Hello first place (again): Dodgers 2, D-backs 1

Sure, the boys stranded a dozen baserunners, but two of those were Olmedo Saenz and Jeff Kent, who were left standing after Saenz’s two-out single off Brandon Lyon in the ninth let Rafael Furcal jog home from third with the winning run. Predictably, that 1-0 lead didn’t hold up after the Dodgers blew so many chances to increase it. But all’s well that ends well. Chin-hui Tsao was unhittable once again, pitching a perfect seventh, and Takashi Saito turned in a perfect ninth. Tsao has now retired the past 21 batters he has faced, Saito the past 10 batters he has faced. Dodgers go to 16-11 and move a half-game in front of the Snakes atop the division. … Early wakeup call tomorrow, as we start at 10 past noon. See ya then.

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