Dodger relievers thumped by Expos

The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead into the sixth, allowed a run and then saw the Expos score six more in the seventh to hand Los Angeles their fourth loss in succession. In the final three losses they have been outscored 29-11..

Odalis Perez, Darren Dreifort and Eric Gagne had held Montreal to a single hit, that coming by former Dodger Peter Bergeron leading off the first inning. The Dodgers jumped into an early lead when Jason Romano, Joe Thurston and Adrian Beltré singled in succession for a 1-0 lead. Shawn Green doubled in a second run but Beltré was nailed at the plate by a throw from left field. They added a third run in the fifth when Wilkin Ruan, hitting for Gagne, walked and stole second. Romano banged his second hit, moving Ruan to third and he scored on a scorching ground ball to first base. Perez started for the first time and sparkled, allowing one single (erased when Koyie Hill threw him out stealing) and struck out three. Dreifort followed, working for the first time since the middle of 2003. Except for a pair of walks, he pitched a scoreless inning with three ground balls. Gagne, who has said he feels great and will need only 10 innings to be ready for the season, smothered three Expos in succession, fanning the third one. Masao Kida worked a scoreless fifth before rookie Orlando Rodriguez took over and allowed a run on a walk and a pair of scratch infield hits, pitching out of a bases loaded situation. Then the roof fell in on Rodney Myers (0-1), who was battered in the seventh inning, giving up six runs and the game. Bill Simas and Duaner Sanchez pitched well but it was too late. Koyie Hill singled and doubled on his 25th birthday. Shawn Green smacked a pair of singled and knocked in a run. Jason Romano had two singles. However, the Dodgers didn't score over the final four innings and have been outscored