Navarro Pulls Hamstring in Dodger Loss

It was a good news, bad news day for Los Angeles. Catcher Dioner Navarro pulled a hamstring running out a ground ball and was immediately taken from the game and driven back to Vero Beach for treatment. Shortstop Rafael Furcal, in his first action of the season, pleased manager Grady Little. The shortstop walked and stole second in the first inning, indicating that his knee was mended.

Furcal hit .284 last season with 12 home runs, 58 RBI, a career-high 46 stolen bases last year on a painful knee that swelled during the offseason, and surgery was necessary. After rehabing since mid-February he is finally back in playing condition, although behind the rest of the team.

Each club gave away leads in the contest with Atlanta hanging on for the win. LA rallied from a three-run deficit to lead 5-4 going into the bottom of the sixth but the Braves had a pair of two-run innings to earn the win.

The Dodgers fell quickly behind 4-1 after starter Brad Penny had early trouble. He allowed four singles in the second, good for two, and an infield error by 1B Nomar Garciaparra helped Atlanta to two more. When Penny reached his 70-pitch limit, Kelly Wunsch came in to get the final out in the third.

Jason Repko's booming home run to right field off Atlanta starter John Smoltz accounted for the Dodgers run in the third.

In the fourth, one-base his by Jeff Kent, Garciaparra and Bill Mueller added an RBI single. Dionner Navarro pulled a hamstring running out a grounder before Repko rifled a single into left but Mueller was drilled at the plate to end the inning.

Two more in the fifth put the Dodgers in front for the first time with Kent's fielders choice and a sac fly by Kent driving in the runs.

Lance Carter worked two nearly-perfect innings but Yhency Brazoban was victimized by a pair of infield hits and a two-out double.

Hong-Chic Kuo strengthened his bit for a spot on the staff, allowing no hits in his one inning of work. Danys Baez then allowed the final two runs on three hits and a walk.

Willie Aybar gave the Dodgers a final chance in the ninth, opening the winning with a walk.

Repko led the Dodgers with his first homer and a single and knocked in a pair of runs. L.A. didn't get a hit after Pat Borders single in the fifth inning. Aybar led off the ninth to give L.A. a final chance but it was not to be.
Dodgers          ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss         1 0 0 0 .000
  Borders c       2 0 1 0 .300
Lofton cf         3 0 0 0 .143
  Ross cf         1 0 0 0 .263
Drew rf           3 0 0 1 .389
  Kemp pr         1 0 0 0 .138
Kent 2b           2 1 1 1 .400
  Martinez 2b     1 0 0 0 .381
Garciaparra 1b    3 1 1 0 .154
  Saenz 1b        1 0 0 0 .000
Mueller 3b        3 0 1 1 .300
  Aybar 3b        0 0 0 0 .167
Navarro c         2 0 0 0 .062
  Carter p        0 0 0 0 .000
  *Ethier lf      1 0 0 0 .222
Repko lf          3 1 2 2 .346
  Brazoban p      0 0 0 0 .000
  Kuo p           0 0 0 0 .000
  Baez p          0 0 0 0 .000
  #Guzman ph      1 0 0 0 .310
Penny p           1 1 0 0 .000
  Wunsch p        0 0 0 0 .000
  Robles ss       2 0 0 0 .227
  Totals         30 5 6 5 .248
  Atlanta        37 813 5 .266

  Score by innings
Dodgers   001 220 000-5
Atlanta   022 002 00x-6

  *Flew to center for Carter in seventh. 
#Popped out for Baez in ninth.
  Errors- Garciaparra, Mueller, Atlanta 
1. HR- Repko (1). LOB- Dodgers 4, Atlanta 
10. DP- Robles-Martinez, Saenz 2. SB- 
Furcal (1).

Dodgers      in  h r-er bb so era
Penny        2.2 6 4-3 3 3  4.63
Wunsch       0.1 0 0-0 0 1  6.75
Carter       2.0 0 0-0 0 1  0.00
Brazoban (L) 1.0 3 2-2 0 0 13.50
Kuo          1.0 1 0-0 1 0  0.00
Baez         1.0 3 2-2 1 1  3.00
  Wp- Kuo. Time- 2:38.  Attenance- 8,504.
Happy Birthday-- Jo Lasorda (29 est.), 1B Hee-Seop Choi (27), OF Lloyd Waner (90), Patrick Donovan (1865-1953), D'Arcy Flowers (1902-1952).

Dodger Blue Notes-- Lefty Derek Thompson, who has had more knee operations than he has knees, is recovering from a Tommy John operation to his left elbow but the good news is he can start throwing in a few weeks. The operation was similar to the one Eric Gagne underwent, clearing scar tissue from around the nerve. He reports he feels 100 percent better and should be ready for Arizona Fall League action. …Edwin Jackson has retired 15 of 16 hitters he has faced this spring and his throwing 96 mph. Perhaps sometime soon, writer will begin to question his trade in the same light they deplore the loss of Pedro Martine,

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