Furcal gives top performance in finale

March 17, 2008
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03/17/2008 4:09 PM ET 
Furcal gives top performance in finale
Curtain closes on run in Dodgertown with loss against Astros

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Astros 12, Dodgers 10
at Vero Beach, Fla.
Monday, March 17

Astros at the plate: David Newhan tied it at 5 with a two-run homer in the fourth -- 41 years after his dad, Hall of Fame journalist Ross Newhan, covered his first Spring Training here for the L.A. Times. Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence struck back-to-back homers in the third, and J.R. House punctuated the long-ball barrage with a three-run blow in the sixth.

Dodgers at the plate: Andre Ethier remained hot, his 4-for-5 day including a fourth-inning RBI single for a brief 6-5 lead and a homer in the eighth. Rafael Furcal, who hit his second spring homer, legged out two triples.

Astros on the mound: Woody Williams carried an ERA pf 15.26 into his fourth start of the spring and endured another rough time, allowing nine hits and six runs (five earned) in four innings. Geoff Geary picked up Williams with two hitless innings in relief.

Dodgers on the mound: Starter Chad Billingsley worked around a couple of rough innings to go five, allowing five runs and six hits while walking one and striking out three. Scott Proctor rang up two strikeouts in one perfect inning of relief.

Grapefruit League records: Astros 9-12; Dodgers 7-12-1.

Up next for Astros: They'll kick back on Tuesday, a rare Spring Training off-day. The Astros will resume exhibition play Wednesday night in Kissimmee, where Shawn Chacon is scheduled to start and Jose Valverde and Oscar Villarreal are slated to work against the Braves at 6:05 p.m. CT.

Up next for Dodgers: Before going to Arizona, the Dodgers go to Jupiter, Fla. Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda starts what figures to be Los Angeles' final Grapefruit League game on Tuesday, opposing the Marlins at 10:05 a.m. PT. Takashi Saito, who pitched one perfect inning in his spring debut on Saturday, will also throw.

Tom Singer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bourn, CF3111000.333
  House, 1B2223000.176
Pence, DH3111010.320
  a-Gorneault, PH-DH2112000.435
Tejada, SS3000020.216
  Maysonet, 2B-SS2000010.500
Cruz, RF1100100.304
  Diaz, V, RF2110110.242
Wigginton, 3B2000001.220
  Klassen, 3B-2B3000002.000
Newhan, 2B-LF5112022.270
Abercrombie, LF-CF3221110.222
Perez, T, 1B-SS3131000.342
  b-Cosby, PH-3B1000001.000
Quintero, H, C2100102.429
  Johnson, J, C1000011.125

a-Popped out for Pence in the 6th. b-Popped out for Perez, T in the 8th.

2B: Perez, T (5, Billingsley), Diaz, V (4, Beimel), House (1, Jones, G).
HR: Bourn (2, 3rd inning off Billingsley, 0 on, 2 out), Pence (2, 3rd inning off Billingsley, 0 on, 2 out), Newhan (1, 4th inning off Billingsley, 1 on, 1 out), House (1, 6th inning off Sierra, 2 on, 2 out), Gorneault (1, 9th inning off Jones, G, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Bourn 4; House 6; Pence 4; Gorneault 4; Diaz, V 2; Newhan 4; Abercrombie 2; Perez, T 4.
RBI: Bourn (2), Pence (10), Newhan 2 (7), Abercrombie (3), Perez, T (3), House 3 (4), Gorneault 2 (5).
2-out RBI: Bourn; Pence; Abercrombie; Perez, T; House 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Quintero, H.
GIDP: Quintero, H.
Team LOB: 3.

SB: Abercrombie 3 (8, 2nd base off Billingsley/Bennett, 2nd base off Beimel/Bennett, 3rd base off Beimel/Bennett).

E: Wigginton (4, throw), Maysonet (1, fielding).

Pierre, LF5000002.196
  Jones, G, P0000000.000
  Myers, P0000000.000
  d-Tomlin, PH0000100.333
Furcal, SS6331003.298
Ethier, RF5243000.354
Sweeney, 1B1100211.263
  1-Loney, PR-1B2000010.275
Young, 2B-LF3211202.167
Dewitt, 3B4000105.250
Repko, CF3121000.343
  Logan, CF1000001.000
  b-Martin, R, PH1000012.194
Bennett, C3001000.250
  Rivera, R, C0000000.200
  c-Raglani, PH1000002.000
Billingsley, P3011011.250
  Beimel, P0000000.000
  Sierra, P0000000.000
  Proctor, P0000000.000
  Seanez, P0000000.000
  a-Mattingly, PH-2B2111000.500

a-Homered for Seanez in the 8th. b-Struck out for Logan in the 9th. c-Flied out for Rivera, R in the 9th. d-Walked for Myers in the 9th.
1-Ran for Sweeney in the 4th.

3B: Ethier (1, Williams), Furcal 2 (5, Williams, Paronto).
HR: Furcal (2, 3rd inning off Williams, 0 on, 0 out), Mattingly (1, 8th inning off Paronto, 0 on, 1 out), Ethier (5, 8th inning off Paronto, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Furcal 10; Ethier 9; Young; Repko 2; Billingsley; Mattingly 4.
RBI: Billingsley (1), Furcal (10), Young (5), Repko (13), Bennett (2), Ethier 3 (13), Mattingly (1).
2-out RBI: Billingsley; Ethier 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pierre; Billingsley; Dewitt; Furcal 2.
S: Bennett.
Team LOB: 10.

SB: Ethier (2, 2nd base off Williams/Quintero, H).

DP: (Furcal-Young-Sweeney).

Williams 4.096521113.89
Geary (W, 1-0)2.00000104.35
Houston 1.00001102.25
Paronto 0.233300213.50
Randolph (H, 3)0.10102007.20
Hines (S, 2)1.00001100.00
Billingsley 5.06551437.42
Beimel (BS, 2)(L, 0-2)0.23330009.00
Sierra 0.112210113.50
Proctor 1.00000202.57
Seanez 1.00001200.00
Jones, G 0.22221014.50
Myers 0.10000108.10

Randolph pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.

Ground outs-fly outs: Williams 8-3, Geary 2-3, Houston 1-1, Paronto 1-1, Randolph 0-1, Hines 1-1, Billingsley 6-5, Beimel 2-0, Sierra 0-1, Proctor 1-0, Seanez 0-1, Jones, G 1-1, Myers 0-0.
Batters faced: Williams 24, Geary 6, Houston 4, Paronto 5, Randolph 3, Hines 5, Billingsley 21, Beimel 5, Sierra 3, Proctor 3, Seanez 4, Jones, G 5, Myers 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Hines 2-1, Sierra 1-1, Myers 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Chad Fairchild. 1B: Ed Hickox. 2B: Casey Moser. 3B: Travis Reininger.
Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, In from LF.
T: 3:00.
Att: 7,327.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner