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Ethier delivers fourth homer in victory

Ethier delivers fourth homer in LA win

at Goodyear, Ariz.
Monday, March 29

Dodgers at the plate: Andre Ethier had a nice night. In the fourth, he lifted Justin Masterson's offering out to right for a two-run homer. In the sixth, he doubled with one out and later came in to score on a Matt Kemp single. Kemp swiped second and scored on a single by former Indians third baseman Casey Blake. The Dodgers loaded the bases on reliever Tony Sipp in the eighth, setting up J.D. Closser's two-run single and Jamie Hoffmann's sacrifice fly.

Indians at the plate: Manager Manny Acta had most of his regulars in the starting lineup but didn't get much out of them on this night. The Indians got on the board in the first when Asdrubal Cabrera singled, Grady Sizemore walked and Travis Hafner punched an RBI single into center. But that was it, until Luis Rodriguez's sac fly in the eighth.

Dodgers on the mound: Chad Billingsley walked three but nonetheless turned in five solid innings. He allowed just a run on three hits with the three walks and a strikeout. His spring ERA stands at 1.84 after 14 2/3 innings. Jeff Weaver took over in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings, walking one and allowing three base hits.

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Indians on the mound: Masterson, the Tribe's No. 3 starter, seemed to make some strides, in terms of control. But he got burned on the homer by the left-handed-hitting Ethier, and he made a throwing error on a potential double-play ball to set up a run in the fifth. Masterson went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts. One of the runs charged to him was a runner he left behind for lefty Rafael Perez, who gave up consecutive RBI singles in the sixth.

Worth noting: Manager Joe Torre turned in a lineup nearly regular-season ready, which is rare for a spring road game. But with a night game here Monday and a day game 130 miles away in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday, it certainly made sense for the big guns to make the shorter of the two journeys.

Cactus League records: Dodgers 11-11-2; Indians 16-7-2.

Up next: Mitch Talbot has already locked up a rotation job with the Indians. On Tuesday, he'll look to put the finishing touch on a fine first camp with his new team. Talbot, who is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA in four appearances this spring, will get the starting nod against right-hander Kyle Davies and the Royals at 9:05 p.m. ET in nearby Surprise, Ariz.

The Dodgers make their final trip to Tucson and Hi Corbett Field Tuesday to play the Rockies, with fifth starter candidate Eric Stults pretty much pitching for his Dodgers future. Also scheduled to pitch are Ramon Troncoso and Josh Lindblom. The lineup will be filled with reserves, with the exception of first baseman James Loney, who did not play in Goodyear.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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