San Francisco (62-73) at Los Angeles (61-75)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Mon Sep 5, 2005
  • TV: ESPN, FSN2
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Jeff Kent will look to continue swinging a hot bat when the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series with the surging San Francisco Giants.

Kent became the all-time leader in grand slams by a second baseman when he hit his 13th during the Dodgers’ 7-6 loss to Colorado on Sunday. After the game, he was more concerned about his team being swept by the lowly Rockies than any record he might have set.

“This hurts and there are guys in this clubhouse that are a little embarrassed,” Kent said. “The Rockies scored a ton of runs in the series and we couldn’t keep pace.”

The Dodgers were outscored 29-10 in the series and finished their road trip 2-4.

Kent hit .400 (10-for-25) with two homers and nine RBIs during the trip. He has driven in 85 of his 93 runs this season as a second baseman, a club record for the position. The previous record was 83, set by Charlie Neal in 1959.

“Does it matter?” Kent said when asked about the records. “It’s all about contributing to a world championship.”

Los Angeles again failed to pick up ground on first-place San Diego, which lost 3-2 in Milwaukee on Sunday.

Opening a nine-game homestand, the Dodgers hope Derek Lowe can build on one of his best efforts of the year when he takes the ball Monday. The 32-year-old right-hander threw a one-hitter in Los Angeles’ 7-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

Lowe credited his dominant effort to moving to the first-base side of the mound during his delivery. He said he has also avoided blister problems by changing his grip on certain pitches.

“I can’t tell you the difference,” Lowe said. “Not just the results, but the feel of being able to command the outer half (of the plate) against right-handers and inside for left-handers. It’s fun to be able to go out there and feel like you have a better chance of having success.”

San Francisco is coming off its fifth straight win, 3-2 over Arizona on Sunday.

Randy Winn scored twice and drove in a run for the second-place Giants, who have won seven of eight to move within 5 1/2 games of San Diego.

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