Two Late Runs Dump Dodgers 3-2

The Dodgers and Mets engaged in another battle, with New York scoring once in the eighth and an unearned run in the ninth to take a 3-2 decision.

Brad Penny drew the start, his second, and became the first pitcher of the spring to work three innings, allowing one run on three hits.

A pair of double plays helped him out in sthe first two innings. Hu, Young and Loney closed the Mets out in the first with the bases loaded and Loney made a great 3-6 double play in the second, then second baseman Delwyn Young made a fie defensive play to end the inning and hold NY to a single run.

Gary Bennett tagged Mets ace Johan Santana for a long shot that seemed headed for a home run but the ball hit the wall for a double.

Jason Repko came into the game 1-for-10 and laced a single up the middle to score Bennett and give the Dodgers a brief, 1-0 lead.

Chan Ho Park took the ball from Penny in the fifth and allowed a single and a walk, with Young making another fine play for the first out. He then went on a strikeout binge, ending he inning with two "Ks" and struck out the first Met in the fifth.

Los Angeles broke the 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh. After Ethier had scalded a shot off the pitcher's glove to the second baseman in the air for the first out, catcher Lucas May lived on an outfield error.

George Lombard, fresh off a monster home run Tuesday night against Washington, pinch-hit for Repko and lined a single to right for a 2-1 lead.

Mike Koplove pitched a scoreless sixth, striking out a pair, and Mike Myers took over in the seventh pitched around a hit and an error by Hu, helped by another fine play by Young at second.

Brian Falkenborg had everything but luck in the bottom of the eighth. A drive down the right field line could [should?] have been handled by Terry Tippee and on an 0-2 pitch and one out, a broken-bat single dropped just over the infield to tie the game.

Brady Clark, who had beaten the Dodgers in each of the first two meetings between the two teams, came up with runners at first and third but this time his magic didn't work and he bounced out to second.

Lucas May and Lombard singled with one out in the top of the ninth but Ivan De Jesus bounced into a double play to end the threat.

But in the ninth, Tom Martin allowed a single, a passed ball moved the runner up and a ground ball over the first base bag into the corner gave the Mets their third straight win over the Dodgers by one run.

Los Angeles slid to 2-5-1 on the season with the loss.

Delwyn Young's hitless streak ended at 0-for-15 when he singled in the seventh. Repko was 1-for-10 and singled twice. But Andruw Jones was 0-for-3 and dropped to .133 (2-for-15) with one extra base hit.

The Dodgers bus 150 miles to Fort Myers for a game with Boston Wednesday (today) with Derek Lowe drawing the start.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	010 000 100-2
New York	010 000 011-3

 Los Angeles	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Young 2b	3  0  1  0  .063
Loney 1b	4  0  0  0  .368
 Tiffee 1b	0  0  0  0  .000  
Jones cf	3  0  0  0  .133
 Paul cf	1  0  0  0  .286
Garciaparra dh	2  0  0  0  .333  
 Lindsey ph-1b	2  0  0  0  .300
LaRoche 3b	4  0  1  0  .353
Ethier lf	3  0  0  0  .222
Griffin cf	1  0  0  0  .100
Bennett c	2  1  1  0  .273 
 May c	        2  1  1  0  .333
Repko rf	2  0  2  1  .250
 Lombard ph-rf	2  1  2  1  .429
Hu ss	        3  0  1  0  .167
 De Jesus ss	1  0  0  0  .333
  Totals	35 2 8  2
  New York	35 3 11 2

 2b hits- Bennett (1). RBI-
Repko (1), Lombard (2). LOB- 
Los Angeles 7, New York 9.
SB- Repko (1). DP- Hu, Young 
and Loney; Loney and Hu.
 Los Angeles	in   h  r-er bb so  era
Penny	        3.0  3  1-1  2  1  1.80 
Park	        2.0  1  0-0  1  3  0.00
Koplove	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2 10.13
Myers	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
Falkenborg	1.0  3  1-1  0  0  3.00
Tom Martin (L)	0.2  2  1-0  0  0  6.75
 PB- May (1). WP- Penny. T- 2:39.
First Cut
First cuts were made, moving the roster to 57. Reassigned: pitchers Brian Shackelford, Fernando De La Cruz, Rick Asadoorian and Alfredo Simon (who still hasn't reported because of visa problems in the Dominican) and catchers A.J. Ellis and Gabriel Gutierrez.

Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers have eight first-round draft picks in camp, including four who are supplemental first-round selections. Of the eight first-round players, Chad Billingsley (24th overall in 2003), James Loney (19th overall in 2002), Miller (31st in 2002), Justin Orenduff (33rd overall in 2004), and Jason Repko (37th overall in 1999) were selected by the Dodgers. The other three are Rick Asadoorian (17th overall by Boston Red Sox in 1999), Garciaparra (12th overall by Boston in 1994), and John-Ford Griffin (23rd overall by New York Yankees in 2001). Both Asadoorian and Griffin are in Dodger camp as non-roster invitees.

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