Reyes throws six scoreless innings

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The right-hander lowered his spring ERA to 0.56.

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Anthony Reyes has picked up where he left off.

Reyes pitched six innings and lowered his ERA to 0.56 Tuesday night in the St. Louis Cardinals' 13-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reyes, who beat Detroit's Justin Verlander in last year's World Series-opening matchup of rookie starters, allowed four hits, struck out one and walked one.

"I'm just finding that consistency I needed, and my arm is getting stronger," Reyes said. "I just feel better this year."

Reyes needed just five pitches in the sixth inning.

"I heard them say I had 10 more pitches, so I just wanted to make sure I did good on my last 10," Reyes said. "I just tried to make sure I threw strikes and kept going at it."

St. Louis' four pitchers held the Dodgers to just six hits.

Chris Duncan had his third homer in three games against Los Angeles.

Preston Wilson doubled three times.

Dodgers starter Mark Hendrickson, trying to earn the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed four runs and five hits in five innings and gave up a home run to Yadier Molina with two outs and a runner on base. He struck out five and walked none.

"I thought I was throwing the ball well -- I mean, when was the last time I threw five strikeouts?" Hendrickson said. "Ultimately, I'm trying to develop all my pitches, and I think my pitches are coming around."

Los Angeles has been outscored 27-1 in three straight losses.

Dodgers manager Grady Little, whose contract extension was announced Tuesday, isn't worried about the recent results.

"If I was concerned with that, I think I'd be in big trouble," Little said.

The Dodgers exercised Little's 2008 option and added a 2009 team option to his deal.

"He's met every expectation I've had and our staff has had," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.

Little, 57, guided the Dodgers to an 88-74 record last season in his first year as their manager.

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