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
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
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
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
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.
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.