March 24, 2014 in Sports

L.A. sweeps in Sydney

D-Backs’ rally comes too late to beat Dodgers
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Arizona’s Aaron Hill tags out Los Angeles’ Yasiel Puig at first base during a rundown.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers felt right at home in their season-opening series Down Under.

Yasiel Puig had three hits and two RBIs to back a scoreless outing by Hyun-Jin Ryu, and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Dee Gordon and Juan Uribe also had three hits for the Dodgers, who finished with 13 in beating Arizona starter Trevor Cahill for the first time.

Sunday’s victory came after a 3-1 Dodgers win behind ace Clayton Kershaw in the opener Saturday.

Cahill (0-1) came in 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA in 10 career starts against the Dodgers, but left in the fifth trailing 3-0. He gave up eight hits with just one strikeout and was charged with five runs and four walks in four innings.

After trailing 7-0, Arizona scored once in the eighth and four times in the ninth, including Mark Trumbo’s two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen with two outs. Jansen struck out Gerardo Parra to end a game that featured 14 pitchers and lasted a minute more than 4 hours.

“The first one I really enjoyed actually, this one not quite as much,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Arizona’s late-inning rally.

Beginning his second season in the majors, Ryu (1-0) held the Diamondbacks to two hits in five shutout innings. He struck out five and walked one. The left-hander had a strong rookie season last year, going 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA.

These were the first regular-season major league games played in Australia. The 162-year-old cricket ground was turned into a baseball park over two weeks, and nearly 80,000 fans attended the two games.

Paul Goldschmidt’s first-inning single for Arizona extended his hitting streak to 21 games dating to Sept. 10 last season, the longest active streak in the majors.

M’s rally past A’s

Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run of spring training, but the Seattle Mariners rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to beat a split-squad of Athletics in Peoria, Ariz.

Stefan Romero’s three-run homer off Evan Scribner gave Seattle a walk-off victory.

Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer off Oakland starter Josh Lindblom in the fifth. Justin Smoak and Logan Morrison each had two hits for the Mariners, and Kyle Seager had an RBI double in the ninth.

Clearing the bases

David Ortiz and the Red Sox agreed to a 2015 contract with options for the following two years, a move that means the popular slugger will probably finish his career in Boston. The Red Sox announced the deal Sunday night. It includes a club or vesting option for 2016, and a club option for 2017. Terms were not disclosed. … Jurickson Profar, the former Spokane Indian who was supposed to be the opening-day second baseman for the Rangers, will be out an estimated 10 to 12 weeks with a muscle tear in his right shoulder. It will not require surgery. … Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will start the season on the 15-day disabled list. Machado had left knee surgery Oct. 14. … Max Scherzer and the Tigers failed to reach agreement on a long-term contract and will not negotiate again until after the season. … Matt Moore walked off the field after being hit in the mouth by a line drive that he partially blocked with his glove in the fourth inning of the Rays’ 9-2 win over the Red Sox. The Rays said Moore received a couple of stitches, but had no concussion symptoms. He will continue to be monitored.

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