Final

Nationals 2

(11-12, 4-9 away)

Dodgers 3

(11-11, 8-5 home)

    7:05 PM ET, March 28, 2005

    Holman Stadium, Vero Beach, Florida 

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    Los Angeles 3, Washington 2

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Weaver allowed two runs in seven innings, and prospect Joel Guzman hit a home run in his first big league game of the spring to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday.

    Guzman, the organization's 2004 minor league player of the year, went 1-for-4 with an opposite-field, two-run homer to right in the third inning. That put Los Angeles up 2-0, and J.D. Drew then homered over the right-center field fence.

    Guzman, who split time between Class A Vero Beach and Double-A Jacksonville in 2004, will accompany the Dodgers when they head west Friday for the final three exhibition games against the Los Angeles Angels.

    Guzman started at first base before moving to his normal position at shortstop in the middle of the game.

    "This was only my second game at first," Guzman said. "I had to borrow a glove from Olmedo (Saenz)."

    Weaver gave up eight hits and struck out three.

    "As far as I'm concerned, Weaver resembled the pitcher we got last year that got on a roll of one quality start after another," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

    Washington starter Esteban Loaiza gave up three runs on five hits in six innings, striking out one and hitting Antonio Perez. He allowed both Dodgers home runs.

    Wil Cordero hit a two-run double in the sixth for the Nationals.

    Buddy Carlyle got the save for Los Angeles, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out the final two batters looking.

    Game notes


    Dodgers RHP Brad Penny will throw a three-inning simulated game on Tuesday. He will not appear in an exhibition game before the team leaves Florida. ... LHP Odalis Perez was named the starter for the second game of the regular season for the Dodgers in San Francisco. Scott Erickson will start the fifth game, in Arizona. A Game 4 starter has not been named. ... LF Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) took another 30 swings and hit off a batting tee. ... Washington placed RHP Tony Armas Jr. on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a right groin pull. He is expected to miss three to four starts. ... The Nationals acquired minor league INF Carlos Torres as the player to be named to complete the deal that sent INF Alejandro Machado to Boston on Feb. 15.

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