Pitching smothers Mets

The Dodgers rang up their fourth win of the young season by smothering the New York Mets 6-2 as Wilson Alvarez (1-0), Edwin Jackson, Jose Lima and Augustin Montero allowed six hits and struck out nine. As a group they allowed only a single walk. <br><br>

Jolbert Cabrera and James Loney slipped back into mortality, losing perfect 1.000 averages but Loney double home a run to keep his average at a spectacular .857. He has six runs batted in in only seven official times at bat and has been on base nine times.

Rookie Franklin Gutierrez singled twice and knocked in three runs. Bubba Trammel singled and doubled, scoring one and knocking in one and Olmedo Saenz singled twice with a run and an RBI.

The Dodgers built a 4-1 margin after three, scoring three PDP (Paul DePodesta) runs. The new Dodger General manager stresses plate discipline that results in either walks or swinging selective at only strikes.

David Ross walked in the second, moved to second on a single by Bubba Trammel (his first hit as a Dodger) and scored when Franklin Gutierrez singled him across.

After the Mets tied on a home run in the bottom of the second, but in the top of the third, Loney was hit by a pitch, Olmedo Saenz singled and Ross walked again to load the bases. Trammel walked to force in the first run and Gutierrez singled again, knocking in two more runs.

Los Angeles stretched the lead to 6-1 in the fourth when Cabrera, after banging four homers in his first six trips to the plate, he popped up and struck out before living on an error.

Looney, who had also lost his glossy batting average with a ground out in the first inning, slammed a long double to make it 5-1. Saenz's single scored the sixth, and final, Dodger run of the game.

Wilson Alvarez, perhaps the best pitcher on the staff down the stretch in 2003, worked the first inning and while he allowed four hits, only a solo home run hurt him. He walked on and fanned three, collecting his first win of the spring.

Young Edwin Jackson lived up to his press clippings, retiring nine straight Mets from the third inning through the sixth. He fanned three without walking anyone.

Jose Lima took over in the seventh and allowed a run in the eighth before giving way to Ogustin Montero who worked the ninth.