Late Home Runs Undo Dodger Pitching

<b>PORT ST. LUICE, Florida</b>--Los Angeles pitchers made three mistakes Saturday afternoon in St. Lucie, allowing a one-, two- and three-run homer in a 6-4 loss. The Dodgers led 4-2 into the seventh before the Mets' power took over.

Starter Edwin Jackson allowed a walk and a homer in the first but then pitched well, shutting down the New Yorkers in the second and third. Duaner Sanchez had control problems, he walked three in two innings, but didn't give up a hit or a run.

In the meantime the Dodgers scored a run in the second when Hee-Seop Choi singled with two out and Norihiro Nakamura, who experienced visa problems leaving Japan and only recently arrived in Dodgertown, slammed a shot down the left field line that scored Choi, but the ball bounced over the fence for a ground rule double, sending the runner back to third.

Paul Bako then collected his first hit of the spring, a single, to score Choi for the second time.

Outfielder Henri Stanley opened the third with a double and scored moments later on Jeff Kent's first hit of the spring, a line-drive homer, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.

A pair of first basemen combined to record the Dodgers' fourth run when Choi shot a double down the left-field line leading off the fourth and scored on a two-out single to left by first-baseman-in-waiting James Loney.

That was it for the L.A. offense, as the final 18 hitters went down in order, save for a single by Jason Repko.

Harold Eckert looked sharp after Sanchez worked two scoreless innings and retired five in succession before a walk, a single and a three-run shot into the left field berm gave New York a 5-4 lead.

Giovanni Carrara surrendered a leadoff homer in the eighth, making the final score 6-4.

The Dodgers host the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow [Sunday].

Dodger Blue Notes--Shortstop Joel Guzman is ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect in the organization and the fourth over-all. Other Dodgers in the top 100 included RHP Chad Billingsley (19), RHP Edwin Jackson (30), 1B James Loney (62), 3B Andy LaRoche (74), C Russell Martin and LHP Greg Miller who was ranked 100th despite not pitching at all in 2004.