Daal sticks it to Phillies on two counts


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Omar Daal thinks it is important for
pitchers to be able to hit.

Daal homered against his former team and pitched 6 1/3 effective
innings to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Sunday.

"As pitchers, we've got to try to help ourselves,'' said Daal,
who is 3-for-26 on the season. "If we're good hitters, we know
we'll be in the game longer. I haven't been hitting but I know I
can hit.''

Daal (9-6), Philadelphia's opening day starter last year before
being traded to the Dodgers in the offseason, allowed two runs and
six hits, while striking out five.

He gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the third
inning off Phillies starter Brett Myers (1-2).

"It was a good pitch to hit,'' Daal said. "I made a good swing
and was lucky to hit the ball out of the ballpark.''

Daal pulled Myers' 1-0 fastball into the right-field seats. It
was his second career home run.

"We know he is capable because he swung the bat pretty good
when he was with us,'' Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said.

Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy was pleased with his starter.

"Omar did a fabulous job for us and obviously helped his own
cause with a home run,'' Tracy said.

Eric Gagne pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 38 chances.
Leading 4-2, he gave up a run on Marlon Anderson's leadoff triple
and Doug Glanville's one-out single.

Adrian Beltre added a two-run homer for the Dodgers (62-49).
Beltre's seventh-inning home run off Myers and gave the Dodgers a
3-0 lead.

"Adrian's all business right now,'' Tracy said. "We saw it in
the second half of 2000 and we're starting to see it again. He's
focused and it's like we got a new player without trading for

Myers, making his third major league start, allowed seven hits
and three runs in seven innings.

"I felt good but made some mistakes,'' Myers said. "You're
supposed to hit mistakes and they did.''

Philadelphia (52-58) closed to 3-2 in the seventh. Travis Lee
led off with a single and Jimmy Rollins broke a 0-for-15 skid with
a double. Lee scored on Anderson's squeeze bunt, moving Rollins to

Paul Shuey relieved Daal and struck out pinch-hitter Jeremy
Giambi, but then threw a wild pitch that let Rollins score.

The Phillies placed runners at first and second with two outs in
the eighth before reliever Paul Quantrill struck out Rollins to end
the threat.

doubled and Alex Cora hit an RBI single in the

Lee went 3-for-3 and made a run-saving stop on Dave Roberts'
line drive in the seventh inning.

Game notes
Daal's first homer came in 2000 as a member of Arizona. ...
The Phillies signed RHP Darin Naatjes, their 14th-round selection
in the 2002 amateur draft. Naatjes, who played football and
baseball at Stanford, will join Batavia of the New York-Penn League
on Monday.