GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Alex Guerrero’s fifth-inning grand slam gave the Dodgers the lead for good in their 10-3 win Wednesday night over the Cincinnati Reds.
Guerrero, who was 4 for 15 with four singles to begin his first major-league spring training, hit the first pitch he saw from Jeff Francis high over the left-field fence to give the Dodgers their first runs of the game.
Adrian Gonzalez also homered as the Dodgers improved to 3-4-1.
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched four innings and allowed single runs in the first and second innings, both earned. He allowed four hits, all singles, walked two and struck out three. The left-hander said after the game that he did not throw a slider until the third inning — then used it effectively. He struck out the side in the third, including Reds slugger Joey Votto on a slider.
Ryu was originally scheduled to pitch three innings, but Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt gave him the option of pitching the fourth and coming out after 10 pitches. He got three outs — a walk, a double-play ground ball, and another groundout — before reaching his 10-pitch limit.
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left the game after four innings after experiencing symptoms of inflammation in his upper left back/shoulder area. He was seen grimacing at home plate during his second at-bat of the game, in the top of the fourth inning, against Francis. Puig played the bottom of the fourth inning without making a play in the field, did not bat in the top of the fifth inning, and was replaced by Mike Baxter in the bottom of the fifth. He was the first Dodgers position player to leave the game.
Puig told reporters after the game that he would be able to play tomorrow.
9:25 p.m. update: Here’s what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said about Puig after the game:
Puig said this via the club’s official Twitter feed:
"The medical staff says I'm fine. I have a little bit of inflammation, but I will be playing tomorrow. I have to keep playing." -@YasielPuig
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 6, 2014
Reds starter Homer Bailey no-hit the Dodgers through three innings. Francis pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning before allowing singles to Gonzalez and Juan Uribe — a blooper that fell between three fielders in right-center — and walking Joc Pederson. Guerrero then cleared the bases with his home run.
Tim Federowicz padded the Dodgers’ lead with a two-run double in the sixth inning and scored on an RBI single by Miguel Rojas. Minor-league call-up Aaron Bates hit an RBI double in the seventh inning. Uribe’s sacrifice fly allowed Baxter to tag up and score the Dodgers’ final run.
Jose Dominguez and Paco Rodriguez pitched scoreless relief innings. Matt Magill pitched a scoreless seventh inning and allowed a solo home run to Neftali Soto in the eighth.
The box score is here. Some more notes and observations:
• Rojas’ throwing error in the first inning was his team-leading third error of the spring. He went 1 for 3 and is batting .417 and fielding .895.
• Billy Hamilton is fast.
• Guerrero played five error-free innings at second base, turning a double play.
• The home plate umpire was Hal “Tripp” Gibson III, a rookie from the Pacific Coast League. He has a degree in art education.
— Ward Romans (@wfromans) March 6, 2014