Dodgers beat Diamondbacks 7-5, win both Down Under

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 3:54 am •  Published: March 23, 2014
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SYDNEY (AP) — 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.

The Diamondbacks made three errors, two by catcher Miguel Montero.

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.

"It was good to get it, and at the end of the day it's a win. But it's a kind of frustrating one. We walked seven guys the last four innings and we really gave them the chance to get back in the game."

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson wasn't pleased with his team's struggles.

"He didn't command the (strike) zone very good at all," Gibson said of Cahill. "Not many strikes ... it was kind of hard to execute a game plan and get the ball where we need to get it.

"We also walked a gazillion today, hit two guys. You can't give a good team like the Dodgers that kind of opportunity. We made some bobbles in the field which is uncharacteristic and again it's a hard formula to try and beat these guys."

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 in 30 starts after seven seasons in South Korea.



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