Extra Base Hits Hand Dodgers Fourth Loss

Baltimore jumped on Joel Hanrahan for three runs in the second and third innings, then held on to hand Los Angeles their fourth losses in five games by a 4-2 margin.

Scott Erickson, 37-year-old veteran bidding for a spot in the Dodgers rotation, started for the Dodgers and pitched hitless baseball for three innings, marred only by an infield error. He induced seven ground balls and left the game in a 0-0 tie.

Outfielder Jason Repko, starting in place of injured Jayson Werth, came into the game hitting .500 and singled in the third inning for the first Dodger hit.

Hanrahan took over in the bottom of the fourth inning and allowed a walk, a single and a double, good for two runs. A pair of doubles in the fifth increased the Oriole lead to 3-0.

Outfielder Chin-Feng Chen gave the Dodgers their only runs of the game in the sixth, following an Oscar Robles single with a booming homer to left field.

Buddy Carlyle, who has the only Dodger win of the spring, gave up a run in the seventh to end the scoring.

Willie Aybar gave Los Angeles their final chance by whacking a pair of singles while playing in relief of second baseman Jeff Kent.

The Dodgers have an unusual split-squad double-header tomorrow, meeting the Cardinals at 1:05 and the Nationals at 7:05 in Jupiter.

Dodger Blue Notes--We credited yesterday's home run at St. Lucie to Jeff Kent when it was in actuality JD Drew's round-tripper. … Two different publications have named Dodgertown the best spring training stop in the Grapefruit League. Sports Illustrated's web site called it the best value in Florida, noting "If you're looking for the epitome of a classic Spring Training experience Dodgertown is it. Tickets are cheap … and there is not a bad seat in the house." In the most recent issue of The Sporting News, Dodgertown was also deemed the top site because"you've got to love a place where the dugouts don't have tops and the players are exposed to the elements and the fans, who can reach out and touch them." … Lefty Ryan Ketchner hosted 40 children from the St. Lucie Deaf Education Center at the game. Ketchner, who has only 10 percent of his hearing, met with the children, signed autographs and posed for photos.