Ninth Inning Rally Boosts Dodgers

VERO BEACH, Fla.-- Larry Bigbe's shot to right field drove in the winning run in the last of the ninth as the Dodgers scored three times to win a wild, 10-9 decision over Washington.

With most of the regulars showered and dressed and trailing 9-7, the rookies and non-roster players crafted a six-hit rally in the last of the ninth.

Ivan DeJesus got his second big hit in two days, doubling to short right leading off the final inning. Delwyn Young rammed a single to center, cutting the deficit to one run.

With one out, first baseman Cory Dunlap banged a shot off the pitcher's glove that wound up in right field, Young taking third.

Francisco Lizarraga ran for Dunlap and moved to second on Tony Abreu's second single as Young scored to tie things at nine all.

Lucas May looped a single to center, loading the bases and Bigbe's single could have scored two runs had two been needed.

Abreu, who didn't come into the game until the fifth inning, finished 2-for-2 with three runs batted in. Young doubled and singled, knocking in two and Jeff Kent homered in the first, his first of the season, with Juan Pierre on base.

Elmer Dessens, the fifth pitcher of the day, allowed a homer in the top of the ninth but benefitted from the big rally and won his first game.

Brad Penny started and squandered Kent's two-run homer, allowing one run in the second and three in the third. He left the game having given up four runs on nine hits and a couple walks, his ERA at 12.86.

L.A. erased the 4-2 lead in the fifth inning when Wilson Valdez and Young doubled for one; James Loney's RBI single (keeping his average a neat .500) that tied the game. Abreu's sac fly put the Dodgers up 5-4.

Hong-Chih Kuo pitched a pair of hitless, scoreless innings and seemed in line for the win when Valdez's homer in the sixth made it 6-4.

Eric Stults was hammered in the seventh inning, giving back the lead and leaving the game trailing 7-6.

Abreu's homer tied things again in the seventh but Joe Beimel and Dessens each allowed a run that put the Nationals in the driver's seat, leading 9-7 into the bottom of the ninth.

The Dodgers hit the road to play Baltimore at Fort Lauderdale Monday (today) with Brett Tomko drawing the starting nod.
  Score by innings
 Washington   013 000 311-  9
 Dodgers      200 031 103- 10

 Dodgers               ab  r  h  bi  ave
Choo Freeman lf	        2  0  1  0  .190  
 Delwyn Young lf	2  0  0  2  .333     
Juan Pierre cf	        3  2  2  0  .381  
 Matt Kemp cf	        2  0  0  0  .150
James Loney 1b	        2  0  1  1  .500 
 Cory Dunlap 1b	        2  0  1  0  .250
 Fran Lizarraga pr	0  1  0  0  .000
Jeff Kent 2b	        2  1  1  2  .417
 Tony Abreu 2b	        2  1  2  3  .409
Luis Gonzalez dh	2  0  0  0  .250 
 Olmedo Saenz dh	2  0  0  0  .333
 Lucas May ph	        1  0  1  0  .500
Andre Ethier rf	        2  0  1  0  .500  
 Larry Bigbe rf	        3  0  1  1  .385
Wilson Betemit 3b	3  0  1  0  .130  
 Andy LaRoche 3b	1  0  0  0  .208  
Kelly Stinett c	        2  0  0  0  .308
 Sandy Martinez c	2  0  0  0  .083
Wilson Valdez ss-2b	2  2  2  1  .385
 Ivan DeJesus ss	1  1  1  0  .500
   Totals               39  10  17  10
   Florida              41   9  15   9

  Error-Dunlap (1), Young (1). 
2b hits- Valdez (3), Young (2), 
DeJesus (1). HR-Kent (1), Valdez 
(2), Abreu (2). RBI- Kent 2 (5), 
Young 2 (4), Abreu 3 (7), Valdez 
(5), Bigbe (10). SF- Abreu. LOB- 
Dodgers 7,Washington 10. DP- 
Kent, Valdez and Loney; DeJesus 
and Dunlap.
		
  Dodgers          	    in  h  r-er  bb so  era 
Brad Penny	             3  5  4-4  2  4  6.43   
Hong-Chih Kuo	             2  3  4-4  1  2  7.50   
Eric Stults  	             1  0  0-0  1  2  0.00  
Joe Beimel 	             1  1  0-0  0  1  0.00  
Elmer Dessens (1-0)          1  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
 T- 3:07. A--4,354.
Dodger Blue Notes-- A record crowd enjoyed an autograph session on the field before the game, mobbing the players who were separated from them by a rope fence. The last to leave the field when time ran out included Manager Grady Little, James Loney, Takashi Saito, Jason Repko, Marlon Anderson and Matt White. It is not known if any of the autograph seekers attempted to get White to put his John Henry on a blank check. …The Dodgers have a tough decision to make on outfielder Larry Bigbe, who is hitting .385 and leading the team with 10 runs batted in. But Manager Grady Little pointed out, "We left Florida last year with 25 players and before the season ended we had written 49 different names on our lineup card." …Former Dodger lefty Chris Michalek started for Washington and left the game in the third inning leading 4-2 and in line for the win. …Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, pointed out that Dodger starting pitchers Derek Lowe, Jason Schmidt, Brad Penny and Randy Wolf, have an ERA over seven. The four candidates for the fifth starting slot -- Brett Tomko, Hong-Chih Kuo, Chad Billingsley and Mark Hendrickson -- have an earned run average under 3.00.

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