Dodger Baseball -- April 13

L.A. beat the Giants 4-1 behind Odalis Perez's pitching and home runs from Hee-Seop Choi and Jeff Kent. Pat Mahommes won his first game for Las Vegas, working six scoreless innings as Brian Myrow had a pair of doubles three RBI. Brad Penney pitched well for Vero Beach in a rehab start as Edwin Bellorin and Mayke Cabrera supplied the punch and Columbus took a lead into the ninth, then lost in the 11th to keep the system from a sweep despite a good effort from emergency starter Jesus Castillo.

LOS ANGELES, California--The Dodgers their record night to 6-2, the best start since 1988, with a 4-1 win over San Francisco. Odalis Perez pitched into the seventh inning and was followed by air-tight relief from Duaner Sanchez, Kelly Wunsch, Steve Schmoll and Yhency Brazoban, who nailed it down with his second win of the season. Home Jeff Kent and Hee-Seop Choi scored three in the third inning. Choi, 1-for-15 coming into the game, hit his first Dodgers homer into the first row of the right-field box seats, JD Drew walked and Kent followed with another shot over the right field fence. Kent is 8-for-18 against his former team this year and hitting .419 overall with 11 RBIs. Catcher Paul Bakofollowed a Ricky Ledee double in the fourth. Ledee has six hits, four of them doubles in 14 at-bats. Last year he had 53 at-bats and only six hits with the Phillies and the Giants. Sanchez and Wunsch pitched one-third of an inning each, then Schmoll and Brazoban pitched the eighth and ninth innings to nail things down.

Dodger Blue Notes--Disabled closer Eric Gagne said he's "very, very close" to resuming playing catch, the next step in his recovery from a sprained elbow ligament. "I'm on the verge," Gagne told the Orange County Register. "I'm getting real close. Very, very close. It could be tomorrow, I don't know." Gagne, however, said he still feels "just a little stiff" in the area of the injury. … Brad Penny's first rehabilitation start against Jupiter in the Florida State League drew an "outstanding" from Dodger Manager Jim Tracy. He threw 58 pitches and his velocity increased from an average of 91 mph early in the game to 94 mph by the fifth inning. The hardest he threw was 96 mph. He will pitch in a minor league game Monday, hiking his pitch count to about 80. … Left-hander Wilson Alvarez, who also is in Florida rehabilitating from an injury, threw 25 pitches to Dodger minor leaguers and was described by Tracy as not sharp. … Jayson Werth was told by Dr. Robert Chandler that the broken bone in his wrist requires six to eight weeks to heal. … Left-handed reliever Frank Brooks, who was designated for assignment when Norihiro Nakamura was promoted from triple A, was claimed on waivers by Atlanta.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah--Pat Mahomes pitched six scoreless innings to help the 51s end a three-game losing streak with a 9-4 victory over the Salt Lake Stingers. Mahomes (1-0) gave up three hits and a walk and struck out five. Las Vegas batted around on just three hits, including Brian Myrow's RBI double, in a five-run fifth inning. The 51s took advantage of three walks and a hit batter in the inning, and they sent six batters to the plate before making an out. Myrow added a two-run double as Las Vegas pushed its lead to 8-0 with three runs in seventh. Mike Rose and Joe Thurston each added two RBIs for the 51s, who play Salt Lake again today at 5:30 p.m. before returning to Cashman Field on Friday for their home opener against Colorado Springs. Designated hitter Mike Rose (1-for-3, 2 RBI) walked with the bases loaded for the first run and shortstop Tony Schrager was hit by a pitch for the second run. First baseman Brian Myrow, in his first game of the season, led the offense with a 2-for-5, two doubles and 3 RBI performance. Center fielder Henri Stanley was 2-for-3, RBI and third baseman Willy Aybar was 1-for-3 with 2 runs scored.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--Jacksonville scored three runs in the ninth to erase a two-run deficit and beat the Huntsville Stars 5-4. It was the second time in three games that the Suns have come back to win or tie in the ninth. Going into the ninth inning, Jacksonville had just six hits, nor more than one in any inning. A pair of errors had led to two Stars runs. Earlier, Delwyn Young and Tydus Meadows each hit solo home runs, their second longballs of the year for the Suns.The Suns were down to their last out when Derek Michaelis drew a walk. Nick Alvarez, pinch-hit and delivered a two-run double that scored Russell Martin from third and Michaelis from first. The Suns overcame a 4-2 deficit. Joel Guzman led off the inning with a homer before Michaelis and Alvarez won it. Suns starter Jonathan Broxton allowed three runs over six innings, striking out three and earned a no-decision. Right-hander Jason Olson coaxed a fly out to strand the bases loaded for the Stars in the seventh inning. He wriggled out of trouble again in the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Eventual winning pitcher Glenn Bott (1-0) relieved and induced a groundout on one pitch. OF Todd Donovan has reached base in all seven games and extended his hitting streak to six games with an eighth-inning single. INF Sergio Garcia (hamstring) was placed on the seven-day disabled list prior to the game.

JUPITER, Florida--Despite a 30-minute rain delay and facing major league pitcher Mike Morris on a rehab assignment, the Vero Beach earned a 5-3 win. The Dodgers Brad Penny, who also made a rehab start, tossed 5 innings and allowed one run. Edwin Bellorin and Mayke Cabrera supplied the offense to help Vero win the three-game series. Dominique Laurin drew a one-out walk and Ryan Russ followed with a double before Chin-lung Hu then banged a fly to center that put the Dodgers up 1-0. Penny allowed a homer to tie but Vero got the lead back the very next frame. Anthony Raglani led off with a triple and Bellorin singled him home. Two outs later Cabrera smacked his first hit to plate Bellorin and make it 3-1. In the sixth inning, Bellorin drove a one-out single to right field. Cory Dunlap followed with a base hit to center. Justin Ruggiano then added a double to left, scoring Bellorin. Dunlap was thrown out at the plate, but with two outs Cabrera slapped a run-scoring single to make it 5-1. In the eighth, Julio Pimentel a walk and two singles to make it 5-3 before play was suspended. After the delay, closer Kyle Wilson came in to finish the game and earn his second save.

CHARLESTON, S.C.--The Charleston RiverDogs scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth against closer Cory Wade and broke through in the 11th inning for a 3-2 victory. A shaky performance by the Columbus bullpen undermined a strong pitching outing by emergency starter Jesus Castillo and middle reliever Chris Malone. The fireworks came in the bottom of the ninth inning after Wade entered the game with a 2-0 Columbus lead. Castillo had surrendered three hits in five innings, while Malone had struck out six and allowed no hits in three innings. A leadoff solo homer to cut into the lead and the RiverDogs loaded the bases and scored the tying run on a double-play ball. Wade allowed two runs on three hits in two innings, while Akin (0-1) allowed one run on one hit in 1/3 of an inning and took the loss. Shortstop Lucas May led the Catfish at the plate, going 2-for-5. Jon Potterson led the RiverDogs, going 2-for-4. Notes--The first 500 fans through the gate at tonight's game will receive an Edwin Jackson bobblehead doll. Jackson, a former Shaw High School star, is regarded as the top pitching prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization. He made his major league debut in 2003, but is starting the season with the Dodgers' Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate.