Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Me

Usually on your birthday you attempt to act surprised when you receive a new tie or a sweater but Brett Tomko earned himself something even more important on his 33rd, working six strong innings and unwrapping his first victory as a Dodger, a 5-3 win in Philadelphia.

Tomko (1-0) allowed three runs, all in the fourth inning, and eight hits. Then he got a little help from his friends. Lefty Hong-Chih Kuo worked two perfect innings, striking out four, and Danys Baez collect his second save in two chances with a shutout ninth inning.

The scoring was all over in the first four innings, Los Angeles putting up a pair of twos in the first and second, then adding one more singleton in the third. Philadelphia, who out-hit the Dodgers 9-7, scored all three runs in the fourth on a homer-single-home surge, then went quiet the rest of the night.

Jason Repko, taking advantage of the centerfield spot vacated by the injured Kenny Lofton, singled and promptly stole second. Red-hot Jose Cruz's ground ball eluded the Phillie first baseman and Repko scored the first run of the game. Rookie first baseman James Loney, filling in for injured Nomar Garciaparra, laced a two-out triple into the right-field corner that made it 2-0. The triple and RBI were career-firsts

In the second, Ramon Martinez, filling in for Rafael Furcal, who was taking the evening off with a bruised right shin after being accidentally kicked in the final game of the Atlanta series.

Dioner Navarro had an RBI double to right-center field -- his first hit since early in March -- and later in the inning J.D. Drew walked to force in a run. An RBI single by Repko gave the Dodgers a 5-0 lead in the third.

The Phillies banged Tomko around in the fourth, scoring three on a pair of homers, but he settled down at that point and retired five of the last six he faced.

Kuo and Baez then followed suit by retiring nine of the final 10 they faced to even the Dodger record at 2-2.

The Phillies haven't started 0-4 in since 1987 and they last time they opened a season 0-4 at home was in 1977. None of Philadelphia's starters have worked more than five innings, and they have a collective earned run average of 9.56.
Dodgers         a b r h bi ave
J. Repko cf      4 1 2 1 .438
J. Cruz Jr. lf   3 1 0 0 .438
J.D. Drew rf     3 0 0 1 .312
J. Kent 2b       4 0 0 0 .385
J. Loney 1b      5 0 1 1 .182
B. Mueller 3b    5 1 2 0 .500
R. Martinez ss   4 1 1 0 .286
D. Navarro c     3 1 1 1 .167
B. Tomko p       2 0 0 0 .000
    H. Kuo p     1 0 0 0 .000
    D. Baez p    0 0 0 0 .000
  Totals        34 5 7 4 
  Philadelphia  35 3 9 3

Dodgers      221 000 000-5
Philadelphia 000 300 000-3

  Error--Philadelphia 1. 2B 
-D Navarro (1), B Mueller 2 (2). 
3B- J Loney (1). RBI- J Loney (1), 
D Navarro (1), J Drew (6), J Repko 
(3).S - B Tomko. LOB-- Dodgers 10, 
Phillies 6.SB - J Repko (1). DP-- 
Philadelphia 1, Dodgers (J Kent-
R Martinez-J Loney).

Dodgers          in h r-er bb so era
B. Tomko (W,1-0)  6.0 8 3-3 1 4 4.50
H. Kuo (H, 1)     2.0 0 0-0 0 4 6.75
D. Baez (S, 2)    1.0 1 0-0 0 2 0.00
  Time: 2:48. Attendance: 25,518.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Dr. Frank Jobe reported the good news that Eric Gagne could be pitching in as little as six weeks, probably eight, after undergoing minor arm surgery Friday morning. The operation removed a sensory nerve in his right arm in a procedure that took less than 30 minutes. Jobe told MLB.com "He'll begin throwing a ball in three weeks, and in six weeks, get in a game. Those are guesses, a week one way or the other. I don't think it will be longer than six to eight weeks." In Florida this spring, Gagne could not bounce back quickly after pitching and the speed on his fastball was subpar (92) for him. Trainer Stan Johnston said Gagne never told the club he was in pain until Wednesday, and Gagne frequently told reporters his primary concern was scar tissue he had to pitch through. …Manager Grady Little said Yhency Brazoban would probably be his first choice as the new closer, Danys Baez's setup man and that Gagne would again be the closer when he returns. … When Takashi Saito, minus his red glove that he used during the spring, was added to the roster, Jayson Werth on the 60-day disabled list. Werth reported he still cannot hit because of a wrist injury now in its second season. Werth said he is hitting off a tee and taking soft-toss swings, but the pain is persisting. …Rookie first baseman James Loney was surprised in the clubhouse before the second game of the Atlanta series by general manager Ned Colletti, who presented him with the base used in Loney's first major league start and a DVD of the game. A surprised Loney could only say "Wow." …The Dodgers, with 14 players on their Opening Day roster born outside of the United States, have the second-most in baseball behind the New York Mets' 15. Overall, of the 747 active players and 66 on the disabled list, 27.4 percent were foreign-born, with the Dominican Republic's 85 totaling nearly double the next closest country, Venezuela, which had 43. Derek Lowe, who was tagged for seven earned runs in five innings on Opening Day, makes his second start tonight (Saturday).

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