Nakamura's homer in 10th Tops Astros

<B>KISSIMMEE, Florida</b>--Norihiro Nakamura slugged a tie-breaking two-run home run in the 10th inning for a 9-8 win over the Houston Astros. DJ Houlton worked four shutout innings to seemingly earn a spot on the Dodger staff and Oscar Robles homered and singed twice to boost his average to .414.

L.A. roared to an early 7-0 lead as Robles banged a two run shot in the third, left fielder Jason Grabowski whacked a three-run homer in the fourth and third baseman Jose Valentin a three-run shot in the fifth.

Houlton, a Rule 5 draft pick from the Astros at the winter meetings, limited Houston to four hits over four innings and fanned four.

The Astros scored one in the sixth and tied the game 7-7 with a six-run seventh inning as former Dodger Jose Vizcaino whacked a two-run double. Ryan Rupe gave up six of the seven runs and Buddy Carlyle gave up his second run of the spring season, a homer, to tie the game.

Rookie side-armer Steve Schmoll worked a scoreless eighth, allowing a pair of hits but striking out three. Kelly Wunch, who has 12 strikeouts in 8.2 innings, earned the win with a scoreless ninth and won the left-handed slot in the bullpen. Yhency Brazoban collected the save although he allowed a run on two hits.

The Dodgers travel to St. Lucie tomorrow for the final game in Florida -- and a meeting with Kaz Ishii -- then bus on south to West Palm Beach to catch the plane back to California.

Ross sold to Pittsburgh--The Dodgers sold catcher David Ross to the Pittsburgh Pirates for $75,000.

Ross, 28, came into camp with a shot at the starting job but was hitless in his first 19 times at bat, then became the odd-man out by the acquisition of catchers Jason Phillips from the Mets.

With young standouts Russell Martin and Dioner Navarro scheduled to start at Jacksonville and Las Vegas, there was no room for Ross.