Mets 6, Dodgers 5

Nomar went 2 for 3 with three RBI, and James Loney and Matt Kemp also had two hits apiece. Derek Lowe pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit. But Mike Koplove blew a 5-3 lead in the ninth after issuing a leadoff walk, and he was helped along by a dropped fly ball by John-Ford Griffin in right field that was ruled a hit. Fernando De La Cruz actually gave up the game-winning hit on a two-out blooper to center by Angel Pagan, but all the runs were charged to Koplove. Mets sent a team that barely met baseball’s requirements of at least four “regular” players, but they still managed to drop the Dodgers to 1-3 for the spring.
It might have been a meaningless exhibition, but Joe Torre didn’t take kindly to the loss given the way it happened.
“I don’t care where you lose games, it’s not fun to lose games,” Torre said. “If somebody beats you, it’s not fun. But if you beat yourself, that’s something you can’t allow to happen, and we did that. We walked a couple of leadoff hitters, and they scored. Our defense didn’t make a play. These are things that are hard to swallow, but in spring training. Everybody is trying to make an impression, and sometimes, that leads to problems.”

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