L.A. Blows 6-1 Lead; Rallies to Win

It looked like a laugher for the Dodgers in their game in Miami this season. They built a 6-1 lead with Derek Lowe on the mound but an error allowed the Marlins to tie it in the fourth. Jeff Kent's RBI single, his third run batted in on the night, drove in the winning run in the ninth.

Los Angeles faced Andrew Miller, the wunderkin Florida received in the Miguel Cabrera trade but they solved him quickly and rolled up a 6-1 lead in the top of the third.

The pesky Florida team just wouldn't stay dead and scored single runs in he second, third and fourth innings. After a two-out error in the fifth by James Loney they scored three to tie.

Kent had a pair of hits good for three RBI and Matt Kemp smacked a two-run single. Andre Ethier was on base four time during the night and scored three times in addition to adding a pair of singles to boost his average to .318.

After starter Derek Lowe allowed the three unearned runs, the Dodger bullpen crafted four innings of one-hit work, striking our six in the bargain.

The Dodgers scored first on three seeing-eye hits all to left field by Ethier, Kemp and Martin.

They added four in the second when Andruw Jones beat out and infield hit but was gobbled up on a Blake DeWitt double play ball.

But then Lowe dropped a high pop into center for a hit, Furcal doubled and Ethier walked. Kemp and Kent each slapped two-RBI singles to boost the lead to 5-0.

Luis Gonzalez, a late replacement in left field, singled in a run in the second for Florida but Jones walked, DeWitt beat out an infield hit and a wild pitch made it 6-1.

At this point, the Dodgers were 10-for-20 but then things went to pieces.

Lowe surrendered a home run to Dan Uggla in the bottom of the inning and Jorge Cantu's second double, Gonzalez's second single and a double play gave Florida their third run.

Lowe continued to struggle in the fifth but his problems were magnified by a two out error by Loney. A walk, broken-bat double, Kemp's error on the relay and Cantu's third hit of the game and the three unearned runs had tied the score.

The game was turned over to the bullpens and they took care of it quite nicely. Florida threw five shutout innings at the Dodgers and Los Angeles added four.

Scott Proctor worked two and Joe Beimel added one zero to the board.

The Dodgers got a two-out single by DeWitt in the eighth and when Mark Sweeney doubled into the corner, DeWitt was nailed with plenty to spare.

But in the ninth, Ethier drew a one out walk, moved to second on Kemp's ground ball and scored when Kent lined a single to center for his third RBI of the game.

Takashi Saito was perfect in the bottom of the ninth, setting the Marlins down 1-2-3 with a pair of strikeouts and earning his third save.

The win went to Beimel (2-0) and was the fourth in a row for Los Angeles and their sixth in eight games, evening their record to 13-13.

Chad Billingsley (0-4, 6.53) will start against Scott Olson (2-0, 2.06) tonight in the second game of the series.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	141 000 001-7
Florida	        011 130 000-6

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	5  1  1  0  .355
Ethier lf	4  3  2  0  .318
Kemp rf	        5  1  2  2  .293 
Kent 2b	        5  0  2  3  .293
 Hu 2b	        0  0  0  0  .261  
Martin c	5  0  1  1  .276
Loney 1b	4  0  0  0  .287
Jones cf	3  1  1  0  .165
DeWitt 3b	4  0  2  0  .270
Lowe p	        1  1  1  0  .333
 Young ph	1  0  1  0  .385
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sweeney	1  0  1  0  .118
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	37 7 14 6	

 Error- Loney (2), Kemp (1). 2b hits-
Furcal (11), Sweeney (1). RBI- Martin
(10), Kemp 2 (13), Kent 3 (15). SB-
Ethier (2), Kemp (2). LOB- Los Angeles
7, Florida 3. DP- Furcal, Kent and
Loney.
 
 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lowe	        5.0  8  6-3  1  2  2.88
Proctor	        2.0  0  0-0  1  2  5.14
Beimel (2-0)	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.93
Saito (sv 3)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.38
 T- 2:48. Att- 11,344.
Broxton Unavailable
Jonathan Broxton was listed as unavailable before the game and was taken to a local clinic for an MRI on his Lattissimus Dorsi muscle, the flat muscle high on the side under the arm. Broxton told the club he first felt the injury Sunday, when he pitched one inning and walked two during the eighth inning of the 3-2 win over Colorado. He reported it to team trainers on Monday. The injury was diagnosed as a strain and he will not be placed on the disabled list.

Furcal Ties Mark
Rafael Furcal doubled in the second inning for his 16th extra base hit of the season to tie the Dodger record set by Tim Wallach in 1994.

Dodger Blue Notes-- The win was only the fourth of the season on the road and the club plays 18 of the next 30 games away from home. Their road record coming into the game was 3-8, they were hitting .233 and had scored 3.2 runs per game. At home they are 9-5 with a .308 average and 5.9 runs per game. ...Russell Martin nailed Henley Ramirez stealing second twice in the game. Ramirez came into the contest with nine steals and hadn't be thrown out at second all season. ...Andruw Jones beat out an infield single in the second but ended the game in a 4-for-30 (.133) funk.

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