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After playing some hotly contested games during Spring Training, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks met for the first time this season on Friday, which was the first of a three-game series.

Jimmy Rollins flied out to left to open the game and Chase Anderson followed by getting Yasiel Puig to strike out swinging. Adrian Gonzalez continued his hot start to the season with a two-out single and Howie Kendrick extended the inning by drawing a walk.

However, Yasmani Grandal went down swinging and the Dodgers squandered the opportunity to take an early lead. Brett Anderson’s regular season debut got off to a harmless start as he retired the first to batters faced. Paul Goldschmidt reached on an infield single before Brett ended the inning by getting Mark Trumbo to hit into a fielder’s choice.

The Dodgers went down in order in the top of the second on a strike out and two ground outs. Meanwhile, Brett again retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the second before a runner got on, this tim by way of Tuffy Gosewisch drawing a walk. The Diamondbacks wouldn’t capitalize however, as Nick Ahmed ended the inning on a groundout.

Chris continued to sail through the game as he struck out Brett and Rollins for the first two outs of the third inning. Puig added to his poor start this season by ending the inning on a fly out to center field. Pollock and Ender Inciarte hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the third to set the table for Goldschmidt.

The Diamondbacks’ first baseman cashed in with a three-run home run to give his team a 3-0 lead before Brett could get out of the inning. Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, but was quickly erased as Kendrick grounded into a double play. Similar to Puig, Yasmani Grandal entered play Friday struggling at the plate, but he was momentarily able to put that behind him with a towering solo home run that cut the Dodgers’ deficit to 3-1.

Brett Anderson threw a shutdown inning in the fourth by getting a ground out, line out and fly out. Juan Uribe and Joc Pederson hit consecutive singles that put runners on the corners with no outs in the fifth. After a sac-bunt moved Pederson into scoring position, Rollins tied the game with a two-run double.

CONTINUE READING: Dodgers Come From Behind, Then Fall In Extras

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