SAN DIEGO(AP) Not even a ninth-inning collapse could stop the
Los Angeles Dodgers
hit a leadoff homer in the 13th inning to help the Dodgers rebound after giving up five runs in the ninth and wasting a six-run
lead to beat the
San Diego Padres
7-6 on Sunday.
failed to protect a 6-2 lead, giving up three runs, including rookie
's tying two-run single.
''We had to win,'' Los Angeles manager
said. ''I guess this is the product of the fact that we have played so many close games. Even though we were emotionally drained
after that ninth inning, we go out there and worked at it.''
The Dodgers have the majors' best winning percentage in one-run games at .692 (18-8). Los Angeles (52-30) also has the best
record in the big leagues.
''I'm just thankful we got the win,'' said Dodgers starter
, who was named to his first All-Star game Sunday. ''That's all that matters. We could have really gotten down on ourselves.''
Loney hit his sixth homer of the season into the right-field seats off
(2-4) to help the Dodgers win on a day when
didn't start for the first time since he returned from a 50-game drug suspension on Friday. Manager
said he wanted Ramirez to rest his legs after being out so long.
The outfielder pinch hit in the 11th inning against
and was robbed of a hit by right fielder
's sliding catch.
''I was looking fastball and I got it,'' Loney said. ''I'm not thinking about hitting a home run, but I am thinking about
driving the ball.''
Said Mujica: ''I tried to throw it more toward the middle, but the ball moved inside and he put a good swing on it.''
(5-2) pitched three hitless innings for the win. He intentionally walked
with one out and none on in the 13th inning to bring up pitcher
, who sacrificed him over to second. The Padres had no position players left so they brought him in to bunt.
Weaver struck out rookie
to end the game.
''Weaver did a great job,'' Torre said. ''He's been so good for us. There's a certain calmness when he comes in the game.''
Los Angeles pounded out 18 hits and took a 6-0 lead in the fifth. But the Dodgers tied a season high by stranding 14 runners,
including twice leaving the bases loaded.
The rally ruined a masterful game by Billingsley, who carried a two-hitter into the ninth inning.
Billingsley was three outs away from his third career complete game and first of the season when
led off the ninth with a home run and Tony Gwynn Jr. doubled. Broxton replaced Billingsley and issued a one-out walk to
He gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter
with two outs before he walked
to load the bases. Broxton then walked Alfonzo for another run that cut the lead to 6-4. Broxton ran the count full before
Cabrera chopped a ball up the middle to score two runs.
As Alfonzo went from first to third on the hit, he overslid the bag and was tagged for the final out.
''I just didn't have it,'' Broxton said. ''I can't afford to give up base on balls.''
Billingsley dominated the Padres through eight innings. Billingsley, who struck out five and did not walk a batter, also hit
his first major league homer in 154 at-bats, a solo shot off
in the fifth and had two hits.
Billingsley was charged with three runs on four hits, including a solo homer to
in the fifth.
hit a three-run homer and
added a solo shot for the Dodgers, who increased their lead in the NL West to 7 1/2 games over second-place San Francisco.
NOTES: San Diego's comeback was similar to a 6-5 win over the Dodgers on June 7, 2007, when the Padres scored five runs in
the bottom of the ninth off Broxton for the win. ... Billingsley's homer was the first by an opposing pitcher against San
Diego since Andy Pettite hit one against
Chan Ho Park
on Aug. 11, 2006, at Houston. ... Kouzmanoff had gone hitless in his previous 21 at-bats before he homered into the second
deck in left field.