Not Exactly Hubbell vs. Dean

Now isn't that just like baseball? Tuesday's starters, Derek Lowe and Pedro Martinez, were together in Boston, Martinez won two consecutive Cy Young Awards in 1999 and 2000 with records of 23-4 and 18-6, respectively. In 2002, Lowe threw a no-hitter against Tampa Bay. Most anticipated a pitching duel when the two met last night but Pedro was gone by the seventh and Derek Lowe only lasted six.

Little said anyone who doesn't look forward to this type of matchup shouldn't consider themselves a true baseball fan.

Martinez, originally a Dodger, allowed seven runs - six earned - on eight hits while striking out six in five-plus innings. Lowe was able to battle his way through six innings while giving up five hits and two runs.

The 46,347 fans at Chavez Ravine reveled in Eric Gagne's first save opportunity in nearly a year. Entering the game in the top of the ninth, he retired the side in order, striking out Carlos Delgado and David Wright. It was only his second appearance since rejoining the team June 1 after two elbow surgeries.

Manager Grady Little had hoped that Gagne wouldn't be needed as the Dodgers took an 8-2 lead in the sixth, but Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito allowed three runs in the seventh.

Martinez was hurt by a pair of two-run home runs, one by veteran Nomar Garciaparra in the first inning and the other by rookie Matt Kemp in the sixth.

It was Garciaparra's seventh home run and his 40th RBI in 40 games. Kemp's home run was his fourth since getting promoted from Jacksonville (where he had only six homers in the first 50 games of the season) just more than a week ago.

A pair of errors by Jose Valentin in the sixth inning, when the former Dodger messed up a pair of double play balls, broke open the game.

Martinez had allowed a leadoff single to J.D. Drew, and then gave up Kemp's fourth home run of the season, giving the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. The Dodgers sent 11 to the plate and scored six runs.

Then the Dodgers lead in the top of the seventh inning started to disappear after Jonathan Broxton relieved Lowe. Broxton gave up two hits and two walks as the Mets made it 8-3. Takashi Saito replaced Broxton with the bases loaded and no outs. Saito allowed two runs of Broxton's runners to score, but went on to pitch two innings, striking out four and allowing just one hit.

Nomar Garciaparra had given the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, hitting his seventh home run of the season. Garciaparra hit the first pitch he saw from Martinez to center field, scoring Kenny Lofton, who was on base with a single.
  Score by innings
New York 020 000 300-5
Dodgers  200 006 00x-8

  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS      5 1 2 1 .258
Lofton, CF      4 1 2 0 .327
Garciaparra, 1B 4 1 1 2 .363
Drew, RF        3 1 1 0 .284
  Broxton, P    0 0 0 0 .000
  Saito, P      0 0 0 0 .000
  Saenz, PH     1 0 0 0 .293
  Gagne, P      0 0 0 0 .000
Kemp, LF-RF     4 1 2 2 .345
Aybar, 3B       4 1 1 0 .308
Martinez, 2B    3 1 1 0 .359
Martin, C       4 0 2 1 .280
Lowe, P         2 0 0 0 .071
  Ethier PH-LF  2 1 1 1 .294
    Totals     36 8 13 7
    New York   34 5  8 5

  E- Aybar. 2B- Martin (6). HR- 
Garciaparra (7), Kemp (4).RBI- 
Garciaparra 2 (40), Kemp 2 (10), 
Martin (17), Ethier (14), 
Furcal (17). LOB- New York 10, Los 
Angeles 8. SB- Lofton (13), Furcal (13,), 
Kemp (2).

  Dodgers     in h r-er  bb so
Lowe (W,5-3) 6.0 5  2-2  4 3 2.70
Broxton      0.0 2  3-3  2 0 2.33
Saito        2.0 1  0-0  1 4 2.10
Gagne (S,1)  1.0 0  0 0  0 2 0.00
  T- 3:13. Att- 46,347.
White Hits 'Trifecta'-- The Dodgers took Clayton Kershaw, a high school left-hander out of suburban Dallas, with the seventh overall pick and are expected to sign him quickly to a bonus that probably will fall somewhere about $2.4 million.

Kershaw, who has a scholarship offer to Texas A&M, said it wouldn't take long to sign him.

The Dodgers second and overall 26th pick went for Bryan Morris, who failed to sign with Tampa Bay, which drafted him in the third round last season. The Dodgers then took Preston Mattingly, a high school shortstop out of Evansville, Ind., and the son of former New York Yankees star Don Mattingly, with the 31st pick.

Morris is expected to get between something over a million, and Mattingly between a million or a little less. Together, those three picks shouldn't cost the Dodgers much more than the amount than the $2.98 million turned down by D.J. Hochevar last September.

"I feel as good as I have in any of the drafts since I have been here," said White, who has overseen the Dodgers' past five drafts. "I don't want to say we got every player we wanted, but we hoped we would get the combination of Kershaw, Morris and Mattingly. This was the best-case scenario going into it, and we got it."

For the Good Times --Former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser took the mound Tuesday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He won 135 games during his 13-year Dodger career and earned the Cy Young Award, NCLS MVP and World Series MVP honors with the Dodgers' 1988 World Series winners and broke Don Drysdale's record of 58 consecutive scoreless innings.

*M*A*S*H* Report-- Jeff Kent's sprained left wrist continues to heal, and he is scheduled to he return to the Dodgers lineup on June 13 at San Diego. Cesar Izturis has gone 2-for-14 in his four games with the Las Vegas 51s, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Dioner Navarro will likely take a rehab assignment on Thursday in Las Vegas, after missing 29 games as of Tuesday with a bone bruise on his right wrist. The Dodgers aren't likely to keep three catchers, so they'll have to decide between Navarro or Alomar as the back-up.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Gagne admitted his elbow was "a little sore and stiff" after he put down the Mets in order in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 8-5 win. Gagne underwent surgery on April 7 to remove a nerve and said he's still not 100 percent two months later, even after a two-game rehabilitation assignment and a one-inning return appearance at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. Although Gagne's discomfort was apparent, he continued to pitch, and nobody from the dugout went to the mound. He twice hit 92 mph with his fastball, but more often was around 89. Afterward, clubhouse comments were carefully worded. …The game was a Major League first -- an all-Canadian battery of Gagne and Russell Martin.

The final game of the series and the homestand will feature the Dodgers' Odalis Perez (4-1, 6.05 ERA) against Tom Glavine (8-2, 2.59 ERA) of the Mets. It will be Perez's first start since May 2. He made six appearances out of the bullpen for the Dodgers since that last start.