Final in 10

Dodgers 9

(12-12, 4-6 away)

Astros 8

(12-12, 6-7 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 30, 2005

    Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, Florida 

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    Los Angeles 9, Houston 8 (10 innings)

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Norihiro Nakamura's two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 9-8 victory against Houston on Wednesday, thwarting a seven-run rally by the Astros.

    Houston trailed 7-0 after five innings, but scored one in the sixth and six in the seventh to tie the game.

    Nakamura's third homer of the spring came against Astros reliever Chad Harville (1-3) and made a winner of Kelly Wunsch (2-0).

    Jose Vizcaino's run-scoring double moved Houston within 9-8 in the bottom of the 10th, but Yhency Brazoban struck out Wade Robinson for his third save of the spring.

    Luke Scott capped the Astros' comeback in the seventh with a two-run homer -- his team-leading sixth of the spring. The Astros had four doubles while batting around in the inning.

    Battling for a spot on Houston's roster, Scott also leads the Astros in spring RBI (18) and is second in hitting (.392) behind Brad Ausmus. Houston plans to trim its roster to the required 25 by Saturday night.

    Oscar Robles, Jason Grabowski and Jose Valentin also hit home runs for Los Angeles. Robles' first of the spring gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, and Grabowski's three-run shot in the fourth put the Dodgers up 4-0.

    Valentin's two-run shot gave the Dodgers a 7-0 lead in the fifth.

    Brandon Backe, Houston's No. 4 starter, allowed seven hits and seven runs in six innings.

    Dennis Houlton, a former Astros prospect selected by Los Angeles in December's Rule 5 draft, pitched four scoreless innings for the Dodgers, allowing four hits while striking out four.

    Game notes


    Houston LF Lance Berkman, who is still recovering from a torn right ACL, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. Berkman isn't expected to return until the end of April. ... Astros RHP Dave Burba, a 12-year veteran, accepted his minor league assignment and will report to Triple-A Round Rock later this week.

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