Dodgers Score Early, top Marlins 7-2

<b>VERO BEACH, Florida</b>--The Dodgers put the game on ice before many late arrivals had a chance to buy a program, a bag of popcorn and find their seats. They scored five in the bottom of the first, riding home runs by Jeff Kent and Norihiro Nakamura and behind tough pitching by Derek Lowe, coasted to a 7-2 win.

Lowe worked five innings -- the first Dodger of the spring to go that long -- and ran his scoreless string to nine innings before giving up a run on three hits in the third, the only hits he allowed.

The Dodgers jumped on the Marlins right out of the blocks when Rookie outfielder Jason Repko, who came into the game with 10 hits, second in the National League, and a .435 average got things moving right away when he collected hit number #11, a double to right field that the fielder temporarily lost in the sun.

Repko's drive and a walk to Ricky Ledee, was followed by Jeff Kent's second hit -- and second home run -- of the spring.

Olmedo Sanez walked and Norihiro Nakamura launched his first Dodger home run high and deep over the left field berm. Nakamura collected a single in the third inning and boosted his average to .350.

Lefty Frank Brooks followed Lowe on the mound and worked into the eighth, allowing one run on four hits. Aquilino Lopez closed out the eighth and worked a scoreless ninth.

The Dodgers added a sixth run in the sixth inning when Cody Ross walked, stole second and scored when Oscar Robles single just eluded the Marlins' second baseman. They added another in the seventh on a Mike Edwards' double.

Dodgers Blue Notes--Sweet Lou Johnson, a member of the Dodgers' speaking bureau, is resting comfortably in the Indian River Hospital after being hospitalized with chest pains Friday. … During the split squad game yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Hee-Seop Choi (South Korea), Chin-Feng Chen (Tiawan) and Norihiro Nakamura (Japan) were on the field at the same time, marking what is believed to be the first time that has occurred in a big league game. … It was 'Meet the Dodgers' Day before the game and fans young and old flooded the field to get autographs from their favorites. …

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