VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Dontrelle Willis pitched six strong
innings after receiving some advice from Hall of Famer Sandy
Koufax, and Abraham Nunez hit a leadoff homer in the Florida
Marlins' 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.
Willis, the NL Rookie of the Year last season, allowed one run
and five hits while walking one and striking out five.
The 22-year-old left-hander was encouraged by a pregame visit
from Koufax, a former Dodgers star who lives in Vero Beach.
"The way he put it was, `You can take what you want from me;
I'm just telling you what works," Willis said. "By him saying
that, I respect it more than him saying that whatever he says is
right. That sold me. I appreciate him telling me those things."
Nunez hit a wind-aided homer in the first off 20-year-old
right-hander Edwin Jackson, expected to be the Dodgers' No. 5
The Marlins broke it open against Jackson in the fifth. Willis
singled to start the inning and Nunez followed with a double.
Damion Easley hit a two-run single, and Miguel Cabrera's double
sent Easley to third. That knocked out Jackson, who gave up nine
hits and four runs in four-plus innings.
Hee-Seop Choi drove in Easley and knocked in Nunez with
Florida's final run in the seventh.
Shawn Green hit an RBI single in the third to drive in the