Dodgers Overcome Deficit, Win First

VERO BEACH, Florida. --Silhouetted against a gray, muggy sky, a lone horseman, Larry Bigbee, rode roughshod over the Washington National, slugging a double and a pair of homers, knocking in five runs and sparking a 12-7 comeback win, the first for Los Angeles this season. (With apologies to Grantland Rice).

It was the first victory for the Dodgers after an opening day loss to the Braves in Orlando.

Jason Schmidt started the home opener and worked a pair of scoreless innings, allowing two hits.

Los Angeles scored twice in the first on an error, a RBI single by Juan Pierre and Jeff Kent's grounder.

Mark Hendrickson, a 6-9 lefthander, took over for Schmidt in the third and was battered for five hits and seven runs in an inning and two-thirds.

Billionaire-in-waiting Matt White ended he fourth for Henderson and added a scoreless fifth.

Greg Miller (1-0) pitched added a pair of zeros on the scoreboard and earned the win. Rudy Seanez and Joe Beimel put up a single scoreless inning each.

Trailing 5-2, Luis Gonzalez sac fly added a run in the third and down five in the last of the fifth, Bigbee slugged a three-run shot to cut the National's lead to one.

Damian Jackson singled to drive in Jason Repko, who had walked, in the sixth to tie things 7-7 and Repko doubled after Bigbee singled with the winning run in the seventh.

The Dodgers added four in the eighth when James Loney doubled inside the first base bag to score two, then came across on Bigbee's second homer and fifth RBI.

The fielding play of the contest came when Wilson Betemit made a one-hand pickup and off-balance throw Loney to nip the batter and Loney's throw to Ken Huckaby at the plate nailed a Washington runner attempting to score from second.

Los Angeles travels to St. Lucie today (Saturday) to meet the Mets. Brad Penny, Hong-chic Kuo, Eric Stults, Dario Veras, Eric Hull and Zach Hammes will be available for the Dodgers.

Sunday will be a split squad affair with one team traveling to meet Washington and another hosting Atlanta in Holman Stadium.
 Score by innings
Washington    005 200 000- 7
Los Angeles   201 031 14x-12

 Dodgers                 ab  r  h bi   ave
Wilson Valdez ss         3  3  2  0  .600
 Chin-Lung Hu ss         2  1  1  0  .500
Juan Pierre cf           1  1  1  1  .667
 Choo Freeman cf         3  0  1  0  .250 
Nomar Garciaparra 1b     2  0  0  0  .000
 Damian Jackson pr-2b    2  1  1  1  .333
 Tony Abreu 2b           0  0  0  0  .000
Jeff Kent 2b             1  0  0  1  .000
 James Loney pr-1b       2  2  1  1  .250       
Luis Gonzalez lf         1  0  0  0  .000
 Larry Bigbee lf         3  3  3  5 1.000
Wilson Betemit 3b        2  0  0  0  .000
 Fernando Tatis 3b       3  0  0  0  .000
Mike Liebenthal dh       3  0  0  0  .000
 Andy LaRoche ph-dh      2  0  1  0  .250
Andre Ethier rf          2  0  1  0  .500
 Jason Repko rf          1  1  1  1  .500
Ken Huckaby c            2  0  0  0  .000
 Kelly Stinett c         3  0  2  0  .667
Jason Schmidt p          0  0  0  0  .000
 Mark Hendrickson p      0  0  0  0  .000
 Matt White p            0  0  0  0  .000
 Greg Miller p           0  0  0  0  .000
 Rudy Seanez p           0  0  0  0  .000
 Joe Beimel p            0  0  0  0  .000
 Dodgers                 38 12 15 12
 Nationals               36  7 11  6

 Errors- Valdez (2), Garciaparra (1).
2b hits- Bigbee, Repko, Hu, Loney.
HR- Bigbee 2. S- Pierre. SF- Gonzalez.
LOB- Washington 6, Dodgers 9. DP-
Tatis, Loney and Stinett; Abreu,
Hu and Loney; Schmidt, Valdez and
Garciaparra. SB- Valdez (1).

 Dodgers           in   h  r-er bb so era
Schmidt            2.0  2  0-0  2  1  0.00
Hendrickson        1.2  5  7-5  1  1 27.00
White              1.1  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Miller (1-0)       2.0  2  0-0  0  0  0.00
Seanez             1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Beimel             1.0  2  0-0  0  0  0.00
  HBP- by Miller. T-2:52. A-4,101. 
Dodger Blue Notes-- Second baseman Joe Thurston, who was nearly "guaranteed" the starting position going into spring training 2003 only to have a horrible time with the bat and dropped back into the minor leagues, was back in Dodgertown with the Washington team. Former Dodger minor league pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Chris Michalak are also with the Nationals.…A Venezuelan shortstop, 19-year-old Charlie Mirabal, was signed to a contract following the annual tryout at Dodgertown. Some 75-80 were on hand and a simulated game was held for about 25 selected players.

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