Braves Top Dodgers 9-8 in Rain-Shortened Game

<b>VERO BEACH, Florida</b>--Rain nor sleet nor dark of night may not stay the postman from his appointed rounds but the Dodgers and Braves battled through pretty much the same sort of weather Thursday before a booming triple and a single through a drawn-in infield gave Atlanta a 9-8, eight-inning victory before a handful of wet and chilled fans.

But the Dodgers lost more than a game when it was reported that outfielder Jayson Werth would be sidelined for two weeks with a chipped bone in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch in the opening game.

Originally it was reported that there was no break but a CT Scan revealed a 6 mm by 10 mm chip. He will not be cast but will be limited in his workouts. He cannot swing a bat or catch a ball until he is checked again in about two weeks.

Dodger trainer Stan Johnson could not say if he would be ready by opening day.

The Braves banged away at starter Jeff Weaver, who was up in the strike zone, scoring a pair in the first and six in the third KOing the Dodger starter with seven hits, including five extra base knocks, three coming from former Dodgers Brian Jordan and Raul Mondesi.

Atlanta led 6-0 before the Dodgers got their first baserunner, a walk to Antonio Perez in the bottom of the third. He scored moments later on a single up the middle by Cesar Izturis.

D.J. Houlton took over for Weaver in the third and worked two more innings, displaying a biting curveballl and allowing two tainted runs on four hits. He was followed by Ryan Rupe who allowed the winning run in the seventh, and Yhency Brazoban, who worked a scoreless eighth.

Both managers agreed that the players and fans had suffered the elements long enough and mercifully opted to omit the ninth inning.

Perez singled in the Dodgers' second run in the fourth, then with the non-starters in the game, Los Angeles ran six across the plate to tie the game 8-8. RBI singled by Tydus Meadows and Tony Schrager, an RBI double by Joe Thurston and a booming triple by Henri Stanley, good for two more runs.

L.A. had a chance to take the lead after the tying triple but David Ross lined into a double play to end the inning.

Jason Repko singled and doubled, becoming the first Dodger to get a pair of hits in a single game in this young season.

As the last fans slogged out of Holman Stadium, the public address played "California Dreamin' "

The Dodgers travel to Orlando to joust the Braves again today, travel to St. Lucie to meet the Mets on Saturday and then return to Holman for a game with Baltimore on Sunday.

Blue Notes--Brooklyn first baseman Gil Hodges received 65% of the Veterans' Committee vote, short of the obligatory 75% needed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Shortstop Maury Wills received 32% of the votes and Pitcher Don Newcombe 10%. With 83 a whopping committee Members now voting, we may have seen the last Vets Committee inductee. … Red Sox fans have sprung up everywhere, wearing the Big B on their caps and Red jerseys. Sox guru -- made his appearance in Dodgertown on Tuesday. It is the only team in the major leagues that has its own sports network, the Entertainment, Sports and Boston Network, ESBN (formerly ESPN).