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Martin’s 10th Inning Homer Lifts Dodgers

August 14, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Russell Martin homered to lead off the 10th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants 1-0 on Sunday night after Greg Maddux and Jason Schmidt matched zeros for eight innings.

Martin drove a 1-0 pitch from Chulk (0-1) over the fence in left field for his sixth homer.

Takashi Saito (5-2) intentionally walked Barry Bonds with one out and nobody on in the top of the 10th, then retired Moises Alou and Shea Hillenbrand.

The NL West-leading Dodgers have won 15 of 16 games, making their 1-13 skid after the All-Star break a distant memory. The three-game sweep was their first against the Giants at Dodger Stadium since September 1989 and it kept their lead over San Diego at 1 1/2 games.

The Giants have dropped 16 of 19 and 13 of 14 on the road. They are a season-worst nine games under .500, and have slipped 7 1/2 games off the pace.

In a game reminiscent of those classic 1960s duels between the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and the Giants’ Juan Marichal, Maddux and Schmidt were dominant.

Maddux was at his economical best, throwing just 68 pitches (50 strikes) and retiring his last 22 batters after giving up singles to two of his first three batters. He did not walk a batter. Schmidt gave up five hits, struck out nine and walked one while throwing 115 pitches.

Maddux’s string of outs began with Bonds’ vicious liner back to the box, which Maddux snared and turned into a double play with Ray Durham unable to get back to first.

Maddux, still stuck on 328 career victories, joined the Dodgers in a July 31 trade with the Chicago Cubs and has allowed only two runs and nine hits over 20 innings.

Bonds was 0-for-3 with a walk, extending his home run drought to 25 consecutive at-bats since hitting his 724th home run on Aug. 4 against Colorado.

The seven-time NL MVP was hitless in three at-bats against Maddux, and is 34-for-123 lifetime against the four-time Cy Young award. This was the first matchup between a pitcher with 300 or more wins and a hitter with 700 or more home runs.

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