Marlins-Dodgers Split Saturday Games

VERO BEACH, FL.-- Much for home field advantage. Florida collected 10 hits off six different Dodger pitchers and the Marlins took a 8-5 split-squad victory at Holman Stadium. In Jupiter, the Dodgers 'road' team collected a 5-2 win on the Marlin turf.

The Marlins pounded out six extra-base hits, including five doubles, among their 10 hits, then smothered the Dodgers the final four innings to earn an 8-5 win. inning.

Starter Jason Schmidt was tapped for a pair of two-run innings in his three-inning afternoon and reliever Greg Miller was treated even more rudely, as Florida tacked on three in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Nomar Garciaparra had his best day at the plate this spring, slugging a two-run homer in the third, his second of the year, and knocking in three.

Luis Gonzalez went 2-for-2 with an RBI double and an RBI single to account for the other two Dodger runs.

The L.A leadoff slot and the bottom five in the Dodger lineup went 2-for-25 without one run scored and zero runs batted in.

Following Miller on the mound, Takashi Saito, Jon Broxton, Rudy Seanez and Chin-hui Tsao allowed only a pair of singles and fanned four over the final four frames.

Juan Pierre had a pair of hits, including a bunt he popped perfectly over a charging Marlin third baseman that went for a 90-foot double.

After the game he admitted he didn't intentionally 'slug' the two-bagger. "I was trying to push the ball between third and the shortstop and got too much of the ball. I wish I could say I planned it that way."

Andre Ethier's single in the fourth inning knocked Florida starter Chris Volstad out of the game -- literally. He lined a shot off Volstad's leg and beat it out but the Marlins removed their pitcher as a precautionary move.

The last gasp for the Dodgers came in the fifth inning. A one-out error and three singles cut their deficit to three runs and brought the tying run to the plate.

However, Ethier, and his .500 batting average didn't get a chance when Mike Liebenthal was picked off second base by the Florida catcher to end the inning, the final threat and as it turned out, the game
 Florida   220 310 000- 8
 Dodgers   102 020 000- 5

 Dodgers               ab  r  h  bi  ave
Wilson Valdez ss-2b	4  1  0  0  .296
 AJ Ellis ph	        1  0  0  0  .000   
Juan Pierre cf	        3  2  2  0  .333
 Choo Freeman cf	1  0  0  0  .158	
Nomar Garciaparra 1b	3  2  2  3  .235
 Larry Barnes lf	0  0  0  0  .000
Luis Gonzalez lf	2  0  2  1  .300
 Chin-Lung Hu pr-ss	1  0  0  0  .333
Mike Lieberthal c	3  0  1  0  .231
 Kelly Stinett c	1  0  0  0  .364
Andre Ethier rf	        3  0  1  0  .500
 Xavier Paul rf	        1  0  0  0  .333
Wilson Betemit 3b	3  0  0  0  .100
 Marshall McDougall 3b	1  0  0  0  .500
Larry Bigbe dh	        4  0  0  0  .391
Tony Abreu 2b	        2  0  0  0  .350
 Olmedo Saenz 1b	2  0  0  0 .375
  Totals  	       36  5  8  5
  Florida	       36  8 10  8 

 2B-Gonzalez (1), Pierre (1).
HR-Garciaparra (2). RBI-Garciaparra
3 (4), Gonzalez 2 (3). SB-Pierre
(2). LOB-Dodgers 5, Florida 5.
		
  Dodgers              in  h  r-er  bb so  era 
Jason Schmidt 0-1	3  5  4-4  2  4  6.43   
Greg Miller	        2  3  4-4  1  2  7.50   
Takashi Saito  	        1  0  0-0  1  2  0.00  
Jon Broxton 	        1  1  0-0  0  1  0.00  
Rudy Seanez  	        1  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Chin-hui Tsao	        1  1  0-0  0  2  2.25
 HBP-by Miller. A--4,102.
Houlton Earns Road Win-- The Dodger road lineup, laced with rookies, cracked out 11 hits and received strong pitching from six different pitchers to win in Jupiter 5-2.

Jason Loney continued his hot hitting, rapping out a pair of hits to keep his average at an even .500. Jason Repko doubled twice and Ivan DeJesus knocked in a pair of important runs.

Repko also pulled a groin muscle making a catch in the outfield. "It isn't a high pull," he said, "and that's good but we won't know much more until tomorrow."

A three-run fifth inning did most of the damage for Los Angeles. With the game tied 1-1, Repko and Russell Martin doubled to break the tie.

Loney and Andy LaRoche fanned but Matt Kemp and Delwyn Young walked to make it 3-1 and DeJesus slapped a pinch-hit single between third and short to knock in a pair of runs.

A third inning double by Matt Kemp drove in the first run of the game. Blake DeWitt's sacrifice fly in the seventh accounted for the final run.

Mark Hendrickson started for Los Angeles and allowed only a single hit an unearned run in the first of his three innings of work but left the game tied 1-1.

D.J. Houlton was perfect in his two innings, allowing no hits and striking out a pair. He was the beneficiary of the three-run rally and collected the win.

Zach Hammes surrendered a run in the sixth before Dario Veras, Tim Hamulak, and Travis Smith held Florida hitless over the final three innings with Smith earning his first save.

Los Angeles moved their spring record to 7-6 and hosts Washington today (Sunday) with Brad Penny drawing his third start.
 Score by innings
Dodgers	001 030 100-5
Marlins	100 001 000-2

 Dodgers	        ab  r  h  bi ave
Jason Repko lf-cf	 5  1  2  0  .333
 Dario Veras p	         0  0  0  0  .000
 Tim Hamulak p    	 0  0  0  0  .000
 Fran Lizarraga ph	 1  0  0  0  .000
Russell Martin c	 3  1  1  0  .263
 Ken Huckaby ph-c	 1  0  2  0  .143
James Loney 1b	         4  0  2  0  .500
Matt Kemp cf	         3  1  1  1  .167
 Ryan Rogowski lf-cf	 0  0  0  0  .000
Delwyn Young dh-lf	 3  1  1  0  .278
Ramon Martinez ss	 1  0  0  0  .286
 Ivan DeJesus ph-ss	 2  0  1  2  .400
Fernando Tatis 1b	 3  0  0  0  .158
 Mitch Jones rf	         1  0  0  0  .000
Damian Jackson 2b	 3  0  1  0  .125
 Blake DeWitt 2b	 1  0  0  0  .000
Mark Hendrickson p	 0  0  0  0  .000
 D.J. Houlton	         0  0  0  0  .000
 Zach Hammes p	         0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	        36  5  11  5
  Florida	        32  2   4  1

 Errors-LaRoche (5). 2b hits-
Repko 2 (4), Kemp (2), Martin (1).
RBI- Kemp (1), Martin (2), DeJesus
2 (2), DeWitt (1). SF-DeWitt.
SB-Jackson (1), Repko (3). CS-
Martinez (1). LOB-Dodgers 14,
Marlins  5.

 Dodgers       in  h  r-er  bb so  era	
Hendrickson	3  1  1-0  1  2  8.10
Houlton (1-0)	2  2  0-0  0  2  2.45
Hammes	        1  3  1-1  1  0  3.00
Veras	        1  0  0-0  0  0  6.00
Hamulak	        1  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Smith (sv 2)	1  0  0-0  0  1  9.00
 T-3:02.					

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