Sweeney's Clutch Homer Tops Fish

Pinch-hitter deluxe Mark Sweeney, operating as the designated hitter in the Dodgers final exhibition game in Florida, slammed a home run in the eighth to erase an early 1-0 Marlin lead and give L.A. the win to improve to 8-13-2 and Tommy Lasorda finished 2-6 in his eight games.

Uber-rookie Clayton Kershaw saved an otherwise Far Eastern pitching effort, working the final three innings to save the game for Takashi Saito.

Hiroki Kuroda started and worked five strong innings, allowing only three hits and a single run. The run came in the first on a double and a single.

Saito worked a scoreless sixth and Kershaw gave up a harmless single over his three innings to earn his first save.

The effort dropped Kershaw's earned run average to 1.29.

Held scoreless through six innings, Andre Ethier drew a walk, Jovany Rosario ran for him and scored on Sweeney's shot.

Blake DeWitt collected Los Angeles' first hit, a single to left, to open the third inning. Delwyn Young (.156), Russell Martin (.175), James Loney (.259) went hitless.

Former Dodger Mark Hendrickson worked six scoreless innings, leaving the game with a 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers' say goodbye to Florida and will fly to Arizona on join the rest of their teammates. Wednesday is an optional workout day in Phoenix, before the Dodgers officially open Cactus League play against the White Sox on Thursday.

Esteban Loaiza, still working on securing the fifth starter's role, will pitch for Los Angeles, opposite Chicago's Mark Buehrle.

The Dodgers sent pitcher Jason Johnson was reassigned to the minor camp, leaving 44 still on the roster.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	000 000 200-2
Florida	        100 000 000-1

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	3  0  1  0  .204
 Hoffman lf	0  0  0  0  1.000
Furcal ss	3  0  0  0  .280
 DeJesus ss	1  0  0  0  .227
Loney 1b	3  0  0  0  .259
Martin c	4  0  0  0  .175
 Bennett c	0  0  0  0  .250
Ethier cf	2  0  0  0  .340
 Rosario pr-c	1  1  0  0  .000
Sweeney dh	3  1  2  2  .318
Abreu 2b	3  0  1  0  .375
 Maza 2b	1  0  0  0  .091
DeWitt 3b	3  0  1  0  .257
Young rf	3  0  0  0  .156
  Totals	30 2 5 2
  Florida	30 1 5 1		

HR- Sweeney (1) RBI- Sweeney (2 (5).
S-Pierre. DP- Ethier and DeWitt.
LOB- Los Angeles 5, Florida 2.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kuroda	        5.0  3  1-1  0  2  5.14
Saito (W)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00    
Kershaw (sv)	3.0  2  0-0  0  3  1.29
 Balk- Kershaw. T- 2:12 Att- 4,747.

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