Yesterday in Dodger Baseball -- April 9

Another comeback, keyed by Jeff Kent's five RBI and a clutch pitching performance by Steve Schmoll, who earned his first save gave the Dodgers a 12-10 in 11 innings. Columbus earned it's first win 5-4 on Blake Dewitt's solo home run but Las Vegas got involved in another slugfest at the Colorado Springs mile-high+ park and lost 12-10; Jacksonville dropped it's first game 4-3 on a two-run ninth inning rally and Vero fell 1-0 despite sparkling pitching from a pair of Justins, Orenduff and Simmons

PHOENIX, Arizona--Jeff Kent slugged a bases loaded double -- his fifth RBI of the game -- and Yhency Brazoban worked out of a bases loaded problem in the 10th as the Dodgers won their fourth in a row, 12-10 over Arizona in 11 innings. Kent is 10-for-19 and his two-run home run in the first opened the scoring. After Kent broke the tie with his three-RBI hit, the Diamondbacks scored twice in the bottom of the 11th against Giovanni Carrara, but rookie Steve Schmoll induced a game-ending double play with runners on first and third, adding a save to the win he collected in the first game of the series. Scott Erickson gave up four home runs and six runs in 4.1 innings, leaving the game trailing 7-3. The Dodgers scored three runs in the sixth inning on a two-run double by Ricky Ledee and a sacrifice fly by Jason Grabowski, cutting the deficit to 7-6. They took an 8-7 lead with two runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles from Cesar Izturis and Hee-Seop Choi, who snapped an 0-for-11 start. Arizona nearly won it in the 10th inning, loading the bases with one out, but Brazoban struck out Glaus and former teammate Shawn Green. Cesar Izturis started the winning rally in the 11th with a triple, Hee-Seop Choi walked and J.D. Drew reached on a fielder's choice before Kent unloaded. Milton Bradley followed with an RBI single.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado--The 51s lost their second straight slugfest 12-10 victory as the two teams combined for 22 runs and 31 hits. The 51s recorded 14 hits and have 45 total in three games. Right fielder Chin-Feng Chen led the 51s offense with a 3-for-5, double, 2 RBI performance. Left fielder Mike Edwards was 2-for-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI. He is batting .462 (6-for-13) in the series. Shortstop Jose Flores was 2-for-5 (.500, 6-for-12 in series) and first baseman Norihiro Nakamura was 1-for-4 and hit a three-run home run (#2) in the five-run fifth inning. The Sky Sox scored two runs in the first inning and five runs in the second off T.J. Nall, who took the loss. Right-handers Harold Eckert allowed three runs and Franquelis Osoria two before Aquilino Lopez finished the game with a scoreless inning.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-–A two-run ninth inning bloop single erased a 3-2 Suns' lead and Birmingham took 4-3 victory, handing Jacksonville their first loss of the young season. Beau Dannemiller (0-1) was tagged with the loss. Brian Sprout doubled to left in the eighth, scoring Donovan, who reached on a line drive which caromed off the second baseman's glove. Russell Martin followed with a two-out double to left, scoring Sprout and giving the Suns a 3-2 lead. Derek Thompson started and allowed the first two Barons runs. Thompson struck out a career-high nine in six innings. James Loney doubled in the first to score Joel Guzman who reached on a fielder's choice. Todd Donovan stole second in the first inning, giving him a league-leading four swipes. OF Jon Weber was reassigned to extended spring training and OF Derek Michaelis will replace him. Weber was suspended for 15 days for violating the minor league's steroid policy. He told the Jacksonville The Times-Union that he has never taken steroids, or any other illegal substance. He said he used an over-the-counter energy booster, thermogin, which he purchased at a GNC store, caused the failed test.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida--Its feat or famine for the Vero Dodgers. They won a 1-0 decision to open the season, lost an 11-7 slugfest in the second and then lost 1-0 Saturday night. The Dodgers collected only three hits, as did the Mets, but one, a triple, came in the seventh after a walk. Justin Orenduff worked five innings, allowed two hits and fanned three but left the game in a 0-0 tie. Justin Simmons (0-1) gave up a single hit but took the loss. Edwin Bellorin had a double to lead Vero Beach.

SAVANNAH, Georgia-- Blake Dewitt's solo home run broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Catfish their first win this year. Columbus trailed 2-0 and 4-2 before tying it in the sixth on a RBI single by Brandon Carter. Right-hander Starter Brandon Weeden worked four innings and gave up a pair of runs. Phil Sobkow picked up the win for Columbus in relief, pitching 3.2 innings and allowing four hits. Cory Wade earned his first save by retiring the final four Savannah batters. Blake DeWitt doubled and homered while Travis Denker and Lucas May each added a pair of hits and Carter knocked in two runs.

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