before coming off the DL, threw 86 pitches over six innings at Edmonton in a rehab start for Triple-A Las Vegas. He allowed a run and five hits, struck out four and walked one. ... Myers has allowed seven homers over 25 innings this season in his first four major league starts. ... Paul Lo Duca's eighth-inning single ended his 0-for-16 drought. ... Philadelphia has lost three straight road games after winning eight of its previous 10 away from Veterans Stadium. ... Dodgers LF Brian Jordan missed the game because of a stiff back.

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