L.A. Wins on RBIs by Paul and Repko

Rookies Xavier Paul and Jason Repko came up with clutch, two out RBI singles in the last of the ninth inning to convert a 4-3 Chicago lead to a 5-4 Dodger victory. Paul had homered in the eighth inning. The rally made a winner of Steven Randolph, who struck out the side in his spring debut.

On a day the Dodgers re-introduced Manny Mota to a huge media gathering, the Dodgers fought from behind all afternoon until the two rookies came through in the last of the ninth.

The Sox took and early 1-0 lead on Eric Milton but newly-acquired Doug Mientkiewicz banged a home run to put Los Angeles in the lead. Chicago scored two more on Milton and Claudio Vargas allowed a homer in sixth to take a 4-2 margin.

Hiroki Kuroda glided through three shutout innings in his second start. He allowed a first inning single and struck out a pair.

Both clubs collected 10 hits. Dodgers pitching retired the final 13 White Sox without a safety. Los Angeles, on the other hand, six of their 10 hits in the final three innings.

Paul took over for Andre Ethier in the sixth inning and Repko had replaced Matt Kemp at the same time. RHP Hiroki Kuroda started and other than a one out single in the first inning, had little trouble over his two innings. He wracked up a pair of strikeouts in posing three scoreless innings. He had exceptional help leading off the third when second baseman Orlando Hudson made a diving stop of a ball hit up the middle and, throwing from his knees, nailed the runner.

The Dodgers put Andre Ethier on in the first with a walk; got a walk by Mark Loretta and singles by Juan Pierre (his first hit of the spring) and Delwyn Young. However Loretta was nailed easily on the plate attempting to score on Young's hit. Rafael Furcal led off the third with a triple but a ground ball and strikeouts by Hudson and Matt Kemp left him there.

Eric Milton took over the scoreless game in the fourth and quickly gave up back-to-back doubles for the first run of the game. A stolen base put a runner on third but Milton got a strikeout and a fly ball to left to end the inning.

Veteran Doug Mientkiewicz followed a walk to Mark Loretta in the bottom of the fourth with a long drive onto the right-centerfield berm and the Dodgers led 2-1. That only lasted until Milton worked his second inning. He was tagged for a first pitch home run to tie the game, then three more singles gave Chicago a 3-2 lead.

Claudio Vargas coughed up another home run in the sixth and L.A. trailed 4-2. A backhand stop and a toss to the pitcher by first baseman Mitch Jones recorded the second out, retiring John Shelby, Jr., son of the former Dodgers coach, and Jones also made a leaping catch and a putout on a ground ball to Loretta.

Going into the bottom of the seventh, Chicago had out-hit the Dodgers 10-4. Pierre and Young had back-to-back singles in the second, Furcal tripled in the third and Mientkiewicz had homered in the fourth.

Catcher A.J. Ellis singled up the middle in the seventh to break a 10-straight-outs streak nothing came of the hit. However, outfielder Xavier Paul, leading off the last of the eighth, slammed the first pitch for a home run. With one out, Juan Castro lined a ball over the left wall but it drifted just foul and popped up on the next pitch.

Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu ripped a two-out double to left and Jamie Hoffmann, hitting a spiffy .667, went 0-2 and then fouled off four pitches before popping out to first.

LHP Stephen Randolph made his first appearance of the spring a spectacular one by striking out the side in the ninth.

With one out in the last of the ninth, catcher Lucas May singled up the middle and Mitch Jones walked on four pitches. Victor Mercedes ran for Jones. Hector Luna popped to right field and Xavier Paul singled in the tying run, his second RBI of the game. Jason Repko became the star of the game with another sharp single to center, scoring Mercedes with the winning run.

Friday, March 6 the Dodgers play the Chicago Cubs in Mesa. Pitchers will be LHP Randy Wolf, RHP Jeff Weaver, LHP Eric Stults, RHP Tanyon Sturtze and LHP Erick Threets.
 Score by innings
Chicago WS	000 121 000-4
Los Angeles	000 200 012-5

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  1  0  .273
 Jones 1b	1  0  0  0  .333
 Mercedes pr	0  1  0  0  .000
Hudson 2b 	3  0  0  0  .125
 Luna 2b	2  0  0  0  .000
Ethier rf	2  0  0  0  .250
 Paul rf	2  1  2  2  .421
Kemp cf	        3  0  0  0  .333
 Repko cf	2  0  1  1  .143
Loretta 3b	1  1  0  0  .273
 Castro 3b	1  0  0  0  .545
Mientkiewicz 1b	3  1  1  2  .167
 Hu ss	        1  0  1  0  .333
Pierre lf	3  0  1  0  .067
 Hoffmann lf	1  0  0  0  .571
Young dh	4  0  1  0  .235
Ellis c	        2  0  1  0  .333
 May c	        1  1  1  0  .333
  Totals	35 5 10 5
  WSox	        37 4 10 4

 Error- Kemp (1) Two base hits- Hu. 
HR- Mientkiewicz (1), Paul (1). 
RBI- Mientkiewicz 2 (2), Paul 2 (7), 
Repko (1). SB- Pierre (1). LOB- Chicago 
6, Los Angeles 90. 

 Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Kuroda	        3.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
Milton	        2.0  6  3-3  0  2  4.76
Vargas	        2.0  3  1-1  0  3  3.00
Troncoso	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  9.00
Randolph (1-0)	1.0  0  0-0  0  3  0.00
 HBP- Loretta. T- 2:34. Att- 5,594.	
Dodger Blue Notes-- Former Dodgers on the White Sox roster included infielders Paul Konerko, Wilson Betemit, Brian Morrow, outfielder John Shelby, Jr., and RHP Jhonny Nuñez.