LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers seldom win with the long ball.
They're a good hitting team, with an NL-leading .275 batting average heading into last night's game against Pittsburgh, but home runs are for teams such as the Reds, Phillies, and Braves. Not the Dodgers.
That was before their stunning outburst Monday night, when the first four batters in the ninth inning homered to force extra innings in an 11-10, 10-inning victory over the San Diego Padres.
Nomar Garciaparra provided the icing on the cake with a two-run walkoff homer off Rudy Seanez after San Diego took a 10-9 lead in the top of the 10th.
``I've had eight years in now, and I don't think I've ever seen anything like that," said J.D. Drew, who hit one of the four.
The Dodgers entered with a league-low 131 homers, and hadn't hit more than three in a game all year. They seemed to have reached their quota entering the ninth, having already hit two.
But they still trailed San Diego, 9-5.
Many in the capacity crowd of 55,831 had left trying to beat the traffic home when Jeff Kent led off the ninth with a homer off Jon Adkins, who had given up only one in 51 1/3 innings.
Drew followed with another homer, prompting a call to the bullpen for Trevor Hoffman, who had blown only four saves in 43 opportunities this season.
But Russell Martin and Marlon Anderson hit Hoffman's first two pitches out of the park to pull the Dodgers even, marking the fourth time in major league history a team had hit four consecutive homers.