Puig's homer backs Anderson's solid LA debut

Puig's homer backs Anderson's solid LA debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The first matchup of the Cactus League season between the Dodgers and Giants settled into a 5-5 tie and set the stage for what figures to be a wild battle between the National League West rivals this season.

Regardless of the outcome, the afternoon was satisfying for both clubs, as San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain started and worked two perfect innings in his first appearance since undergoing season-ending elbow surgery to remove bone chips and spurs last August. On Los Angeles' side, Brett Anderson worked around one hit in two scoreless innings in his Dodgers debut. The left-hander is coming off back surgery and was limited to 45 1/3 innings with the Rockies last season.

Anderson's Dodgers debut

Yasiel Puig's two-run, fourth-inning homer off Ryan Vogelsong opened the scoring before the Giants surged ahead with a five-run outburst one inning later.

With one out and Matt Duffy on first base via second baseman Howie Kendrick's throwing error, six consecutive Giants reached base safely. Four stroked RBI singles -- Brandon Hicks, Jarrett Parker, Joaquin Arias and Mac Williamson. Dodgers reliever Brandon League abetted the rally by issuing a walk, hitting a batter and flinging a run-scoring wild pitch.

Los Angeles scored twice in the seventh inning off Giants right-hander Chris Heston. Kendrick doubled and Andre Ethier singled to drive in the runs.

Puig's towering two-run shot

The Dodgers pulled even in the eighth inning against Giants closer Santiago Casilla. Scott Van Slyke hit an RBI single off Santiago Casilla to score Corey Seager, who lined a one-out double.

Giants up next: Yusmeiro Petit will start for San Francisco on Tuesday against the Padres, but one of the pitchers expected to follow him, Kyle Crick, could draw more attention. Crick, still considered the Giants' top pitching prospect despite a statistically underwhelming 2014 season at Double-A, worked 2 2/3 shutout innings on Friday against Texas. The 1:05 p.m. PT contest will be available via an exclusive free audio webcast on Giants.com.

Dodgers up next: With Clayton Kershaw the starting pitcher and A.J. Ellis the starting catcher, the Dodgers on Tuesday will host the Colorado Rockies, and 20-year-old top prospect Corey Seager will start at shortstop, according to the lineup posted in the clubhouse on Monday. Darwin Barney will start at second base and lead off. The 1:05 p.m. PT matchup will be available on MLB.TV.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.