Dodgers blast off, Urias part of stingy pitching vs. Crew

Ellis, Guerrero, Sweeney homer; club's No. 2 prospect fans two as arms allow first hit in 7th

Dodgers blast off, Urias part of stingy pitching vs. Crew

PHOENIX -- Four Dodgers pitchers combined to allow no hits through six innings, and three Dodgers hitters homered as a Los Angeles split squad rolled to a big early lead and a 10-1 victory over the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park on Friday.

A.J. Ellis hit a three-run home run to cap a five-run second inning, Alex Guerrero hit a two-run shot in the third and Darnell Sweeney added insurance with a blast in the seventh. The Dodgers have already hit five home runs in their first three Cactus League games; the Brewers have yet to go deep.

The Dodgers' second-inning rally began when usually sure-handed Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez dropped an easy fly ball from Scott Van Slyke. Joc Pederson and Kyle Jensen cashed in with run-scoring singles, Jensen's a tapper in front of home plate which catcher Martin Maldonado threw high into the stands for another error, before Ellis made it 5-0 with a three-run homer. After those two mistakes, the Brewers had committed five errors in their first 10 innings of Cactus League defense.

Sweeney's solo dinger

"It always bugs me," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We never want to play this way. I understand it's early, and that's fine. I don't ever like playing like this. But the [Dodgers] came out, man, and they really swung the bat. From the first pitch, just hammered the ball."

Only one of the five runs was earned against Brewers starter Matt Garza, who spent part of Thursday morning downplaying the importance of Spring Training results. Garza walked a batter, struck out one, and surrendered five hits in his first two innings of the season.

Guerrero padded the visitors' lead when he hit a two-run home run off Brewers Minor Leaguer Tyler Cravy.

Guerrero's two-run shot

Dodgers starter Zach Lee and relievers Julio Urias, Yimi Garcia and Chris Reed combined to hold Milwaukee hitless into the seventh inning, when Brewers utility man Elian Herrera punched an opposite-field single. Urias, No. 2 on's list of the top Dodgers prospects, walked three batters in 1 2/3 innings in his debut but escaped without damage thanks to two strikeouts and a pickoff.

Urias fans first batter he faces

"Not bad for the first outing," said Dodgers broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela of Urias. "He looks fine. He has a lot of confidence. Hopefully, he can continue to do it the same way, and sooner or later, he'll come up. I don't know how soon."

Pederson, the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect, finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. He's 5-for-7 with four runs scored in his first three Cactus League games.

Pederson's RBI single

Up next: The Dodgers make their first full-squad trip away from Camelback Ranch to take on the Indians on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV. Right-handers Mike Bolsinger and Chad Gaudin are slated to pitch. Bolsinger, who gets the start, dealt with some leg tightness earlier in the week but appears to be fine. He'll be seeing his first game-action in a Dodgers uniform since the club traded for him in November. Gaudin, meanwhile, is making his first appearance of the spring after missing all of 2014 with a neck injury.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.