Kuo, Dessens struggle in Penny's place

Kuo, Dessens struggle in Penny's place

METS 6, DODGERS 2
at Vero Beach, Fla.
Wednesday, March 21

Dodgers at the plate: The Dodgers scored an unearned run in the sixth on Mike Lieberthal's sacrifice fly and added a run in the seventh on Larry Bigbie's RBI infield single.

Mets at the plate: Jose Reyes scored four runs on three singles and a walk, with three stolen bases. Ramon Castro slugged a two-run homer. David Wright and Carlos Beltran had two hits each, with Beltran driving in two runs.

Dodgers on the mound: With Brad Penny scratched, Hong-Chih Kuo started and was wild. He was charged with two runs in three innings on only one hit, but four walks and four wild pitches. Elmer Dessens allowed a two-run homer and three runs in three innings. Chad Billingsley pitched a perfect inning. Rudy Seanez pitched a scoreless inning.

Mets on the mound: Starter Oliver Perez scattered five hits and allowed one unearned run in six innings. Jorge Sosa pitched a scoreless ninth.

Grapefruit League records: Dodgers 13-10, Mets 8-14-1.

Up next: Fifth-starter candidate Brett Tomko and long shot Joe Mays are scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers against Baltimore Thursday, as is reliever Joe Beimel. Aaron Sele starts for the Mets on Thursday against Atlanta in Orlando.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.