Rookies Key 5-4 split squad Win Over Texas

Rookies Lucas May and Xavier Paul knocked in the tying and lead run in the eighth and Josh Towers, Ramon Ortiz and Jon Link each had a hand in pitching the Dodgers to a win in the afternoon half of a split-squad Saturday.

Trailing 3-2 in the eighth inning rookies, Lucas May and Xavier Paul, put the Dodgers in front to stay. May's double scored Chin-Lung Hu, who had singled to tie it a 3-3 and Paul drove in the winning run with his second hit of the game. Andre Ethier's single made it 5-3, driving in what would be the eventual winning run.

Ethier has 12 hits in 35 at-bats (.343) and five have been for extra bases with two doubles, a triple and two home runs. His seven RBIs are the most on the team.

  Starters Switch
  Ramon Ortiz was the original starter with Josh Towers to follow, but the Dodgers flipped them.

  Towers, 33, is an eight-year major league veteran (Baltimore, Toronto, NY Yankees) who was 8-1 and 13-12 with the Jays in 2003-04.

He opened the 2009 season with Washington but went on the disabled list after one game in Triple-A. Released on May 5, he signed with New York and went 7-8, 2.74 for Scranton/Wilkes Barre and 0-0, 3.38 with the Yankees in five innings over two games.

The Dodgers loaded the lineup with five consecutive left-handed bats against Rangers starter RHP Colby Lewis. Xavier Paul, Blake DeWitt, Andre Ethier, James Loney and Garret Anderson were at the top of his lineup.

With one out, DeWitt singled, then scored on Ethier's triple. Loney walked but Anderson and Nick Green left both runners stranded.

In the bottom of the first Towers surrendered a two-out home run to center fielder David Murray, his first of the spring. Murray slugged a triple his next trip to the plate and score on a sac fly by right fielder Nelson Cruz, his 11th RBI of the young season, to put the Rangers in the lead 2-1 after four.

Outfielder Jason Repko broke an 0-for-15 start with his first hit of the spring, a home run in the fifth inning that tied the game again.

Towers finishing his four innings having allowed three hits, two by Murray that resulted in the only two runs he gave up He struck out one and walked one.

Ortiz took over in the last of the fifth inning and promptly allowed his first run of the spring, a one-out home run by third baseman Matt Brown.

At the end of five innings, the Rangers had four hits: a double, a triple and two home rums as well as a 3-2 lead.

Xavier Paul

In the seventh, RBI double by Lucas May, Xavier Paul's RBI single and Ethier's second ribbie of the game boosted the Dodgers into a 5-3 lead.

Ortiz (2-0) held onto the lead, allowing a second run late in the game before Jon Link came in to work a perfect ninth to save the game.

In second of the split squad games, RHP Vicente Padilla made his third official spring start and precede RHP Josh Lindblom, LHP George Sherrill and RHP Jonathan Broxton later Saturday night.

Sunday Pitching Probables include starter LHP Eric Stults, RHP Ramon Troncoso and LHP Aaron Miller.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	100 010 300-5
Texas        	100 100 010-4

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave	
Paul cf	        4  1  2  1  .294
 Restovich lf	1  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt 2b	4  1  1  0  .375
 Lara 2b	1  0  0  0  .333
Ethier rf	4  0  2  2  .343
Loney 1b	3  0  2  0  .316
 Caseres 1b	0  0  0  0  .000
Anderson dh	4  0  0  0  .308
Green 3b	4  0  1  0  .214
 Hatch pr-3b	0  0  0  0  .000
Repko lf	3  1  1  1  .059
Hu ss	        4  1  1  0  .308
 Gordon pr-ss	0  0  0  0  .000
May c	        4  1  1  1  .500
 Knoedler c	0  0  0  0  .500
 Totals	        37 5 11 5
 Rangers	34 4  8 4

 Error- Repko (1). Two- base hits- May (1).
Green (1). 3B- Ethier (1). HR- Repko (1).
RBI-  Ethier 2 (7), Repko (2), May (1),
Paul (2). LOB- Los Angeles 7, Texas 6.
EISP- Los Angeles 2-for-9, Texas 1-for-6.
SB- Paul (1). CS- Loney (2). 

 Los Angeles	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Towers	        4.0  3  2-2  1  1  3.00
RaOrtiz (2-0)	4.0  5  2-2  2  6  1.38
Link (sv 1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
 T- 2:25. Att- 8,117.
Dodgers Blue Notes-- Hall of Famer Vin Scully will kick off his 61st season broadcasting the Dodgers tomorrow (Sunday), calling the Dodgers-Indians game on KCAL and 790 KABC. The 82-year-old was released from the hospital yesterday morning after a minor fall and is in good spirits, looking forward to Sunday's game at Camelback Ranch. ...On Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other elected officials will join Dodger Owner and Chairman Frank McCourt at Dodger Stadium to announce a new Dodger Stadium Express bus service for the 2010 season. The service will run between Union Station and Dodger Stadium on metro state-of-the-art clean burning compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which will be on display at the announcement. Dodgers Publicity

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