It was names like Argenis Reyes, Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Chris Withrow and Javy Guerra that turned the tide, names that Dodgers minor league aficionados know very well but may not be as recognizable to others.
Los Angeles out-hit the Reds 10-8 but only DeWitt managed more than one in the game and he boosted his average to .421 with the effort.
Hiroki Kuroda pitched three strong innings to open the game but was victimized by a two-oust error that cost a pair of first-inning runs.
Kuroda retired the first two Rangers before Blake DeWitt fumbled a grounder for an error. Texas made the Dodgers pay for the mistake. Nelson Cruz doubled off the right field wall for the first run and Chris Davis singled to center. Matt Kemp made a strong throw to the plate but Cruz slid around catcher Brad Ausmus for the second run.
Texas added a third run off Jonathan Broxton in the fourth and another off George Sherrill in the fifth.
Los Angeles used a triple by Blake DeWitt and Andre Ethier's double in the fourth to finally get on the scoreboard. Casey Blake legged out a double to open the fifth, beating the throw to second by the smallest of margins. Later Doug Mientkiewicz's fly to left made it 4-2.
Rafael singled and Nick Green ran for him before Kemp tied the game in the sixth, driving a long 0-1 pitch into the shrubbery in center field. The shot got Kuroda off the hook as far as the loss goes and the game went into the hands of the young players with most of the regulars leaving the park.
Jeff Weaver (1-0) pitched around a pair of singles in the seventh to keep the game knotted, with the help of a sparkling catch in center field by Jason Repko, who just replaced Kemp.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Reed Johnson his a one-hop smash off the face of the Texas pitcher Michael Kirkland, the ball bouncing into short right field. He was checked by a doctor and declared OK.
Reed advanced to third on Doug Mientkiewicz's line-drive that was caught in center field. A.J. Ellis, batting for Brad Ausmus walked as did Nick Green batting for Furcal, and the bases were loaded.
Argenis Reyes, batting for Blake DeWitt, singled to short right to break the tie, his first hit in seven at-bats this spring, but Ellis was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.
Chris Withrow took over on the mound -- in fact, he really took over -- striking out the side and working around a one out walk and striking out the side. Withrow was the Dodgers #1 selection in the 2007 amateur draft and pitched at Inland Empire and Chattanooga in 2009.
Brian Cavazos-Galvez, son of former Dodger pitcher Balvino Galvez, in his first official at-bat of the spring, led off the last of the eighth with a mammoth home run to to left, the ball clearing the berm and landing on the sidewalk behind it.
Galvez hit .322 for Ogden, with 29 doubles, 18 home runs and 63 RBI in 71 games to help the team to the Pioneer League post-season and earn Pioneer League Most Valuable Player honors.
Jason Repko drew a walk, stole second and zipped into third base when the throw was airmailed into center field. However, Mario Songco, Pedro Baez and Preston Mattingly struck out in succession.
In the top of the ninth, Javy Guerra took over and retired the first two Rangers before surrendering a single and a walk. He fought back, however, to nail down the win with a strikeout and earn his second save of the spring. Guerra was the Dodgers #$ pick in the 2004 draft and was just added to the 40-man roster this year.
Pitching Probables vs the Angels in Tempe today (Monday): RHP Vicente Padilla, RHP Ramon Ortiz and RHP Luis Ayala.
Score by innings Texas 200 110 000-4 Los Angeles 000 112 11x-6 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 3 0 1 0 .211 Green pr-ss 0 1 0 0 .286 DeWitt 2b 3 1 2 0 .421 Reyes 2b 1 0 1 1 .143 Ethier rf 0 0 1 1 .250 Galvez rf 1 1 1 1 1.000 Kemp cf 3 1 1 2 .286 Repko cf 0 0 0 0 .000 Anderson dh 3 0 1 0 .333 Lambo ph-dh 1 0 0 0 .000 Blake 3b 3 1 1 0 .385 Baez 3b 1 0 0 0 .000 Johnson lf 3 0 1 0 .294 Mattingly pr-lf 1 0 0 0 .333 Mientkiewicz dh 2 0 0 0 .286 Caseres 1b 0 0 0 0 .000 Ausmus c 2 0 0 0 .167 Ellis c 0 0 0 0 .231 ------------------------------ Totals 30 6 10 6 Texas 35 4 8 4 Error- DeWitt (2). Two-base hits- Ethier (2), Johnson (1). RBI- Ethier (5), Mientkiewicz (2), Kemp 2 (5), Galvez (1). SF- Mientkiewicz. LOB- Los Angeles 4, Texas . RISP- Los Angeles 2-for-8, Texas . SB- Repko (1), CS- DeWitt (1). DP- Ausmus and Furcal. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Kuroda 3.0 2 2-0 1 1 1.80 Broxton 1.0 2 1-1 0 1 6.00 Sherrill 0.2 1 1-1 1 0 7.71 Troncoso 1.1 0 0-0 0 1 0.00 Weaver (1-0) 1.0 2 0-0 0 1 12.00 Withrow 1.0 0 0-0 1 3 0.00 Guerra (sv 2) 1.0 1 0-0 1 1 0.00 WP- Withrow. HVP- by Withrow. T- 2:45. Att- 5,572.Dodger Blue Notes --In preparation for the game against the Rangers, many Dodgers including Andre Ethier, Jonathan Broxton, Reed Johnson and bull-owner Tommy Lasorda, whose bucking bull is appropriately named "Deja Blue," took in a Texas-like event last night, the Professional Bull Riding rodeo in Glendale. Los Angeles won two of three Interleague meetings against Texas in 2009 with the Dodgers' only loss coming at the hands of then-Ranger Vicente Padilla, who threw 5.0 scoreless innings. A split squad of Dodgers will make the short bus ride to Surprise on March 20 for the clubs' second and final matchup of Spring Training. ...Prior to the game, the Dodgers re-assigned OF Brian Barton, RHP Francisco Felix, C Gabriel Gutierrez and RHP Kenley Jansen to minor league camp. On Thursday, OF Brian Giles voluntarily retired, ending a 15-year career with a .291 average and 287 home runs. ...With half the squad in the air over the Pacific on the way back from Taiwan, today's roster has some interesting names and faces. This afternoon's game will feature many of the brightest stars of the Dodgers' minor league system including Baseball America's No. 2 ranked Dodger prospect and 2007 first-round draft pick RHP Chris Withrow, the publication's No. 4 ranked Dodger prospect and 2008 first-round draft pick RHP Ethan Martin and the No. 7 ranked prospect and Double-A Southern League All-Star Andrew Lambo. These three promising young talents joined other highly rated prospects this past January at the Dodgers' Winter Development Program, which is an intensive, ten-day program that helps prepare minor league players for the Major Leagues both on and off the field with workouts, community visits and informational seminars. Today's game will also feature 2009 Futures Game participant infielder Pedro Baez, 2009 Rookie-advanced Pioneer League MVP outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez, 2009 Pioneer League All-Star catcher Gorman Erickson and outfielder Preston Mattingly, who is the son of interim manager Don Mattingly and singled in yesterday's game against Arizona. ...RHP Hiroki Kuroda will make his second start of Spring Training after allowing two runs (one earned) in 2.0 innings on Tuesday against Colorado. Kuroda will be followed to the mound by RHP Jeff Weaver, RHP Jonathan Broxton, LHP George Sherrill and RHP Ramon Troncoso. The Rangers will counter with LHP Derek Holland. ...A week from today, the 25th Annual Los Angeles Marathon will kick off at Dodger Stadium with a new course from "Stadium to the Sea" that winds through Hollywood, Beverly Hills and finishes in Santa Monica. Many of the Dodgers have recorded welcome messages for the sold out race of 25,000 runners and the club will also be sponsoring a team for the LA Marathon 5k to benefit ThinkCure! in memory of Dodger Ticket Operations Manager Desiree Sanchez. (Dodgers Publicity)