Huff starts strong, Dickson punctuates win over Seattle
Dodgers lefty allows one hit over two innings; first baseman blasts second spring homer
By AJ Cassavell
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers benefited from some shoddy Seattle defense Friday afternoon, as they rode five unearned runs to a 7-4 victory over the Mariners.
Chris Taylor led the way for Seattle with a homer, a triple and three RBIs -- an impressive display for a player competing for the starting shortstop job. His efforts weren't enough, though, as the Dodgers rallied late, led mostly by their Minor Leaguers.
Los Angeles jumped out in front with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Howie Kendrick (double) and Andre Ethier (single) led off the frame with back-to-back hits, before an error on starter Erasmo Ramirez allowed Kendrick to score -- and Ethier, too, one batter later.
Ramirez didn't look especially sharp, even though both runs he allowed were unearned. The right-hander, who is in competition for the No. 5 spot in the Mariners' rotation, faced 10 hitters and allowed four hits.
Seattle evened things up quickly against Dodgers reliever Dustin McGowan. In the top half of the third, Taylor smashed an RBI triple to center and scored one batter later. Then in the fifth, Taylor put the Mariners on top with a two-run shot into the Dodgers' bullpen, his first home run of the spring.
The Mariners weren't able to get much going against Dodgers starter David Huff. Huff faced the minimum six hitters and surrendered only a single.
"He's a guy we look at to give us length, kind of a spot starter, maybe get a lefty out," manager Don Mattingly said of Huff. "He came up with that cutter over the last couple of years, and that's kind of changed him a bit."
Los Angeles rallied to take the lead in the sixth with three runs -- aided by a pair of errors by shortstop Ketel Marte. Dodgers first baseman O'Koyea Dickson added the exclamation point in the seventh with his second home run of the spring.
Up next: The Dodgers make their first full-squad trip away from Camelback Ranch to take on the Indians on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV. Right-handers Mike Bolsinger and Chad Gaudin are slated to pitch. Bolsinger, who gets the start, dealt with some leg tightness earlier in the week but appears to be fine. He'll be seeing his first game action in a Dodgers uniform since the club traded for him in November. Gaudin, meanwhile, is making his first appearance of the spring after missing all of 2014 with a neck injury.
AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.