Dodgers Emerge From Slump; Blast Marlins 14-5

Baseball is truly a unique thing. After a batting slump that saw them go 3-for-21 with runners in scoring position and score a total of five runs in their past 27 innings, they lit up National League's hottest pitcher, Marlin Dondtrelle Willis, who came into the game 7-0 and with an ERA of 1.08, smashing out a 14-5 win. They scored four runs in the first inning, four more in the seventh and six in the eighth. It included season highs in runs and hits (19) in front of 37,481 at Dodger Stadium

Heros abounded in the clubs resurgence against Willis (7-1), who lost for the first time since last Sept. 26. His ERA rose from 1.08 to 1.45.

Cesar Izturis went 5 for 6, scored twice and drove in two runs. It was his second career five-hit game.

Jason Repko, the struggling rookie, went 3 for 5 with two doubles and scored three times.

Jeff Kent went 3 for 5, scored three times and drove in four runs, snapping a 5-for-36 skid.

Olmedo Saenz went 3 for 4 with a double, a three-run homer and a career-high five RBI.

Derek Lowe turned in another quality start, allowing three runs on four hits over 6.2 innings and holding the Marlins until the bats came to life for good late in the game.

The breakout came against a club with the best ERA in the majors, it began against a pitcher who came in leading the National League in wins, ERA, complete games and shutouts, and it finished against a bullpen that had allowed just 76 hits in 90 innings.

The Marlins got a two-run homer in the fourth and a run-scoring groundout from former Dodger Paul Lo Duca in the fifth. After that, Lowe (3-4) allowed only two baserunners, one of them on an error by Mike Edwards and the other on a bunt single.

The third-place Dodgers (21-17) remained 1 1/2 games behind division-leading San Diego in the National League West. But they snapped a three-game losing streak. Today, they will try for their first back-to-back victories in more than two weeks.

Dodger Blue Notes--Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said Tuesday he is having architects look into the obstructed-view problems with the new seats down each foul line at Dodger Stadium. But McCourt also said the problem won't be fixed during the season. The issue is the pitch of the rows, which creates an inability for fans in those seats to see over those seated in front of them. McCourt said lowering the playing field to create a steeper pitch isn't an option. … Left fielder Jayson Werth, who has experienced intermittent soreness in his broken left wrist while on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas, went 3 for 5 Monday at Nashville. He boosted his average to .250, but has no RBI and no extra-base hits and had struck out 11 times in 24 at-bats. Teams can extend a player's 20-day rehabilitation assignment by 10-day increments if the player agrees and manager Jim Tracy indicated the club might do just that. … Antonio Perez will make his long-awaited return from a hamstring injury when he is activated from the disabled list for this afternoon's game. To make room for him, the Dodgers will need to drop someone from the roster. Infielder Oscar Robles is one possibility and outfielder Jason Repko is another. Repko hit .325 in the spring to win a roster spot. He kept it going over the first two weeks of the season, batting .308 with three homers in his first 26 at-bats as Jayson Werth's outfield replacement. But since April 18, Repko is 5-for-41 and his average has plunged to .209. Mike Edwards and Jason Grabowski are also candidates to be moved. Edwards could be optioned without risk of being taken by another club, but he has made an impact by hitting .345 and playing third base. Grabowski has struggled, hitting .125 in 32 at-bats, but he is out of options and might be claimed if the Dodgers attempted to pass him through waivers. … The number gurus at STATS Inc., who quantify hitting in clutch situations with a "close-and-late category," show that shortstop Cesar Izturis is 16-for-23 (.696) in those situations this year. Six of his 15 RBI have come in such situations, in which he has a .720 on-base percentage and an .826 slugging percentage. … Odalis Perez played catch one day after undergoing an MRI on his throwing shoulder and reported continued pain and Elmer Dessens will have his first short bullpen session today, four weeks after going on the disabled list with shoulder pain.

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