Repko homers, but LA falls

Repko homers, but LA falls

at Vero Beach, Fla.
Sunday, March 16

Marlins at the plate: Dan Uggla followed a walk to Andrew Miller and Hanley Ramirez's single with a homer in the third, briefly tying the game at 3. Jorge Cantu led off the next inning with another home run -- Florida's 23rd of the spring, tying the Dodgers for high among National League teams. Ramirez, Uggla and Cantu wound up with two hits each.

Dodgers at the plate: Derek Lowe's sacrifice fly and Juan Pierre's two-run double cleared the bases in the second for a short-lived 3-0 lead. Pierre collected another single in the fourth, nudging his spring average to .217. Jason Repko hit a two-run homer in the ninth as the Dodgers closed within one.

Marlins on the mound: Miller's biggest problem was evading the several balls batted back to the box. In four innings, the left-hander limited the Dodgers to those three second-inning runs. Logan Kensing, Lee Gardner and Doug Waechter followed him with a hitless inning each before Waechter ran into trouble in the ninth inning, his second frame. Joe Nelson cam eon with two on and two out to record the save.

Dodgers on the mound: Lowe tried to sneak a first-pitch inside fastball past Uggla in the third, and paid for it when the Marlins' second baseman ripped it over the fence in the left-field power alley. Lowe did stretch out to five innings, allowing four runs and six hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Mike Myers and Joe Beimel pitched scoreless frames.

Grapefruit League records: Marlins 14-7-1; Dodgers 7-11-1.

Up next for Marlins: The Fish will stay on the road, where they have excelled, taking on the Twins in Ft. Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Righty Chris Volstad starts as the first of six pitchers due to work for Florida, which will seek to run its road exhibition record to a perfect 9-0.

Up next for Dodgers: This is it, curtains for Vero Beach. The honor of starting the final of 56 springs worth of Grapefruit League games at Holman Stadium goes to Chad Billingsley. He'll face Woody Williams and the rest of the Houston Astros at 10:05 a.m. PT.

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