Final in 10

Marlins 5

(14-11, 5-8 away)

Dodgers 1

(11-16, 6-7 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 29, 2004

    Holman Stadium, Vero Beach, Florida 

    R H E
    FLA - -
    LA - -

    Florida 5, Los Angeles 1

    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 starter.

    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 Dodgers' run.

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