Atlanta 3, Los Angeles 2

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Derek Lowe pitched three scoreless

innings in his Los Angeles debut, but the Atlanta Braves rallied to

beat the Dodgers 3-2 when first baseman Brian Myrow made two errors

in the ninth Friday.

Lowe, whose last appearance was in Boston's World

Series-clinching victory, was glad to get his first start with the

Dodgers out of the way. He was very effective, facing the minimum

in his three-inning stint.

Facing the Braves' potential opening-day lineup, Lowe gave up

only a single to Andruw Jones, who was erased when Brian Jordan hit

into a double play.

"When you're with a new organization, you've only got one

chance to make a first impression," said Lowe, who signed a $36

million, four-year contract with the Dodgers. "This organization

has taken me in and made me feel very, very comfortable about

joining this staff."

Of course, Lowe still gets asked about his final year with the

Red Sox. He won the final game in all three postseason series,

including the victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that clinched

Boston's first World Series victory since 1918.

"It was a tremendous run, a great group of guys and the city

really enjoyed what that team did," Lowe said. "But you've got to

get over it."

Trailing 2-1 going to their final at-bat Friday, the Braves

scored twice with only one hit.

Kelly Johnson reached when Myrow botched a grounder, then Jeff

Francoeur singled to left. After Ryan Langerhans lined out, Scott

Thorman walked to load the bases.

It appeared that Aquilino Lopez (0-1) might escape the jam when

slow-running Brayan Pena hit a potential double-play grounder to

Myrow. But, after he fielded the ball cleanly, his throw ricocheted

off Thorman's back and rolled into left field, allowing the tying

and winning runs to score.

Dodgers outfielder J.D. Drew got a chance to face his former

team, having left the Braves as a free agent after having the best

year of his career in 2004. Booed lustily in his two at-bats by the

pro-Atlanta crowd, he struck out both times.

John Thomson, showing no signs of a pulled side muscle he had

heading into the playoffs last season, pitched two scoreless

innings for the Braves.

"Lowe was all ground balls, which is just what you'd expect,"

Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "And Thomson was free and easy, his

normal self."

The Dodgers broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth when Tydus

Meadows homered off Hector Almonte (1-0).Game notes
Dodgers OF Jayson Werth, who was hit by a pitch Wednesday,

will miss two weeks with a small fracture in his left arm. Werth's

arm does not require a cast or a splint and he will be able to

continue his running programs and throw. He will not be able to

catch a ball or swing a bat for 10-14 days.