Byrnes, Tracy take prime cuts
Buckner helps his rotation chances; Rauch tagged in short outing
DODGERS 10, D-BACKS 9
at Tucson, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 31
Dodgers at the plate: The Dodgers capitalized on an error by center fielder Chris Young to push across a run in the third. Casey Blake led off the fourth with a home run to left and Juan Pierre capped the two-run rally with an RBI single. It was the first of two such hits for Pierre, who knocked in Chin-lung Hu in the sixth. The sixth was also the inning that Blake DeWitt hit a home run nearly over the back fence in right off Jon Rauch. James Loney also connected And Andre Ethier totaled three hits and three RBIs.
D-backs at the plate: Eric Byrnes doubled twice, including one in the fifth inning that drove in a pair of runs. Also in the fifth, Chad Tracy hit his first homer of the spring, a two-run shot to right off Will Ohman. The D-backs' first run of the game came in the first when Byrnes raced home from third on a wild pitch. Mark Reynolds also homered.Dodgers on the mound: It was certainly not the debut that Ohman hoped for when he signed with the Dodgers on Monday. Tracy greeted him with the homer and Ohman followed that by walking Conor Jackson, who proceeded to steal second base and move to third on a wild pitch. Ohman, though, got out of the jam by striking out catcher Miguel Montero. James McDonald, the front-runner for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, allowed three runs -- one of which scored after he left the game -- in 4 1/3 innings. D-backs on the mound: Billy Buckner helped his case for one of the final spots in the bullpen with a 3 2/3-inning performance in which he allowed just two earned runs. It was not nearly as good a day for Rauch. The right-hander gave up a long homer to DeWitt and allowed five runs in just one-third of an inning.
Cactus League records: Dodgers 14-18; D-backs 11-19
Up next: The D-backs travel to Phoenix to take on the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. MST. After considering throwing Dan Haren in a Minor League game, the D-backs decided to have him face the Brewers. The team will likely limit Haren's innings to keep him fresh for his regular-season start on Tuesday.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.