Home Run in 10th Sinks Dodgers 3-2

The Dodgers send a squad to Scottsdale to play the Cubs without a single regular player save starter Chad Billingsley. Despite that they battled the Cubs into the bottom of the ninth when rookie D.J. LeMahisu dropped a drive just over the fence in left field to break a 3-3 tie. The youngster had hit only two homers last year for Peoria.

Rookie Luis Vazquez, the Dodgers fifth pitcher, didn't retire a man in the 10th, issuing a walk and the game-winning bomb. Chad Billingsley started and worked into the fourth, allowing three hits and two runs, one unearned.

Ramon Troncoso, Jon Link and Carlos Monasterios followed. Troncoso gave up a hit over 1.1 innings, Link allowed a run in two and Monasterios allowed only a hit in two innings.

The Dodgers recorded seven hits, including doubles by Gabe Kapler, Marcus Thames plus a triple by Aaron Miles. They were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Billingsley was victimized by a leadoff error in the first inning that resulted in the Cubs first run. Justin Seller fumbled a ball hit to him at third, then threw wildly to put the leadoff man on base. Marlin Byrd then banged the first of his three hits, a double to drive in the run.

Miles tripled to right-center in the third and scored on Trayvon Robinson's ground ball to second, tying the game. Billingsley ran out of gas and pitches in the fourth inning. A single, a passed ball, a walk and a single put Chicago up 2-1. He left with two out and two on and an earned run average of 1.35.

The Dodgers bounced back on a double by Kapler, who demonstrated his speed. He used a short fly to center to move to third and another short fly by Dioner Navarro, this on to left.

The Cubs tapped Link for a double and a single in the sixth to move up 3-2. Again Los Angeles bounced back when Jamie Hoffman beat out an infield single and scored on Thames' double. Jerry Sands and Eugenio Valdez left him stranded.

The final eight Dodgers went down in order before Vasquez served up the game-winning hit. He lost his second game of the spring and his earned run average ballooned to 47.25.

Gwynn stole his fourth base of the spring in the third inning, giving the Dodgers their 14th steal in 16 attempts, four more stolen bases than the 2010 team had during their entire 30-game spring season.

The Dodgers drop to 3-7 on the season and will hit the road again to play the Colorado Rockies. Ted Lilly is scheduled to start and Tim Redding, Javy Guerra, Mike MacDougal, Blake Hawksworth and Kenley Jansen are penciled in to work in relief.

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