In the Cactus League home opener for the Los Angeles Dodgers, right-hander Zack Greinke got the start on the mound.He retired the first batters but on the second pitch to the second hitter, he felt something in his leg and was lifted from the game with a right calf strain. Chris Withrow came on in relief Greinke and finished the inning, allowing just one walk. In the bottom of the first, the Dodgers were retired in order by Diamondbacks’ starter Randall Delgado.
Withrow struggled in his second inning of work, giving up two walks and two hits before recording an out to give the Diamondbacks an early 1-0 lead. A fielders’ choice brought in another run to make it 2-0 and Withrow was lifted after 42 pitches in favor of Red Patterson, who recorded a strikeout to end the inning. Adrian Gonzalez led off the bottom of the inning with an opposite-field double. Consecutive singles by Mike Baxter and Juan Uribe brought home Gonzalez and cut the deficit in half. Alex Guerrero had a hit taken away by Delgado’s leg and was retired at first for the third out.
Patterson retired the side in order in the third to bring up the top of the Dodgers lineup. Andre Ethier singled in the bottom of the third, but the Dodgers couldn’t get anything else going. Another perfect inning by Patterson and he finished the day retiring the seven hitters he faced. Uribe hit a towering home run to left field in the fourth to tie the game at two.
Sam Demel worked around a single in the top of the fifth to hold the Diamondbacks scoreless for the third straight inning. In the bottom half, Guerrero recorded his first hit as a Dodger but was quickly erased on a fielders’ choice by Gordon. Ethier singled to bring up Hanley Ramirez, who hit a line drive at the left fielder that became a double play when Gordon was forced out at second. For the Dodgers, Daniel Moskos came in to pitch the sixth inning. The left-handed non-roster invitee struck out the side to end the top of the inning. The Dodgers failed to take advantage of a walk by Scott Van Slyke and the game remained tied at two heading into the seventh.
Converted pitcher Pedro Baez threw another scoreless inning for the Dodgers in the seventh to bring up the offense against Diamondbacks’ pitcher Marcus Mateo. Miguel Rojas hit a single and advanced to second on a ball in the dirt. Brendan Harris promptly knocked him in with a single to right field to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Left-hander Jarret Martin came on and retired the side in order in the top of the 8th. Justin Turner singled in the bottom of the eighth. Miguel Olivo then walked and Guerrero hit a flare single into left-center field to score Turner and give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.
Carlos Frias made things tough in the ninth inning, but the Dodgers won 4-3 for their first win of the spring!
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