L.A. Win Streak Gobbled Up by Tigers

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers saw a four-game winning streak -- plus two ties -- mauled by Detroit Friday in Holman Stadium. The 7-2 Tigers trailed 3-2 into the fifth inning as starter Brad Penny turned the game over to his bullpen but Brian Meadows was hammered for three singles, a walk and three homers, including a grand slam, and leaving with two out after giving up seven runs. The final 26 L.A. hitters managed only a single, plus two walks, from that point on.

JD Drew continued to pound the ball, tripling in the first Dodger run in the first inning and slugging his second home run of the season and his second in two games, in the third.

After Detroit jumped into a 1-0 lead in the first, Oscar Robles walked to lead off the bottom of the inning and scored on Drew's triple down the first base line. James Loney singled him home for a 2-1 margin.

Lowe allowed a home run in the third to tie the game but Drew quickly regained the lead for Los Angeles with a home run to left field. That abruptly ended the Dodger offense for the afternoon.

Penny left after four and the five players who followed Penny came into the game with a 2.94 earned run average but gave didn't help their numbers a bit, giving up 10 earned runs in five innings.

Meadows made his second appearance of the season in the top of the fifth and it was one he won't want to remember. With a brisk wind blowing out he gave up back-to-back homers, back-to-back singles, then got the first out of the inning.

But a fielder's choice, a single and a walk loaded the based and the Detroit catcher slammed a shot over the berm in deep right-center for a grand slam home run.

Hong-Chih Kuo, fresh back from the World Baseball Classic, made his first appearance and ended the inning with one pitch. Then he fanned two and induced a flyout in the seventh.

Tim Hamulak allowed a pair of singles in he seventh but escaped unscored upon. Along with Kuo, he didn't allow a run.

Greg Miller served up a two-run homer in the eighth and Joe Beimel -- the fourth lefty in succession -- allowed a singleton in the ninth to end the scoring.
Dodgers        ab r h bi ave
Robles ss       3 1 0 0 .250
  Abreu ss      1 0 0 0 .214
Garciaparra 1b  4 0 0 0 .100
  Truby 1b      1 0 0 0 .111
Drew rf         3 2 2 2 .417
  Repko rf      0 0 0 0 .400
Kemp cf         3 0 0 0 .190
  Ross cf       0 0 0 0 .286
Mueller 3b      2 0 0 0 .333
  LaRoche 3b    1 0 0 0 .263
Loney 1b        3 0 1 1 .444
Young lf        4 0 0 0 .100
Aybar 2b        4 0 1 0 .095
  Totals       33 3 5 3 .257
  Detroit      44121712 .300

Score by innings
Detroit     101 070 021-12
Dodgers     201 000 000- 3

  Errors-Detroit 1, Aybar.  LOB-Detroit- 8, 
Dodgers 8. 2b hits-Detroit 2. 3b hits- Drew. 
HR-Detroit 6, Drew (2).  SB-Detroit 1, 
Kemp- (1). DP-none.

Dodgers         in h r-er bb so era
Penny          4.0 5  2-2  0 3  3.00
Meadows(L,0-1) 0.2 6  7-7  1 1 16.20
Kuo            1.1 0  0-0  0 2  0.00
Hamulak        2.0 4  2-2  1 4  5.40
Beimel         1.0 2  1-1  0 1  3.74
  Wp-Beimel. HBP-by Hamulak.  Time- 2:40. 
Attendance-3.898.
M*A*S*H* Report-- The Dodger walking wounded seem to be recovering slowly. Shortstop Rafael Furcal is hitting, fielding and throwing and soon will begin running the bases. OF Jayson Werth participated in outfield drills for the first time this season. He hoped to be swinging a bat (a fungo, he said with a smile) sometime this weekend. RHP Yhency Brazoban reported that although he was wild in his first appearance, his shoulder felt good the following day. OF Andre Ethier's MRI showed only a sprain and is day to day. "I'm feeling better today," he told ladugout.com.

Quote of the Day-- Grady Little told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com of RHP Takashi Saito: "The way he's pitched this spring is hard to ignore. He's not scared to throw strikes. He didn't budge a bit after the home un; if anything, he reached back and got more on the next hitter." Saito, 36, is bidding for a bullpen slot.

Dodger Blue Notes-- CF Kenny Lofton had recovered by being hit in the leg by a pitch against the Red Sox and said he could play if needed. He noted, "I tried to get out of the way but it was attracted to me like a magnet. At first the leg was just numb, but then the pain came and I nearly fell down but the Dodger bench kept shouting 'Frazier is Down Again' to I was determined to stay on my feet." …Boston writers (11 count them 11) each battered the old theme of Grady Little and Pedro Martinez, i.e. "Will Sox Fans Ever Forgive Grady?" …Little told a Red Sox writer that there was a chance that Nomar Garciaparra could play some outfield when Cesar Izturis returned from his arm operation. …Mia (Hamm) Garciaparra sighting have been more numerous that sightings of Elvis Presley during the spring but she has been setting quietly behind the screen, watching her husband play first base. …RF JD Drew is swinging the bat with more confidence each game and homered for the second consecutive day against Detroit. …1B James Loney continued to hit the ball hard nearly every time at bat but isn't getting much time at the bag due to the extra time Garciaparra is needing to become comfortable. Which he is, by the way. At another time or in another place, Loney would be starting the season at first base in the Show. …Former Dodger heros and battery mates Steve Yeager and Jerry Reuss are guest commentators on the Dodger broadcasts. …The Dodgers have sold enough tickets to insure themselves of a 2,000,000 gate this season and are closing in on 2,500,000. Those who laughed at Jamie McCourt when she said, "I don't see why the Dodgers don't reach 4,000,000 in attendance" may see the co-owner having the last laugh if, as expected, the club stays in contention this season. …Odalis Perez went three innings and earned the win in his first start for the Dominican Republic, an 8-3 win over Italy.

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