LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mike Edwards delivered the ultimate make-good
hit, two nights after his throwing error cost the Los Angeles
Dodgers a victory.
The three-run rally allowed the Dodgers to take two of three
from the Giants, who trail NL West-leading San Diego by six games.
"We've been coming from behind for a long time and we have
plenty of games to play," Giants closer Armando Benitez said.
Third baseman Edwards' throwing error led to the Giants scoring
the go-ahead run in a 3-1 victory Monday night.
"Some days it's not going to go your way, so you have to stay
positive," he said. "This is one of the better moments in my
Benitez (1-2) came on in the ninth and walked pinch-hitter Ricky
Ledee with one out before Robles drove a 2-2 pitch into the lower
seats in the right-field corner for his second homer of the season.
"I knew if I hit a grounder, the game is over," Robles said.
"I hit it pretty good."
Benitez walked Jeff Kent before he was replaced by rookie Jeremy
Accardo. The right-hander, who gave up Kent's game-ending homer
Tuesday night, fielded a comebacker by Olmedo Saenz on a
hit-and-run play and tried for the force at second, but threw the
ball into center field, putting Kent at third.
"This is a little trial for him to test his toughness, but his
stuff is right," catcher Mike Matheny said of Accardo. "He's got
the kind of stuff where you want him on the mound. He's going to be
very good. It just depends on how quickly he learns how to adjust
himself during times like these."
An intentional walk to Jose Cruz Jr. loaded the bases for
Edwards, who lined a 3-2 pitch to right-center with the infield and
outfield playing in. He was 0-for-4 prior to that, and also went
0-for-4 in the Dodgers' win Tuesday night.
"With one out, you got to look for a pitch you really want to
drive," Edwards said.
Yhency Brazoban (4-8) got the victory, pitching a scoreless
Cruz drove in four runs with a pair of homers, the second of
which cut San Francisco's lead to 8-6 in the eighth.
"A lot of young people participated again tonight and are
beginning to sow their oats and respond to pressure-type
situations," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
Giants starter Jason Schmidt gave up four runs and three hits in
4 1-3 innings, struck out five and walked three before he strained
his right groin while pitching to Robles.
"I had a rough first inning, then was just starting to settle
in and was putting the ball where I wanted," Schmidt said. "Then,
bam. When I wake up tomorrow, it could be a whole different
The Dodgers' Jeff Weaver allowed six runs and six hits in 6 2-3
innings, struck out five and walked two.
The Giants tied the game at 5 on Matheny's three-run homer off
Weaver, who gave up a leadoff single to Pedro Feliz and then hit
Todd Linden. One batter later, Randy Winn connected on an 0-1 pitch
to give the Giants a 6-5 lead.
Los Angeles loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but
Scott Eyre struck out Saenz to end the inning.
San Francisco extended its lead to 8-5 in the eighth when Elmer
Dessens gave up a RBI double to Feliz and a run-scoring single to
The Dodgers scored four runs in the first to erase a 2-0
deficit. Robles doubled into the right-field corner to score Jayson
Werth, who walked.
Kent walked, then Cruz hit a 2-0 pitch from Schmidt into
right-center field, extending the Dodgers' lead to 4-2.
Cruz homered again in the eighth off Eyre, his 15th of the
season and first right-handed.
Schmidt struck out Werth to open the fifth before being replaced
by Jeff Fassero, who struck out Robles. Then Kent hit his 27th
homer, which barely cleared the left-field wall, making it 5-2.
Cruz hit his first 14 homers this season left-handed,
although he is a natural right-hander. It was the third time a
Dodger has homered from both sides of the plate this season, with
OF Milton Bradley doing it April 18 and May 13. ... The Giants
activated RHP Tyler Walker from the DL and he appeared in relief.
... James Denton, who co-stars on ABC's "Desperate Housewives,"
tossed out the ceremonial first pitch, easily getting the ball over
the plate to 2B Kent.