Seven Unearned Runs Drop Dodgers 9-4

Kansas City, with the help of seven unearned runs, erased a 3-0 Dodgers first-inning lead and went on to win 9-4. Los Angeles out-hit their hosts 12-10 but left 11 on base as both Claudio Vargas and Erick Milton, vying for the fifth starting slot, were hammered.

Los Angeles got three hits from Blake DeWitt and two more from Delwyn Young and each of them added an RBI to their resume, DEWitt keeping up with Xavier Paul for the club lead with 10 runs batted in each.

Vargas was hit hard, walked a pair and hit a Kansas City batter but escaped much damage and allowed a single run in three innings. Milton, helped by his own error and a catchable fly into left field that Xavier Paul should have had, surrendered six unearned runs in the fifth.

He also coughed up a home run in the sixth after an error by third baseman Hector Luna. Rookie Josh Lindblom ran his scoreless streak to four innings, allowing only a single in his two frames.

The Dodgers jumped into a 3-0 lead off Luke Hochevar, their first round pick in 2006 but didn't sign, then signed with Kansas City as their first selection in 2007.

James Loney, DeWitt and Young each had RBI singles in the first inning and L.A. led 3-0.

Vargas worked around a walk and a hit-batsman in the first, allowed a single in the second and then gave up leadoff doubles and a walk in the third. A double play got him out of trouble and Paul caught a long fly against the left field wall to end his three innings.

Milton gave up an opening single in the fifth, scrambled to pick up a sacrifice bunt, looked toward second and then threw badly to first, his toss pulling Loney into the runner and both K/C. batters were safe.

A fly ball to left, a walk and a foul out to Loney should have ended the inning but the Royals banged Milton for five straight hits, sending 10 to the plate and scoring six times.

Luna threw an opening ground ball over Doug Mientkiewicz at first to open the sixth, Coco Crisp the batter crashing into the Dodgers first baseman.

Then Milton picked Crisp off first base but he eluded the tag with an unusual move. Milton's throw had him stranded about 20 feet off first base but he just stopped, and when Mientkiewicz took the toss and moved to the infield side of the baseline to make the throw to second, Crisp darted back to first untouched.

Milton then served up a home run to give Kansas City their eighth and ninth runs.

Lindblom continued to impress the Dodgers' brass, giving up just a single hit while striking out three in succession over the seventh and eighth.

The Dodgers scored in the ninth when Mitch Jones singled and scored on Luna's double.

Los Angeles slips to 11-11 on the spring season and Hiroki Kuroda, opening day pitcher, faces Cleveland at the Indians' new facilities in Goodyear today.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles		300 000 001-4
Kansas City		001 062 00x-9

 Los Angeles		ab r  h  bi  ave
Kemp cf	                3  1  1  0  .265			
 Jones rf	        1  1  1  0  .281
Ausmus c	        3  0  1  0  .407
 Repko pr-cf	        1  0  1  0  .240
Ethier rf	        4  0  0  0  .209
 Ellis c	        1  0  0  0  .318
Loney 1b	        3  1  1  1  .234			
 Mientkiewicz 1b        1  0  0  0  .118
Loretta 3b	        2  1  0  0  .250
 Luna 3b	        2  0  1  1  .208
DeWitt 1b	        5  0  3  1  .293
Young dh	        4  0  2  1  .289
Paul lf	                3  0  0  0  .395
Castro ss	        2  0  0  0  .278
 Hu ss	                2  0  0  0  .276
 Totals		        37 4 11 4
 Kansas City	        34 9 10 9

  Error- Milton (1), Luna (4). 3b hits- 
Luna (2). RBI- Loney (4), DeWitt (10), 
Young (10),  Luna (4). SB- Repko (6). 
CS- Kemp (3). PB- Los Angeles 11, Kansas 
City 6. DP- Loretta and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h r-er bb so  era
Vargas	        3.0  3  1-1  2  3  6.28
Milton (0-2)	3.0  6  8-1  0  1  4.91
Lindblom	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  0.00
 HBP- by Vargas, Ausmus. T- 3:11. Att- 10,929.
Roster Moves --The Dodgers sent OF Jamie Hoffman, INF Tony Abreu, C Lucas May and Pitchers Jesus Castillo, Travis Schlichting, Victor Garate and Brent Leach to the minor league side of the complex.

Dodgers Blue Notes-- Manny Ramirez is running at "about 75-80 percent" and Stan Conte said that Manny should be ready to DH as early as Monday. It's not known when Manny will play defensively. ...Torre also said that rookie Josh Lindblom has a chance to make the opening day squad. ""He throws a lot of strikes and he doesn't back down. That's exciting for me," he told Ken Gurnick of MLB.dom. "He has a real good changeup. His curveball is the one that he is the least consistent with. The changeup is pretty consistent. He gets [the fastball] up on you in a hurry." ...Doug Mientkiewicz is fully recovered from his quadriceps injury and made the trip. ...If the Dodgers go with just four outfielders, Delwyn Young will be the odd-man out and since he is out of options, could be lost to another club. ... Brian Mazone is bidding for a spot on the Dodgers' pitching staff while his mother has been hospitalized for two months with a bacterial infection after her immune system shut down due to a complication from decades of prescription arthritis medication. She's spent eight weeks in intensive care, and two weeks ago she had major lung surgery. ...Muhammad Ali, who lives nearby, showed was honored in a pregame, on-field ceremony near the Royals dugout. He didn't go over to the Dodgers' side, but Joe Torre and a handful of players -- James Loney, Matt Kemp, Delwyn Young, Xavier Paul and Stephen Randolph -- walked across the field to meet him and pose for a group photo with him. Torre also posed for a group photo with Ali, Wayne Gretzky and George Brett.