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Spring Training Recap: Carson And Van Slyke Power Dodgers To Win



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Rosenburg kept the Indians at bay by getting Destin Hood to fly out to deep center and the Dodgers led 2-1 headed to the bottom of the fourth. Pederson continued his hot start to the spring, ripping a line drive single to center with one out in the fourth.

After Heisey hit into a fielder’s choice, Rollins’ two-out double to the left field corner scored Heisey and extended the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1. J.P. Howell made his first appearance in eight days and induced three straight ground outs to retire the Indians in the fifth.

Indians Reliever Josh Tomlin followed suit in the bottom half, completing his inning of work with two strikeouts and a groundout. With many bench players inserted into the game in the top of the sixth, Dustin McGowan took over for the Dodgers on the mound.

Raburn led the inning off with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Carlos Moncrief, who took second base on a wild pitch. Holt singled to center that scored Moncrief without a throw as Pederson bobbled the transfer. McGowan then retired the next three hitters he faced to keep the Dodgers out in front 3-2 midway through the sixth.

Kiké Hernandez hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth and advanced to second base on wild pitch. However, he wouldn’t get any further as Ellis, Pederson and Heisey were unable to advance him.

David Aardsma entered the game in the seventh, allowed a two-out single but nothing else and the Dodgers continued to lead, 3-2. Paco Rodriguez retired the first two batters he faced, then gave up a two-out double and infield single that put runners on the corners.

Rodriguez completed a scoreless inning by getting Michael Martinez to fly out and the Dodgers remained in the lead. O’Koyea Dickson reached on an infield single in the eighth and Hernandez also singled to give the Dodgers runners on first and second with one out.

Anthony Swarzak then walked Austin Barnes to load the bases. In arguably the highlight of the day, Matt Carson hit a grand slam to give the Dodgers a comfortable 7-2 lead. Pedro Baez threw a scoreless ninth inning and the Dodgers ended their streak of games ending in a tie.

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