Rough go for Houlton as Dodgers fall

Rough go for Houlton as Dodgers fall

at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Saturday, March 4

Dodgers at the plate: Los Angeles got on the board in the fourth inning, with back-to-back doubles from Joel Guzman and Matt Kemp. Guzman sent his shot to the gap in right-center, and Kemp followed with a drive down the third-base line. Jason Repko doubled in the fifth, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit from Tony Abreu.

Orioles at the plate: Baltimore batted around in the first inning, sending nine players to the plate and three runs across the board. Jay Gibbons delivered a two-run single in that rally, and Jeff Conine drove home the third run on a sacrifice fly. Melvin Mora had a single and got hit by a pitch before leaving the game early with a left forearm contusion.

Dodgers on the mound: D.J. Houlton wasn't able to retire any of Baltimore's first five batters and allowed four hits and three runs in his only inning of work. Los Angeles went to Eric Hull in the second inning, and he hit one batter and walked two before allowing two unearned runs.

Orioles on the mound: Daniel Cabrera was dominant in two innings of work, inducing four ground balls and striking out the other two batters he faced. John Halama pitched two innings for Baltimore, allowing two hits and one run.

Grapefruit League records: Dodgers 1-2; Orioles 1-2.

Up next: The Dodgers play Sunday in Vero Beach against the Mets, a game that will pit Derek Lowe against former Oriole John Maine. Odalis Perez and Danys Baez are also scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers. The Orioles will play against the Washington Nationals in Viera, with Kris Benson slated to square off against Washington's Jon Rauch.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.