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Dodgers walk off with 3rd straight over D'backs

Garret Anderson came up in the 10th inning with a runner at second base and a chance to win the game. He struck out, and the crowd predictably booed.

Garret Anderson came up in the 10th inning with a runner at second base and a chance to win the game. He struck out, and the crowd predictably booed.

The 17-year veteran went hitless in his first five at-bats before his RBI single with two outs in the 14th inning gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 victory over Arizona yesterday at Dodger Stadium.

"I don't mind hearing boos when I'm out there not doing the things I'm capable of. I've had that before, and it was well-deserved," Anderson said after his hit sent the D-Backs to their 10th straight loss. "I mean, I wasn't getting some things done. But I just try to contribute as much as I can. Fortunately I was able to do something today when it counted."

Matt Kemp led off the 14th with a single, advanced to second on a one-out wild pitch by rookie Cesar Valdez (1-2) and took third on James Loney's groundout before Anderson sliced a 2-2 pitch to left-center. Centerfielder Chris Young made a backhanded diving attempt, but second-base umpire Alfonso Marquez correctly ruled that he trapped the ball.

"You always think the same thing - when is it going to end? Not if it's going to end," Anderson said. "Those kind of thoughts do creep into your mind when you get to the 13th, 14th inning. It was just well-timed. I saw it hit the grass. I didn't have to look for the umpire to say that it wasn't a catch."

Travis Schlichting (1-0) allowed four hits over four innings of relief to get his first major league victory.

A day after the Dodgers won 1-0 on Kemp's home run in the 10th, the Diamondbacks completed an 0-9 trip to Colorado, San Francisco and Dodger Stadium. It marked their first winless road swing of more than six games.

In the series opener, the D-Backs lost 5-4 on a game-ending balk by Esmerling Vasquez. Arizona's losing streak is its longest since 2004, when it had three droughts of nine of more - including a franchise-record 14-game stretch.

"These losses were about as painful as you can get against a big rival of yours," manager A.J. Hinch said. "Those were three walkoffs. I wouldn't wish this road trip on anybody. We have an off-day [today], which we all need, and then we need to try to correct it at home, at a place where we get to bat last."

In other games:

* At San Diego, Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam with one out in the 11th inning to lift the Padres to a 5-1 win over the New York Mets, who wasted another strong performance by Johan Santana.

_ At Pittsburgh, the Cubs-Pirates game was postponed due to unplayable field conditions along the warning track after a rain delay of 3 hours, 12 minutes.

_ At St. Louis, Chris Carpenter beat Cincinnati for the eighth straight start, allowing four hits in eight innings as the Cardinals pulled into a first-place tie with the Reds in the NL Central with a 4-1 victory.

* At Houston, Carlos Lee hit a two-run home run, Wandy Rodriguez (3-7) snapped his three-game losing streak and the Astros beat the Washington Nationals, 5-1.


* Cubs announcer Ron Santo has returned to Chicago after being released from a Pittsburgh hospital, where he stayed overnight following the Cubs-Pirates game on Monday.

* The San Diego Padres activated outfielder Scott Hairston from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Luis Durango to Triple A Portland.

* St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire missed his second straight game, a day after his wife gave birth to triplets.