Dodgers 4, Royals 3

Wednesday, June 4th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- D.J. Carrasco walked Adrian Beltre with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday night, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Shawn Green started the winning rally by drawing a one-out walk, and he went to second one out later when Carrasco threw a wild pitch.

Carrasco (3-4) intentionally walked Fred McGriff, then hit Jolbert Cabrera with a pitch to load the bases. Carrasco's full-count pitch to Beltre was high, giving the Dodgers the victory.

Eric Gagne (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.

By winning for just the second time in seven games, the Dodgers moved within three games of the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants, who lost to Minnesota.

The slumping Royals have lost nine of 11 and trail the AL Central-leading Twins by 41/2 games. At 27-28, Kansas City has a losing record for the first time this season.

The Royals took a 2-0 lead against Odalis Perez in the sixth. Desi Relaford and Joe Randa singled to start the inning, and Relaford scored on Mike Sweeney's groundout. Raul Ibanez followed with an RBI double.

The Dodgers tied it in their half. Brian Jordan and McGriff greeted reliever Jason Gilfillan by hitting first-pitch singles, and Jordan scored on shortstop Angel Berroa's error. McGriff came home on Beltre's groundout.

Berroa hit his fourth homer to start the seventh and put the Royals ahead, but the Dodgers tied it against Sean Lowe in their half when Paul Lo Duca scored on McGriff's double play.

Jeremy Affeldt blanked the Dodgers on six hits through five innings while walking two and striking out five. Perez went seven innings, allowing seven hits and three runs while walking none and striking out seven.

The Dodgers got two hits in the second, third and fourth innings, but Affeldt pitched out of trouble each time. Jordan struck out with the bases loaded to end the third.

Notes: An announced crowd of 26,409 watched the first interleague game of the season at Dodger Stadium.

The Royals have a 42-62 interleague record -- worst of any AL team.

The UCLA women's softball team, which won the NCAA championship last month, was honored before the game.

Sweeney was hitless in four at-bats to end a 33-game streak in which he had reached base safely. He also had his nine-game hitting streak snapped.

Lo Duca went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games. He is 24-for-49 during the streak -- longest by a Los Angeles player since Beltre had a 17-game streak in September 2001.

Randa had two doubles and a single.

Dodgers C Todd Hundley, on the disabled list since May 4, will undergo surgery on his lower back Thursday. He is expected to be sidelined at least eight more weeks.

Dodgers LHP Troy Brohawn, on the disabled list since May 13 because of tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, underwent surgery Tuesday.