Kuroda goes 4 1/3 in 'B' game

Kuroda goes 4 1/3 in 'B' game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hiroki Kuroda stretched out to 4 1/3 innings Tuesday morning in a "B" game against the Seattle Mariners, but in addition to getting his work the right-hander got a 7-1 loss.

Kuroda struck out six, while allowing five hits and three runs -- two of them on solo homers by former Dodger Milton Bradley in the fourth and by infielder Alex Liddi in the fifth.

Luis Vasquez followed Kuroda with a scoreless, but nonetheless erratic inning of work, as he issued a pair of walks and made two wild pitches.

Dustin Ackley's three-run homer off Joe Newby broke open the game for Seattle in the final inning.

The Dodgers' run was driven in on a second-inning single by Jerry Sands that scored Justin Sellers, who had reached base when he was hit on the right elbow by Seattle starter Luke French. Sellers was all right and remained in the game.

Kuroda drew the "B" game assignment because the Dodgers' rotation sets him up to face the Brewers, the foe in Tuesday's regular Cactus League game, on March 19. The Dodgers wanted to avoid giving the Brewers two spring looks at their right-hander.