Garciaparra's ninth-inning single wins it for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After a memorable first game in the major
leagues, Russell Martin was just happy it was a winning one.

Nomar Garciaparra singled in Rafael Furcal with one out in the
ninth inning and the Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Friday
night after blowing a three-run lead.

Martin doubled home two runs and tagged out the potential
go-ahead run at the plate in his debut, helping the Dodgers snap a
five-game losing streak.

"It wouldn't be the same if we lost the game," Martin said.
"It was a tremendous job by Nomar to drive in that run late in the
game like that. (Derek) Lowe pitched a tremendous game. He made my
job a whole lot easier, just by having his command. And getting a
couple of hits in my first game, I'll remember that for sure for a
long time."

Furcal led off the ninth with an infield single against Matt
Wise (2-2). He advanced on a sacrifice by Jose Cruz Jr. and came
home when Garciaparra hit a 1-1 pitch up the first-base line. The
ball kicked off the bag and past Prince Fielder.

Lowe allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, the
longest outing by a Dodgers pitcher this season. The right-hander
departed with a 3-2 lead, but had to settle for his fourth straight
no-decision after turning the ball over to the Dodgers' beleaguered

Lowe has allowed just four earned runs in 27 1-3 innings over
that stretch.

"I don't think I have bad luck. You just go out there pitch as
good as you can for as long as you can," Lowe said. "People don't
understand, I pitched out of the bullpen for four years and I blew
many a game when I was a closer. So I know the last thing anybody
wants is people pointing fingers. We're going to need those guys to
pitch well the whole year, so we're trying to give them as much
confidence as we can."

Martin was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill in for
Dioner Navarro, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday
with a deep bone bruise on his right wrist. The 23-year-old
catcher's bats hadn't arrived yet from Las Vegas, so he used
Furcal's bat to get his first two hits.

Milwaukee's Jeff Cirillo was ejected by plate umpire Jerry Layne
in the ninth inning, one batter after he took a disputed third
strike as a pinch-hitter. Manager Ned Yost also was ejected.

"I thought it was a ball and he thought it was a strike, so we
had a difference of opinion," Cirillo said. "Honestly, I never
get myself thrown out of a game unless the at-bat has been dictated
by the pitch in a big situation. I didn't say anything about it
when I walked away, and I didn't say anything when I was in the
dugout. I just kind of pointed my fingers to show him that I went
up to the clubhouse to look at the video, and he threw me out."

Carlos Lee chased Lowe in the eighth with his 13th home run. Tim
Hamulack then faced two batters, giving up singles to Fielder and
Corey Koskie. Baez relieved Hamulack and hit Miller with a pitch.
Fielder scored on Baez's wild pitch to Brady Clark -- who had just
six hits in his previous 39 at-bats.

Clark followed with a fly to short center, and Repko threw home
to retire Koskie for the inning-ending double play as Martin held
onto the ball after the ensuing collision with Clark.

"I definitely knew I had a chance," Repko said. "I was
actually surprised that they sent him because it was a shallow
enough ball. But they wanted to challenge me, and you still have to
make a good throw."

The Dodgers got at least one hit in each of the first six
innings and 10 total against left-hander Chris Capuano, who allowed
three runs and 10 hits in six innings.

"It was one of those games that looked like it was going to go
our way," Cirillo said. "We strung a couple of hits together,
Carlos hit the homer, then we got the wild pitch to tie it. It was
a tough game to lose, especially when a team is reeling like the
Dodgers were and you have your best pitcher going."

Jeff Kent led off the second with a double and scored the game's
first run on Ramon Martinez's single. Martinez started at third
base for the second time this season in place of Bill Mueller, who
left Thursday night's game in the third inning because of soreness
in his right knee.

Martin's two-run double in the fourth was his first major league
hit and gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.

Game notes
Brewers bench coach Robin Yount, who fell ill on the team
flight from Milwaukee because of dehydration, was hospitalized
overnight for precautionary reasons. The 50-year-old Hall of Famer
is expected to be back in the clubhouse on Saturday. ... The
Brewers, who last year came up one victory shy of their first
winning season since 1992, were 1-5 against the Dodgers in 2005.