Dodgers pound ball, but let it slip away

Dodgers pound ball, but let it slip away

at Tucson
Friday, March 20

Dodgers at the plate: Chan Ho Park broke up 2 1/3 innings of no-hit ball from Randy Johnson with a double in the top of the third. Andruw Jones hit his third Spring Training homer -- and his first in the Cactus League -- onto the left-field picnic area for a two-run shot. Jones singled, stole a base and scored a run in the sixth, then doubled to left in the seventh. Gary Bennett had a pair of hits and a walk in his first four trips to the plate.

Diamondbacks at the plate: Chris Snyder tied the game in the fourth with his fourth Cactus League round-tripper, a three-run blast landing in the left-field bullpen. He hit his fifth homer the next time up, bringing the D-backs back within two with a three-run shot over the center-field fence. Conor Jackson had two hits and a walk in three at-bats, scoring twice. Chris Burke doubled down the left-field line in the seventh, then stole third and scored on a throwing error on the steal, bringing the D-backs within one. Justin Upton finished a 2-for-3 day by launching his second spring homer halfway up the grassy hill in deep center field. The two-run dinger gave the D-backs a one-run lead.

Dodgers on the mound: Park gave up his first earned runs of the spring in his third start and fifth appearance. Park pitched four innings, yielding three runs on a three hits and three walks. All his runs came on Snyder's three-run shot in the fourth. He struck out three. L.A.'s bullpen proved porous, with Hon-Chih Kuo, Mike Koplove, Scott Proctor and Rudy Seanez each allowing at least a run, with Kuo and Seanez allowing a pair a-piece.

Diamondbacks on the mound: Johnson pitched 3 2/3 innings before hitting his pitch limit with approximately 63 pitches. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out three. Brandon Medders was strong in his seventh relief appearance of the spring, pitching 1 1/3 innings and letting up one hit while inducing three groundball outs and one fly to center. Dustin Nippert continued to struggle, facing nine batters in the sixth and yielding five runs on six hits.

Cactus League records: Diamondbacks 9-14-1, Dodgers 9-14-2.

Up next for Diamondbacks: Edgar Gonzalez starts Saturday against the Rockies in a 1:05 p.m. MST tilt at Tucson Electric Park. Manager Bob Melvin has identified Gonzalez as the most likely pitcher to step into the rotation if Johnson isn't ready at the start of the season. Aaron Cook will climb the hill for the Rockies.

Up next for Dodgers: Derek Lowe toes the rubber for the Dodgers as they host their L.A. rivals, the Angels, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium at 1:05 p.m. PT. Jon Garland will be on the mound for the Angels.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.