Martin's single in ninth lifts Dodgers

Martin's single in ninth lifts Dodgers

at Lakeland, Fla.
Saturday, March 18

Dodgers at the plate: The Dodgers sprinkled 10 hits across Joker Marchant Stadium. Russell Martin's single to center off Wilfredo Ledezma with two outs in the ninth inning scored two runs to give the Dodgers the lead and the victory.

Tigers at the plate: In his first at-bat of Grapefruit League season, Craig Monroe led off the bottom of the third inning with a solo homer.

Dodgers on the mound: In his second start, right-hander Chad Billingsley worked three innings and gave up one run on two hits. Right-hander Lance Carter replaced Billingsley and worked a scoreless inning. Yhency Brazoban followed, and his wild pitch allowed the Tigers to take a 2-0 lead. Right-hander Franquelis Osoria pitched the ninth for the save.

Tigers on the mound: Right-hander Jason Grilli started and pitched four innings. Grilli, who pitched for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic, gave up four hits and no runs. Ledezma gave up the decisive runs in the ninth for the blown save and the loss.

Grapefruit League records: Dodgers 9-5-3; Tigers 11-8-1.

Up next: Veteran left-hander Kenny Rogers will start Sunday for the Tigers in their game in Kissimmee, Fla. at 1:05 p.m. ET. Rogers will face Astros ace Roy Oswalt. The Dodgers play host Sunday to the Nationals. Right-hander Derek Lowe will start, and he'll face right-hander Santiago Ramirez, also at 1:05 p.m.

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