Billingsley tosses 3 2/3 innings in LA's loss

Billingsley tosses 3 2/3 innings in LA's loss

Billingsley tosses 3 2/3 innings in LA's loss
MESA, Ariz. -- Pinch-hitter DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run walk-off homer in the 10th to lift the Cubs split-squad to a 5-3 victory Sunday over the Dodgers.

Ryan Dempster, who will be Chicago's Opening Day starter, posted the longest outing by a Cubs starter this spring, going four innings. He gave up one run on three hits with three strikeouts. Cubs closer Carlos Marmol struck out three of the four batters he faced in the fifth.

"It was good for the most part," Dempster said of his outing. "I had the ball up in the zone in the first inning or so and was able to get it down after that. It was a good work day and I was able to get extended. I had fun out there."

Is he ready for Opening Day?

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"Not yet," Dempster said. "I'll be ready when it comes."

Kosuke Fukudome was safe at second after two errors by shortstop Justin Sellers, who bobbled the grounder and then overthrew first base in the first. One out later, Fukudome tallied on Marlon Byrd's double.

Aaron Miles tripled into the gap in right-center and scored one out later on Trayvon Robinson's groundout in the Dodgers' third.

Byrd singled to lead off the fourth, advanced on a wild pitch by Chad Billingsley and a groundout before scoring on Jeff Baker's single to make it 2-1. Billingsley, making his second spring start, was lifted after giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and one walk over 3 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers tied the game at 2 in the sixth when pinch-hitter Gabe Kapler doubled and scored one batter later on Dioner Navarro's sacrifice fly.

The Cubs took a 3-2 lead in the seventh when pinch-hitter Steve Clevenger doubled and tallied on Fukudome's single. But the Dodgers tied the game in the eighth on Marcus Thames' RBI double.

Up next for the Cubs: Carlos Silva will make his second spring start on Monday when the Cubs play host to the Angels at HoHoKam Park at 12:05 p.m. PT in an exclusive webcast. Silva's first start was one he'd like to forget as he gave up a pair of two-run homers in the first against the Brewers, then got into a dugout scuffle with teammate Aramis Ramirez after the inning ended. Lefty James Russell will follow Silva. Welington Castillo is scheduled to start at catcher.

Up next for the Dodgers: The Dodgers make their first trip to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort on Monday to play the Colorado Rockies at 12:10 p.m. PT, with Ted Lilly returning to the rotation after missing his last start with the flu and pitching two perfect innings in a "B" game. Reliever Kenley Jansen is scheduled to pitch for the first time since getting his bell rung when he slipped during a Friday fielding drill and slammed his jaw into the ground. Jansen threw a bullpen session Saturday with no problems.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.