Homers key win over Florida

The Dodgers and Marlins engaged in a unique game that saw seven extra-base hits including four home runs and three triples -- but no doubles -- Los Angeles earned a 9-6 win. Trailing 4-2 in the last of the fourth, Jason Romano launched a long shot into a squirming group of Vero Beach grade schoolers, part of 2,700 youngsters who were guests of the Dodgers.

Two outs later, following singles by Shawn Green and Paul Lo Duca, Juan Encarnacion slugged a long shot off the left-field scoreboard for the Dodgers first lead of the game, one they held onto to record their seventh win of the exhibition season against 10 losses.

Jeff Weaver (1-1) earned his first Dodger win, pitching four strong innings, allowing three hits and a single run. However, in the middle of his time on the mound, he suffered through a five-hit, three run second inning that erased an early 1-0 Dodger lead.

Romano had led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a perfect bunt that rolled down the line until it bumped into the third base bag. Romano scored when Adrian Beltré lived on an error for the early lead..

Thurston tripled and scored on a ground ball by Green in the second to cut the lead to 3-2. Florida tacked a run on the board in the fourth and thus it went into the last of the fifth when the Dodgers scored four times.

L.A. added two in the seventh when Thurston was hit by a pitch, Beltré lived on an error and Koyie Hill singled for a 7-4 lead. Beltré scored later in the inning when Olmedo Saenz struck out and reached on an ensuing wild pitch.

Wilson Alvarez worked smoothly through the sixth and seventh inning, mixing his pitches like a master. In he eighth he allowed a single and with two out made his only mistake of the day. The resulting home run cut the lead to 8-6.

An insurance run scored in the last of the eighth when Eric Riggs pounded a triple to the fence in right-center. He scored on a ground ball by Thurston.

Paul Shuey masterfully pitched around an opening walk to earn the save.