Rookies Pulls Our Final Home Game in 10

You might expect a Dodger named Garciaparra winning a game with a home run -- but a player named Garcia? Trailing 3-2 into the last of the ninth, Jeff Duncan walked and scored on a single by first baseman Jimmy Rohan to tie things. After another rookie, Casey Hoorelbeke, pitching his first time this spring, shut out the Nationals in the top of the 10th, Sergio Garcia, 25-year-old infielder playing his first game of the exhibition season, slugged a homer with none out to win the game.

With the regular players saw a few innings of action they were packing for the flight to Las Vegas tonight (Thursday), the kids who were to be left at home pulled the game out of the fire as Los Angles topped Washington 4-3 in the final home game of the spring, boosting their record to 14-10 and assured the team of their first winning exhibition season since 2001.

The Dodgers scored twice in the bottom of the first when Kenny Lofton pounded a double off the right field fence and scored when Ramon Martinez beat out a bunt single. The ball was fumbled on the infield and Lofton, running all the way, scored from second. Drew's sacrifice fly scored the second run.

That ended the Dodger offense until the bottom of the ninth, although they left nine on during the game.

Derek Lowe started and allowed two runs in the second inning, both of the questionalble type. A ground balll up the middle to open the game saw shortstop Ramon Martinez late getting to the ball. He fumbled it and threw late to first. Somehow it was called a hit.

With one out a long drive to center field was tracked down by Lofton but the ball skipped out of his glove -- again ruled a hit -- and runners were on second and third when Nats pitcher Rulan Hernandez looped a single to right to tie the game.

Then Hong-Chic Kuo, Lance Carter, Franquelis Osoria (who allowed a run), Joe Biemel, Eric Gagne and Hoorelbeke tightened things up, allowing only three more hits.

Gagne, working for his second consecutive day for the first time this spring, allowed a leadoff single, then got an easy fly out and two strikeouts.

Hoorelbeke gave up a hit and a walk in the 10th to make things interesting but held on and earned the win.

The Dodgers play a split squad game today and it is really split. One team playes the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida and the other plays Seattle in Las Vegas.
  Dodgers      ab r h bi
Lofton cf       3 1 1 0
Kuo p           0 0 0 0
Robles ss       2 0 0 0
Carter p        0 0 0 0
Osoria p        0 0 0 0
Borders ph      1 0 1 0
Beimel p        0 0 0 0
Rohan 1b        1 0 1 1
Drew rf         1 0 0 1
Repko rf        3 0 0 0
Kent 2b         1 0 0 0
Garcia 2b       3 1 1 1 
Garciaparra 1b  2 0 2 0
Saenz 1b        2 0 0 0
Gagne p         0 0 0 0
Hoorelbeke p    0 0 0 0
Mueller 3b      1 0 0 0
Truby 3b        2 0 1 0
Ross lf         4 0 1 0
Navarro c       2 0 0 0
Martin c        2 0 1 0
Lowe p          1 0 1 0
Ledee ph        1 0 0 0
Duncan cf       1 1 0 0
  Dodgers      37 3  9 3     
  Washington   35 3 11 3

Washington  020 000 100 0-3
Dodgers     200 000 001 1-4

   Errors-L Hernandez. DP--Dodger 1. 
LOB--Washington 10, Dodgers 9. 2b 
hits-Lofton, Martin, Rohan. HR- 
Garcia 1 (1). CS--J Rohan. SF--J Drew.
                                   
  Dodgers         in h r-er bb so
Lowe               4 5  2-2  2 2  
Kuo                1 0  0-0  0 2
Carter             1 0  0-0  1 2
Osoria             1 2  1-1  1 1  
Beimel             1 0  0-0  0 1
Gagne              1 0  0-0  0 2
Hoorelbeke (W,1-0) 1 1  0-0  1 1
   WP--Osoriah. PB--R Martin. T--2:50. A--3,593.

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