Orioles 4

(13-10, 7-4 away)

Dodgers 3

(11-12, 8-6 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 29, 2005

    Holman Stadium, Vero Beach, Florida 

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    BAL 000103000 4 - -
    LA 001010010 3 - -

    Baltimore 4, Los Angeles 3

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Gomez went 4-for-4, and Daniel Cabrera held Los Angeles to two runs on two hits in five innings Tuesday in the Baltimore Orioles' 4-3 victory over the Dodgers.

    Gomez drove in one run and scored another. Geronimo Gil drove in a run and Larry Bigbie had two RBI in Baltimore's three-run sixth inning.

    Hee-Seop Choi homered and Cesar Izturis had an RBI double for Los Angeles, but the Orioles raked six Dodgers pitchers for a total of 14 hits.

    Los Angeles starter Scott Erickson went five innings and gave up eight hits, but allowed only one unearned run while striking out three.

    One of the two hits off Gomez was a solo homer by Hee-Seop Choi in the fifth.

    Choi has looked much more aggressive at the plate in recent days, something he's been working on.

    "Last week, I think too much," Choi said. "I told (hitting coach) Tim Wallach I thought it was a big problem, but he said it was a little problem. I worked on timing and rhythm."

    Choi has frustrated Dodgers coaches, trying for walks instead of swinging more often.

    "I like walks, but I want to swing now," Choi said. "Last week, I was thinking `Ball, strike.' This week, I think, `Swing, swing, swing.' I like to swing."

    Game notes

    Dodgers RHP Brad Penny threw a 48-pitch simulated game in the morning. He said afterward that he felt good. ... Manager Jim Tracy said Penny and left fielder Jayson Werth most likely will stay behind when the team heads west Thursday afternoon for the final three exhibition games, against the Los Angeles Angels.

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