Dodger bats went silent in Vero after an opening three-hit attack that netted their only run. Derek Lowe started, allowed four straight hits in the second and enough runs (2) to be tagged with his first decision of the spring on a cool Sunday afternoon.
It was also the first runs allowed by the Dodger starting staff after Randy Wolf, Jason Schmidt and Brad Penny all worked a pair of scoreless innings in the first three games.
The contest was the home half of a split-squad game, with Coach Dave Jauss taking the other half of the team to Viera to play Washington.
Six Los Angeles relievers combined to allow two runs, one earned, over the final seven innings.
Joe Mays worked the third and fourth innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. Rudy Seanez, Elmer Dessens, Zach Hammes and Chin-hui Tsao added zeros in one inning increments.
Seanez allowed an unearned run, rather Ramon Martinez's error at shortstop allowed it, in the fifth. It was one of three errors, the others by Ivan DeJesus, Jr. and centerfielder Matt Kemp, but it was the only boot that made a difference.
Jonathan Broxton was tagged for a pair of singles and a stolen base in the seventh that cost the final run.
Jason Repko, who had a par of hits ad a walk, singled to lead off the game and stole second. With two out. Jeff Kent lined a soft single to left field, giving the Dodgers their only lead of the game.
Luis Gonzalez followed with another hit and Matt Kemp walked but a force place ended the inning.
L.A. threatened in the fifth when Repko and DeJesus singled with one out but a double play choked off that rally and Gonzalez lived on a throwing error that allowed him to go to second in the sixth but pinch-runner Choo Freeman died at third.
Olmedo Sanenz chopped a hit in the eighth, the only safe hie over the final three innings.
Today (Monday) the Dodgers travel to Ft. Myers to meet the Red Sox. Pitchers scheduled include: LHP Randy Wolf, RHP Chad Billingsley, LHP Matt White, LHP Joe Beimel, RHP Rudy Seanez and RHP Dario Veras. Part of the squad will stay on the West Coast of Florida and play Minnesota on Tuesday.
Score by innings Atlanta 020 010 100-4 Los Angeles 100 000 000-1 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Jason Repko rf 3 1 2 0 .500 Mike Liebenthal c 2 0 0 0 .000 Ivan DeJesus ss 2 0 1 0 .500 Nomar Garciaparra 1b 3 0 0 0 .000 Olmedo Saenz 1b 1 0 1 0 .400 Jeff Kent 2b 3 0 2 1 .500 Tony Abreu 2b 1 0 0 0 .250 Luis Gonzalez lf 2 0 1 0 .250 Choo Freeman pr-lf 1 0 0 0 .333 Matt Kemp cf 3 0 0 0 .125 Wilson Betemit 3b 3 0 0 0 .000 Josh Bell ph 1 0 0 0 .000 Ramon Martinez ss 2 0 0 0 .167 Andy LaRoche 3b 2 0 0 0 .333 Derek Lowe p 1 0 0 0 .000 Russell Martin ph 1 0 0 0 .000 Ken Huckaby c 2 0 0 0 .000 Larry Barnes ph 1 0 0 0 .000 Totals 34 1 7 1 Braves 34 4 11 3 Errors- Martinez, DeJesus, Kemp. SB- Repko. LOB- Atlanta 8, Dodgers 8. DP- Mays, Martinez and Garcia- parra. Pitching in h r-er bb so era Derek Lowe (0-1) 2.0 4 2-2 0 1 9.00 Joe Mays 2.0 1 0-0 0 2 0.00 Rudy Seanez 1.0 1 1-0 0 0 0.00 Elmer Dessens 1.0 2 0-0 0 0 0.00 Jon Broxton 1.0 2 1-1 0 2 9.00 Zach Hammes 1.0 1 0-0 0 0 0.00 Chin-hui Tsao 1.0 0 0-0 0 1 4.50 A-4,369.Washington 6 - Dodgers 2
In the road half of the split squad afternoon, Washington took advantage of a pair of Dodger errors to score three unearned runs and claim a 6-2 victory.
Los Angeles jumped into a 2-0 lead n the top of the third innings when Damian Jackson walked and Kelly Stinnett doubled to center to score Jackson. Wilson Valdez continued to make decisions within the Dodger staff by knocking in Stinett.
After Brett Tomko allowed one hit and no runs in two innings, Washington jumped on D.J. Houlton in the third inning, cutting he lead to 2-1 on a solo home run.
Houlton's luck turned bad in the fourth inning when with one out, an error by third baseman Fernando Tatis (the fifth error by a Dodger third baseman in the first six games).
Houlton gave up a single but then got the second out of the inning before being replaced by Tim Hamulak who promptly served up a two-RBI single to put Washington in front 3-2 and hand Houlton the loss.
The Nationals added two runs (one earned) off rookie Scott Elbert, who allowed only one hit in two innings but walked four, threw a wild pitch and struck out three, and a single run off fellow rookie Mike Megrew.
James Loney (.364) and Wilson Valdez (.600) had a pair of hits. Spring hero Larry Bigbe lost almost 300 points off off his batting average by going 0-for-3 but is still hitting .556.
The Dodger lineup and substitute included: Wilson Valdez, ss-2b; Jamie Hoffman, lf; Juan Pierre, cf; Xavier Paul, cf; Loney, 1b; Cory Dunlap, 1b; Tatis, 3b; Marshall McDougall, 3b; Andre Ethier, rf; Mitch Jones, rf; DY Young, dh; Sandy Martinez, ph-dh; Bigbee, lf; Francisco Lizarraga, 2b; Jackson, 2b; Chin-Lung Hu, ss; Stinette, c; A.J. Ellis, c.
The pitching rotation included starter Brett Tomko (2 innings), followed by Houlton (1.2), Hamulak (1.1), Elbert (1) and Megrew (1).
Still Really Good-- Retrosheet creator Dave Smith sets the record straight on the claim that Brooklyn's Clem Labine retired Hall of Famer Stan Musial 49 times in a row. In his career, Musial was 10 for 42 (.238) with six walks against Labine. Not bad for Labine, but not the unbelievable figure set forth Friday. He did, however, hold him to 1-for-13 in 1957. Musial killed the Dodgers during the 1940s and 1950s and got his name "Stan the Man" from Brooklyn fans. During a doubleheader, in which Musial seemed to be on base every time up, a fan near the press box screamed, "Here's that man again," on his final appearance of the day -- hence the moniker "The Man" stuck with him the rest of his career. …