SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It was a battle of two pitchers hoping to win the No. 5 spot in their respective rotations, but Friday afternoon's Dodgers-D-backs game turned out to be more about the offense.The D-backs rallied from an early deficit to beat the Dodgers, 11-8, in front of a sellout
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It was a battle of two pitchers hoping to win the No. 5 spot in their respective rotations, but Friday afternoon's Dodgers-D-backs game turned out to be more about the offense.
The D-backs rallied from an early deficit to beat the Dodgers, 11-8, in front of a sellout crowd at Salt River Fields.
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The Dodgers jumped on Arizona starter Zack Godley for four runs in the first inning, two of which came on Yasmani Grandal's first home run of the spring.
Godley, who is competing with Robbie Ray, Archie Bradley and Tyler Wagner for the final spot in the Arizona rotation, allowed seven runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings.
It also was not a great day for Brandon Beachy, who is battling Zach Lee and Mike Bolsinger for the last spot in the Dodgers' rotation. The right-hander allowed six runs and walked four in just two-plus innings.
The D-backs cut into the Dodgers' lead with a three-run second and then grabbed a 7-5 lead thanks to a four-run third, which was highlighted by Welington Castillo's two-run double and Evan Marzilli's two-run single. Paul Goldschmidt hit his first home run of the year for the D-backs with a two-run shot in the fifth, while Yasmany Tomas went 3-for-3 with two runs scored in his return to the D-backs' lineup after missing time with a knee injury. Howie Kendrick went yard for Los Angeles in the third.
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was forced to exit the game and was taken for X-rays, which were negative, after fouling a pitch off his right leg in the fourth inning. He's considered day to day.
Up next for the Dodgers:Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers, who will be the road team in a Camelback Ranch-Glendale game against the White Sox on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. PT (watch on MLB.TV). It will be Kershaw's fourth start of the spring. In 10 innings he has allowed one earned run with 10 strikeouts and a .216 opponents' batting average.
Up next for the D-backs: The D-backs play host to the Rangers on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. MST with Opening Day starter Zack Greinke on the mound (listen on Gameday Audio). The right-hander is making his fourth start of the spring after signing a $206.5 million contract as a free agent over the offseason. Evan Marshall is also scheduled to pitch as he looks to continue his strong spring and push for the final spot in the bullpen.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.