Bats hot as Dodgers drop Mets

Ricky Bell, entering the game in the fifth inning with the Dodgers trailing 7-3, slugged a two-run pinch-hit home run, then added a single and a two-run double was Los Angeles broke a four-game losing streak by topping the Mets 11-9 in a slugfest.

Bell was the only Dodger with more than a single hit, although Luis Garcia and Adrian Beltre slammed home runs, Dave Roberts added a triple and Jason Romano, Jolbert Cabrara, James Loney and Koyie Hill collected doubles among the 13 Los Anngeles hits.

The Mets tapped starter Taylon Sturtze for three home runs in his four-innning stint. Roberts had tripled and scored on Romano's fly ball in the first for a brief, 2-1 lead. NY tied in the third and led 4-1 into the last of the fourth.

Beltre slugged a long shot down the left field line that was just foul, then hit the next pitch high and long down the line that just just fair for his first homer of the spring.

NY added four runs -- three earned -- off Paul Shuey in the fifth and led 7-3.

Keyed by Bell's homer Los Angeles roared back for five in the last of the inning as Romano and Robin Ventura had RBI hits and the Mets helped out with a pair of errors, tying the game 8-8.

Steve Colyer battled control problems but pitched a pair of shutout innings. The Dodger scored three in the seventh when Loney ned Hill doubled, Ryan Kellner was hit by a pitch and Bell's two-run double.

Brian Falkenborg allowed a run in his first appearance this spring and Yhency Brazoban worked a scoreless ninth to earn the save, his second.

The win boosted the Dodgers' record to 6-8, broke a four-game losing streak and losses in eight of the previous nine games.

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