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"We somehow find a way to have more runs than they do at the end of the game," said Wolf. "I wouldn't say we're dominating, but we play a good team game. Team wins are the most important thing. We don't need to do it by a lot."And they don't. This was their 16th one-run victory, which leads the league (13-2 at home). Meanwhile, they lead the division by nine games and are a season-high 21 games above .500 as they head to Anaheim for a Freeway Series with the Angels. After the game, Wolf spoke in a voice left hoarse from his six-week coughing siege. While bloodwork hasn't come back with a specific diagnosis, he said the chest X-ray was negative and his lungs are clear. The Dodgers gave Wolf a 2-1 lead on Orlando Hudson's fifth home run and Juan Pierre's RBI single in the fifth inning. But the A's tied the game off Cory Wade in the seventh by stealing a run off Pierre. Wade hit Rajai Davis with a pitch with one out and former Dodger Nomar Garciaparra lobbed a pinch-single down the left-field line. Davis motored to third and when Pierre threw to second to keep Garciaparra from advancing, a heads-up Davis sprinted home and beat Hudson's throw. It was up to Loretta's RBI pinch-single in the seventh inning to cash in James Loney's double to break the tie. Loretta was hitless in his previous 14 pinch at-bats. With the victory, Torre broke a tie with Sparky Anderson on the all-time list and now trails Connie Mack (3,731), John McGraw (2,763), Tony La Russa (2,497) and Bobby Cox (2,357). "If you told me a dozen years ago I'd be in this rarified air, I'd say you're full of baloney," Torre said. "I started out way under .500 when I took over the Yankees. I thank George Steinbrenner for putting me in this position. I've admired Sparky for years. I'm proud to be in that company." Troncoso picked up his third save in place of Jonathan Broxton, out a second game with a sore big toe but expected back Friday night. For Troncoso, he bounced back after allowing four runs and two homers to the A's on Tuesday night, going back to his sinker after tinkering too much with a breaking ball. "That was two days ago," Troncoso said, speaking like a veteran closer. "Today's a new game, tomorrow's a new game too. The home runs, that was a terrible inning. But that's over." Troncoso followed Ronald Belisario, who pitched 1 1/3 innings in this game, 1 1/3 innings Wednesday night and one inning Tuesday night, allowing only one infield hit. "I'll have to promise him a day off tomorrow," said Torre.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.