Dodgers Drop 3-2 Decision to Giants in 10 Inn

Ryan Rohlinger singled off Francisco Felix in the last of the 10 inning to top the Dodgers 3-2. Matt Kemp slugged the Dodgers first spring home run, a solo shot in the first inning off the Giants Barry Zito. Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw allowed a run each in their two-inning outings.

The club was hit by another injury when third baseman Casey Blake left the game with what was called a pulled rib-cage muscle. He said it was not serious but left the game rather than aggravate it.

Felix was the only pitcher with a sub-par game. He followed Billingsley and Kershaw, who allowed three hits and a single run each in their two innings. Josh Towers and Carlos Monasterios retired all six hitters the faced and Jon Link ran the string to 15 Giants in succession with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Towers was signed pitcher to a minor league deal. THe was 33 in February and last season he pitched for both the Yankees and Washington organizations. He was 13-12, 3.71 for Toronto in 2005.

Monasterios, who will be 24 later in the month, was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Yankees in 2006 and was traded to the Phillies. He was a Florida Staate League All-Star last season. Selected by the Mets in the Rule V draft after the season, he was traded to the Dodgers for cash considerations and added him to their 40 man roster.

Jon Link came to Los Angeles in the Juan Pierre trade.

The Dodgers had a chance in the 10th but left the bases loaded. Overall they stranded 11 runners.

Kemp collected the Dodgers first home run with a shot in the first inning. Billingsley allowed a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. San Francisco tapped Kershaw for a run in the fourth; the Dodgers tied things again in the sixth on consecutive singles by Ron Belliard, Blake DeWitt (his second hit of the game) and a single by Reed Johnson.

The game stayed knotted until the last of the 10th.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	100 001 000 00-2
San Francisco	100 100 000 01-3

 Los Angeles	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  0  0  .000
 Green ss	2  1  0  0  .333
Kemp cf	3  1  1  1  .375
 Repko cf	2  0  0  0  .000
Ethier rf	3  0  1  0  .125
 Redman pr-rf	2  0  0  0  .000
Ramirez lf	2  0  0  0  .571
 Belliard ph-dh	2  0  1  0  .250
Loney 1b	3  0  0  0  .250
 Mitchell 1b	2  0  1  0  .143
Blake 3b	1  0  1  0  .500
 Berroa 3b	4  1  2  0  .800	
DeWitt 2b	1  0  1  0  .750
 Hu pr-2b	2  0  2  0  .800
Johnson lf	3  0  1  1  .400
 Paul pr-lf	1  0  0  0  .167	
Ellis c	2  0  0  0  .000
 May c	1  0  0  0  .500
 Totals	39 2 11 2
 Giants	34 3  9 3

 Two-base hits- DeWitt (1). HR- Kemp (1).
RBI- Kemp (2), Johnson (3). LOB- Los
Angeles 11, San Francisco 7. RISP- Los
Angeles 2-for-8, San Francisco 3-for-10.
CS- Hu (1). DP- Loney, Furcal and Billingsley.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Billingsley	2.0  3  1-1  2  1  4.50
Kershaw	2.0  3  1-1  1  1  4.50
Towers 	2.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Monasterios	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
Link	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Felix (0-1)	0.2  2  1-1  0  1 27.00
 HBP- Ramirez. T- 2:54. Att- 8,301.
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