Marlins Whitewash Dodgers 3-0

The Dodgers got strong pitching from four different hurlers Tuesday afternoon, allowing only four hits and a single earned runs, and the Marlins allowed seven hits, walked three and hit a batter but 11 runners were left stranded and Los Angeles was shut out for the first time this spring. Overall they fell to 2-6 in Grapefruit League action.

Derek Lowe became the first Dodger started to log four innings, giving up singles in the first and second and a double in the fourth but leaving the game tied 0-0. He extended his scorless string to seven innings over two games.

Kaz Ishii, Wilson Alvarez and Yhency Brazoban held the Marlines to one tainted hit the rest of the afternoon. Overall the Dodger staff fanned 11, their highest total of the spring.

Ishii, who drew the loss but deserved a better fate, was victimized by his own misdeeds as well as those of his friends. Jose Valentin made a throwing error to allow the leadoff Marlin to reach base. Ishii walked the next hitter, threw a pickoff attempt into center field and bounced a wild pitch.

Two runs scored on an error by Antonio Perez. Ishii finished the inning with a strikeout and a fly ball. He then worked a 1-2-3 sixth, K'ing a pair.

Alvarez struck out three over two hitless innings and Brazoban hit 96 on the speed gun while fanning two in the ninth.

Perez led the Los Angeles attack with a pair of singles while Tydus Meadows and Cody Ross doubled. The Dodgers ran their error total to 11 in only eight games.

Win second game Monday--The Dodgers won the nightcap Monday night in Jupiter, stopping the Marlins 4-2 with a four-run sixth inning. D.J. Houlton and Elmer Dessens worked three scoreless innings each and Aquilino Lopez earned his second save. L.A. snapped a five-game losing streak after a 6-1 defeat to St. Louis in the afternoon game.

Jose Flores banged a two-run single and Hee-Seop Choi and Paul Bako each had an rbi single in the big sixth inning. Elmer Dessens gave up the first Florida hit in the fourth and earned the win.

The Marlins proved perfect hosts, committing a crucial two out error that resulted in the Dodgers' four-run outburst.

With a runner on third, Choi beat out an infield single on an easy grounder to first. The Marlins first baseman was slow going to the bag and the pitcher was even slower covering. Ricky Ledee scored the first L.A. run on the play.

Bako followed with a single that made it 2-0 and Flores added a two-run single for a 4-0 margin. Frank Brooks allowed a home run in the eighth, breaking a 20 inning scoreless streak by the Marlins.

Houlton, a pickup in the Rule V draft, was very impressive, opening with three hitless and scoreless innings, striking out five. He threw 44 pitches, 30 strikes. He got a ground out to open the game, then fanned the next five hitters.

"That was very impressive," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "He threw strikes with all his pitches, and he was aggressive with all his pitches."

Houlton is a Rule 5 pick, meaning that the Dodgers must keep him on their active roster all season or offer him back to the Astros for $25,000, half of what they paid to get him. He could be kept in the organization without p[lacing him on the active roster only by a trade with the Astros.