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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Take a Break from Losing

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LA Dodgers defeat Houston Astros 4-2 (11 innings). After making a great catch then missing a great catch in left field in the bottom of the tenth, Jay Gibbons belted a two-run homer to give the Dodgers the uncharacteristic victory. Lost in this long and droning game thanks to all the pitching changes were Dodger starter Hiroki Kuroda’s six innings of one-run work which included getting out a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning. Kuroda actually left the game in line to win, but after Ronald Belisario gave up a one-out double to Brett Wallace in the seventh inning George Sherrill gave up an RBI single to Michael Bourn to tie the game until the fateful 11th.

LA Angels defeat Seattle Mariners 4-3 (14 innings). Two nights after blowing a ninth inning save which sent the game to sixteen innings against the Cleveland Indians, it looked like closer Fernando Rodney would have a little more wiggle room to work with a 3-1 lead. But after allowing one run to score on Jose Lopez’s double, he gave up another RBI double to Casey Kotchman down the left field line that tied the game. Jered Weaver went eight innings giving up a run on five innings for the Angels. Bobby Abreu ended the nonsense with one swing in the 14th inning.

Chivas USA defeat New England Revolution 2-0. Justin Braun and his team-leading ninth goal of the season helped get Chivas out of the Western Conference cellar.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

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LA Dodgers (70-72) at Houston Astros (67-74). John Ely (4-7, 4.63 ERA) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (11-12, 3.77 ERA). 4:10 pm KCAL9, AM 790 KABC.

Seattle Mariners (55-86) at LA Angels (68-73). Felix Hernandez (11-10, 2.30 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (15-9, 4.02 ERA). 6:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.

Virginia Cavaliers (1-0, 0-0 ACC) at #16 USC Trojans (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10). 7:30 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 710 KSPN.

#25 Stanford Cardinal (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) at UCLA Bruins (0-1, 0-0 Pac-10). 7:30 pm ESPN, AM 570 KLAC.

Columbus Crew (44 pts, 13-5-5) at LA Galaxy (44 pts, 13-5-5). 7:30 pm FSWest (delayed until 9:30 pm), AM 1150 KTLK, AM 1220 KWKU (en español).