Dodgers Edge Tampa Bay 3-2 on Late Homers

<b>VERO BEACH, Florida</b>--David Ross, seemingly replaced by catcher Jason Phillips just acquired from the Mets, got his first hit of the spring season, a two-run homer to put Los Angeles on top 2-1 in the seventh inning. Hee-Seop Choi followed with what would be the game-winning homer and the club's eighth win of the year. Jeff Weaver pitched well over six innings and Eric Gagne worked a scoreless seventh to earn the win.

Jeff Weaver allowed a two-out single in both the first and second innings but in the fifth he gave up a single and a double off the center field fence for the first run of the game. A long fly scored one run before Weaver got out of a bases loaded jam to end the inning down 1-0.

Weaver worked through six, allowing four hits and a single run, lowering his earned run average from 8.22 to 6.33.

Los Angeles got a one-out hit from Jason Repko in the bottom of the sixth and with two out, Mike Edwards singled to right, putting runners on the corner but Tony Schrager struck out to end the Dodgers first threat of the game.

Eric Gagne took over in the top of the seventh and all traces of a tender knee disappeared. He gave up a double and with one out, Repko raced back, jumped up and snagged the drive just as it was leaving the park. Gagne ended his one-inning appearance with a three-pitch strikeout and Repko drew a big hand from the crowd as he ran back to the dugout.

Jose Valentin singled to open the bottom of the seventh and pinch-hitter David Ross picked a great time to get his first hit of the spring, a towering shot out of the park to right field giving Los Angeles their first lead of the game and breaking a personal 0-for-17 slump. Hee-Seop Choi followed with another drive in approximately the same place and the Dodgers led 3-1.

Aquilina Lopez took over for Mike Venafro with a runner on first and none out, collected a double play and a pop to third to end the inning, then allowed a pair of singles to open the top of the ninth. He threw another double play ball as the runner scored from third, then gave up this third hit of the inning.

Ross threw out the runner attempting to steal to end the game and Lopez got a very shakey save.

Repko singled and doubled, saved a home run with a electrifying catch and for all we know, may have even stayed after the game to drag the field.

Dodger Blue Notes--Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax was spotted working with Scott Erickson in the strings before the game. Koufax, once-time minor league pitching instructor for the Dodgers makes periodic visits to Dodgertown, popping up to hand out a few pointers and then, like the ghostly characters in "Field of Dreams" fades into the cornfield unnoticed and disappears. … Brad Penny continued to draw raves for his work in a simulated game Wednesday. He faced 13 hitters, allowed five hits with one strikeout. Facing him were Jose Valentin, David Ross, Oscar Robles, Dioner Navarro and Jason Repko. "If he's not throwing hard, I'd like to see him when he's ready." And Penny reported, "My arm felt great, my mechanics were off but I'm pretty happy with he way it went." … The Dodgers meet the Cleveland Indians tomorrow and are home again Friday against St. Louis. … Tampa pitcher --- Ball, pitching to Jason Repko n the first inning,, threw a ball off the screen behind the plate, prompting one fan to shout, "Hit the mascot," in reference to the movie "Bull Durham." …