Dodgers-Mets, Dodgers Orioles in double tie

<b>VERO BEACH, Florida</b>--The Dodgers played a split squad contest Saturday afternoon and -- like kissing your twin sisters -- tied each of them. The Mets rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie 5-5 at Dodgertown, while the Orioles and Dodgers battled to a 0-0 deadlock.

It was two distinct games Saturday afternoon In Vero Beach with the Dodgers winning the first four innings 5-0, then collecting only two singles from the final 26 hitters. The Mets scored one in the sixth, three in the eighth and one in the ninth to deadlock the game 5-5 and even Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda coaching first in the last of the 11th could help Los Angeles break the tie.

Kaz Ishii, in his first start of the spring, stopped the Mets, allowing only a single in four innings, striking out four -- all called --and walking but two in his best performance of the spring. Over seven innings he has not allowed an earned run, given up only two hits and left the game to generous applause from the appreciative Dodgertown crowd.

The Dodgers broke a scoreless tie in the third inning when JD Drew looped a single into short left to score Cesar Izturis. Jeff Kent followed with another rbi single to plate Antonio Perez, who had walked, for an early 2-0 lead.

Antonio Perez cracked his fourth consecutive hit in the bottom of the first inning, boosting his average this spring to .444. His streak of reaching base ended in the seventh with a strikeout.

Rookie Catcher Russell Martin opened some eyes when he threw out two would-be base stealers in succession in the third inning. He also lined a two-run triple into right-center field to give Los Angeles a 4-0 margin and later scored on a fielder's choice.

DJ Houlton followed Ishii and allowed three hits, including a home run, while working three innings. Mike Venafro came in in the eighth and He ran into all sorts of trouble. Three singles, a walk, a hit-batsman and a two-run error on a double play ball cost three (one earned) and cut the Dodger lead to 5-4.

Franquelis Osoria came into close New York out but the first Met hit the ball over the light tower in left field to tie the game 5-5. He retired the next six in succession, taking the game into the 11th.

Rookie Beau Dannemiller had an easy 1-2-3 top of the 11th.

Meanwhile Across the State--Ryan Rupe worked four innings, Derek Thompson and Joel Hanrahan two and Duaner Sanchez and Harold Eckert added one each in a 10-inning 0-0 deadlock.

Rupe allowed only four hits while fanning three. Thompson gave up two base hits while each of the other pitchers were tagged for one each.

Jason Repko continued his against-the-odds bid for a spot on the Dodger roster with three singles in five trips. Jose Flores singled and doubled while Norihiro Nakamura singled twice.

The Dodgers left 11 on base during the 2 hour, 38 minute game and killed a Baltimore rally in the ninth when Sanchez picked a runner off second base.

Los Angeles put two men on base in the first, fifth, seventh and 10th innings but couldn't bring any of them home.

The Dodgers host the Florida Marlins tomorrow in Holman Stadium. It is the fourth time the two clubs have played each other in the first 12 games of the spring season. Sweet Lou Sidelined--Dodger outfielder Sweet Lou Johnson, who gave the club an emotional lift after Tommy Davis was sidelined with a broken leg and who hit the game-winning home run in the seventh game of the World Series, was hospitalized with heart pains at Dodgertown Saturday morning. There was no report on his condition but he was kept overnight for tests.

Dodger Blue Notes--Eric Gagne, Odalis Perez and Brad Penny threw in the bullpen with Penny cutting his fastball loose, bringing smiles to the Dodger brass. … Although he only worked four innings, official scorers gave Jeff Weaver the game last night against the Mets. Weaver led 10-1 when he left the game and Kelly Wunch, who relieved Weaver, allowed three runs in his only inning. … Hee-Seop Choi has posted a team-leading .526 on-base percentage after the first 10 games. … Jerry Cheney Cross, the grandson of former Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Larry Cheney who appeared in the 1916 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, was in attendance at the March 11 night game against the Mets. Cheney roomed with outfielder Casey Stengel. Cheney, an 18-game winner in 1916, recorded an earned run average of 2.45 over five seasons in Brooklyn. … In the 'While the Cat's Away Department,' stopper Eric Gagne has yet to make an appearance but Aquilino Lopez leads the exhibition season with three saves. … The Dodgers have reached the 2,000,000 mark in attendance before they even opened the gates. Coming off a season in which they recorded the third-highest attendance total in club history, the have sold enough tickets to top the 2 mill figure. … Today is the anniversary of the first Dodger game played in Holman Stadium in 1953 before a crowd of 5.532. Jackie Robinson homered as Brooklyn defeated Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics 4-2. …

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