Errors Cost Dodgers Rubber Game

The Angeles, boosted by a pair of unearned runs, won the rubber game of the three-game Freeway Series by a 4-2 margin, tagging Brad Penny with the loss. The relative importance of the game was underscored when center fielder Juan Pierre, first baseman Nomar Garciaparra, left fielder Luis Gonzalez, right fielder Andre Ethier and catcher Russell Martin did not see action.

Penny allowed three runs -- two earned -- all in the fourth inning and gave up seven hits over five innings in his final tuneup before Friday's regular-season debut at San Francisco. The right-hander, held to just 16 innings this spring because of shoulder stiffness, was 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in five starts.

Brett Tomko allowed two hits and an unearned run in his two-inning tune-up. Rookie Jon Meloan pitched a scoreless eighth and fanned two.

James Loney had a pair of singles, boosting his average to .414, and Ramon Martinez singled and doubled for Martinez. Consecutive singles by Loney, Kemp and Wilson Betemit in the first inning highlighted the Dodgers' two-run rally that gave them a short-lived 2-0 lead.

Maicer Izturis, former Dodger Cesar Isturis' little brother, singled to knock in a run and scored the winning run on a ground ball Saturday night.

Francisco Rodriguez earned the save for the Angels, overmatching minor leaguers Ivan DeJesus, Lucas May and Adam Godwin in the ninth.
 Score by innings
Dodgers	200 000 000-2	
Angels	000 300 10x-4

 Dodgers	        ab r h bi ave
Brady Clark cf	        4  0  1  0  .277
 Adam Godwin pr-lf	1  0  0  0  .000
James Loney 1b	        4  1  2  0  .414
Matt Kemp rf	        4  1  1  0  .246
Wilson Betemit 3b	3  0  1  0  .246
 Andy LaRoche 3b	1  0  0  0  .175
Marlon Anderson dh	3  0  0  1  .188
 Blake DeWitt ph-dh	1  0  0  0  .000
Wilson Valdez lf-cf	4  0  3  1  .356
 Sergio Garcia ph-2b	1  0  0  0  .167
Ramon Martinez ss	2  0  2  0  .250
 Ivan DeJesus ss	2  0  0  0  .278
Kelly Stinnett c	3  0  1  0  .176
 Lucas May c	        1  0  0  0  .333
    Totals	       37  2  12  2 	
    Angels	       33  4  10  3

 Error- Kemp (2). 2B -Martinez (1). 
RBI- Anderson (1), Valdez (10). 
CS- Valdez (1). LOB-Dodgers 8, Angels 11.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Penny (0-2)	5.0  7  3-2  1  1  8.44
Brett Tomko	2.0  2  1-0  2  2  4.29
Jon Meloan	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  2.25
 WP- Tomko. PB- May (1), Stinnett (3). 
Time- 2:28. Att- 43,777.
Smoking Kemp-- Matt Kemp has been on fire, showing flashes of his power that was on display last June when he hit seven home runs over his first 18 days in the Major Leagues.  

On March 22, Kemp was hitting .209 (9-for-43) with no homers and two RBI, but since then, the Oklahoma native has gone 7-for-22 (.318) with four home runs and seven RBI to raise his average to .253 and his slugging percentage to .475.

The 22-year old speedster has also swiped four bases this spring, which is second on the club, behind Juan Pierre's five. Kemp, 22, hit .368 in 44 games with Triple-A Las Vegas.

No more Manny-- Special instructor Manny Mota, who has been a member of the Dodgers' coaching staff in some capacity since 1980, will no longer be allowed in the dugout during games.

Major League Baseball is inforcing its rules that allow only the players, manager and six coaches to be in the dugout during games. The ruling also cut Boston legend Johnny Pesky from the dugout.

Mota, a Dodger from 1970-82, once held the major-league record for most career pinch-hits (150). He will be in uniform during batting practice at home games but will no longer attend road games.

"I feel fine," Mota said when asked for his reaction. "Rules are rules and that's that. I'm glad and grateful to be part of this organization. ... Wherever they need me, that's where I'll be. I will be a Dodger for the rest of my life."

Mota's 20-year Major League playing career produced a career-record 150 pinch hits, which stood from 1979 until 2001, when it was broken by Lenny Harris. Mota broke in with San Francisco in 1962 and played with five teams, predominantly with the Dodgers (1970-1982).

Dodger Blue Notes-- The Braves put Willie Aybar on the disabled list with an injured hand. They also optioned pitchers Buddy Carlyle and Steve Colyer to the minor leagues. …After the third game of the Freeway Series, the two teams will not see each other until May 18, when the Dodgers visit Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Angels don't come to Dodger Stadium until June 15, where last season, the Dodgers swept their Southern California neighbors, outscoring them 31-7 in the process. Since Interleague Play began in 1997, the Dodgers are 26-30 against the Angels, including 16-12 at Dodger Stadium. …The Dodgers 13-4 victory guaranteed the club a winning record during Spring Training for the second consecutive season. Los Angeles stands at 17-15-1 (.531) and last year finished at 15-13-5, setting the franchise record for ties during the spring season. The Dodger record for wins during the spring is 21, which happened in 1988, 1995 and 1999. …The Dodgers drew 76,899 fans over 15 games this year at Holman Stadium inn Vero Beach, their highest total since 1992, when the team packed in 85,332 in just 14 home dates. The rainout against the Red Sox on March 16 does not count in the official attendance records, but would have boosted the attendance mark to 85,966 and given the Dodgers a record home attendance at Holman Stadium. …The Dodgers were saddened to learn about the passing on Thursday of Gertrude Steiner, the mother of Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner. Gertrude Steiner was 95 years old.  

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