Dodgers beat Diamondbacks 7-5, win both games Down Under to open MLB season

Published March 23, 2014

| Associated Press

Yasiel Puig had three hits and two RBIs to back a scoreless outing by Hyun-Jin Ryu, and the Los Angeles Dodgers made it 2 for 2 Down Under with a 7-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Dee Gordon and Juan Uribe also had three hits for the Dodgers, who finished with 13 in beating Arizona starter Trevor Cahill for the first time.

After a 3-1 win behind ace Clayton Kershaw in the Major League Baseball season opener Saturday night, Los Angeles remained perfect at Sydney Cricket Ground with its second consecutive victory over its NL West rival in Australia.

Cahill (0-1) came in 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA in 10 career starts against the Dodgers, but left in the fifth trailing 3-0. He gave up eight hits with just one strikeout and was charged with five runs and four walks in four-plus innings.

The Diamondbacks made three errors, two by catcher Miguel Montero.

After trailing 7-0, Arizona scored once in the eighth and four times in the ninth, including Mark Trumbo's two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen with two outs.

Jansen struck out Gerardo Parra to end a game that featured 14 pitchers and lasted a minute more than 4 hours.

Beginning his second season in the majors, Ryu (1-0) held the Diamondbacks to two hits in five shutout innings. He struck out five and walked one.

The left-hander had a strong rookie season last year, going 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts after seven seasons in South Korea.

Trumbo also had an RBI single in the eighth, his first hit for the Diamondbacks. Martin Prado had a two-run single in the ninth.

Puig, who was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts in the opener, also made a nice running catch in right field on a liner off the bat of Aaron Hill with the bases loaded to end the Arizona seventh.

These were the first regular-season major league games played in Australia. The 162-year-old cricket ground was turned into a baseball park over two weeks, and nearly 80,000 fans attended the two games.

The Dodgers led 1-0 after the first inning. Puig singled and scored on a two-out single by Andre Ethier.

Los Angeles scored two more runs in the third after Ryu helped himself by leading off the inning with a sharp single over Hill's head at second base. He moved to third when Gordon doubled to center, and scored on Puig's second hit.

Adrian Gonzalez added a sacrifice fly.

Uribe hit an RBI double in a two-run fifth, and Puig doubled home Gordon in the sixth. Gordon had a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Gordon and Puig were both hit by pitches. Puig was plunked by Cahill in the fourth inning, and Gordon by Addison Reed in the ninth. Last June, a brawl between the teams resulted in eight suspensions.

Paul Goldschmidt's first-inning single for Arizona extended his hitting streak to 21 games dating to Sept. 10 last season, the longest active streak in the majors.

The Diamondbacks threatened in the fourth thanks to some shoddy Dodgers fielding, but Ryu struck out Parra to end the inning.

NOTES: Dodgers LF Carl Crawford, who is on paternity leave and didn't travel to Australia, is a dad. The team said his fiancee, Evelyn Lozado, gave birth to their first child, Carl Leo Crawford, in Arizona early Saturday morning. ... Before the game, Diamondbacks INF Didi Gregorius visited with a group of fans from his former Canberra Calvary team in the Australian Baseball League, where he played in 2010. ... The opening ceremonies that were scratched Saturday because of thunderstorms and light rain were held before Sunday's game, including the introduction of nearly 20 Australians who have played in the majors. Ex-Yankee Graeme Lloyd threw the ceremonial first pitch to Dave Nilsson, one in the dirt that got past the former All-Star catcher.

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