LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jason Phillips had to chuckle when asked what
was going through his mind when he looked toward first base umpire
Adam Dowdy after trying to check his swing on a 1-2 pitch.
"I wasn't really thinking at that point, just hoping for the
best," Phillips replied.
He got it.
Dowdy gave the safe sign, indicating no swing, and after taking
ball three and fouling a pitch away, Phillips hit an RBI single to
cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted
the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco
Giants on Saturday.
Phillips seemed to be the only person who believed he held up on
But he didn't sound very convincing.
"I checked my swing, that's what the umpire said," Phillips
replied when asked if he had gone around. "Maybe the worm has
turned for the Dodgers. It feels good to win."
The Dodgers hadn't done that since July 6, having lost their
last four games before the All-Star break and their first two after
it. The win was just their eighth in the last 29 games.
"I think we got a break," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said,
referring to Dowdy's decision. "That's something that hasn't come
our way lately."
The Dodgers entered the ninth with only one hit since the third,
and Tyler Walker (2-2) retired the first two batters before
pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz drew a four-pitch walk. Oscar Robles
followed with a single to center, and Cesar Izturis grounded an 0-2
pitch off the first base bag and into the right field corner for an
RBI double to tie it.
Izturis had only seven hits in his previous 90 at-bats when he
came to the plate in the ninth.
Jeff Kent was walked intentionally before Phillips hit a
grounder into right field. Phillips thrust his fist into the air in
celebration after the ball got past diving second baseman Ray
Durham, and his teammates swarmed the field.
The blown save was just the third for Walker in 18 chances.
The Giants were furious with Dowdy, a 30-year-old summer
replacement called up from the minors to replace vacationing
"I saw a swing," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "I didn't
see it on national TV. I was there. All of us were there. We saw
it. But we dug our own hole."
Several San Francisco players surrounded a television monitor in
the clubhouse and watched the alleged checked swing over and over.
"If that's a checked swing, then they should rewrite the ruling
in the rule book," first baseman J.T. Snow said. "I had just as
good a look as the first base ump. It should be interesting
tomorrow because he'll be behind the plate. So we'll see what
The Giants were informed after the game that the umpires had
ejected Alou, his son, Moises, a San Francisco outfielder, catcher
Yorvit Torrealba and shortstop Deivi Cruz, meaning a report will be
Rookie Steve Schmoll (2-0) pitched two perfect innings and
struck out three to earn the victory. The loss was the third in
nine games for the Giants.
San Francisco took a 4-3 lead in the sixth on Michael Tucker's
two-out, RBI single off Odalis Perez. The Giants didn't have
another baserunner after that as Perez, Giovanni Carrara and
Schmoll combined to retire the last 10 batters.
The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the second on doubles by Moises
Alou and Cruz and a single by Snow.
The Dodgers got a run back in their half off Brett Tomko on an
RBI single by Jason Repko, and took a 3-2 lead in the third on a
two-out, run-scoring single by Jayson Werth that snapped an
0-for-21 drought and another RBI single by Repko.
Cruz hit another double to start the fourth, and scored one out
later on a single by Jason Ellison to tie it at 3.
Perez, making his third start since coming off the disabled list
after missing 46 games because of soreness in his pitching
shoulder, allowed nine hits and four runs in six innings. He hasn't
won since April 29.
Tomko gave up six hits and three runs in six innings while
walking two, striking out four and making 110 pitches. He didn't
allow a hit in his final 3 1/3 innings.
Giants 3B Edgardo Alfonzo, sidelined since June 13 with a
strained left quadriceps, was supposed to begin a rehab assignment
Saturday night with Triple-A Fresno, but the team was informed
early in the day he had tweaked his neck, delaying the rehab plans
temporarily. ... Dodgers OF Milton Bradley began a rehab assignment
with Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday night and grounded out twice
while playing five innings. He's been out since May 30 with a torn
ligament in his right ring finger. ... The Giants rank eighth in
the NL in runs scored despite having the league's leading batting
average with runners in scoring position, second-leading average
overall and fewest strikeouts. ... Dodgers utilityman Mike Edwards
singled in the second to snap an 0-for-16 drought, and singled
again and scored in third.