Anderson goes six scoreless as Dodgers double up D-backs

Provided early run support, LA's No. 4 starter allows just four hits, one walk

Anderson goes six scoreless as Dodgers double up D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers did not give D-backs starter Yoan Lopez a chance to get his feet under him, scoring a pair of early runs and holding on for a 4-2 win Monday afternoon at Salt River Fields.

Lefty Brett Anderson got the start for the Dodgers and was quite impressive, delivering six scoreless innings and allowing just four hits.

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a double to right-center, advanced to third on a Yasiel Puig groundout and scored when Adrian Gonzalez bounced to short.

Later in the first, Howie Kendrick drew a two-out walk and Carl Crawford drove him home with a triple to right-center.

Ellis' RBI double

The Dodgers added a run in the fourth on A.J. Ellis' RBI double to left-center to increase the lead to 3-0.

Arizona scored in the seventh off Dodgers non-roster reliever Mike Adams, on a two-run single by Nick Evans.


Waking up: Crawford, vying with Juan Uribe for quietest offensive camp among the Dodgers' regulars, tripled in a run in the first. Uribe had a fourth-inning single and scored a run. Both brought .225 averages into the game.

Crawford's RBI triple

Anderson stays grounded: Anderson, Los Angeles' fifth-turned-fourth starter, stretched out to six innings and needed only 74 pitches to do it, recording outs on 12 ground balls. The Dodgers turned four double plays, including a pair by the new middle infield of Rollins and Kendrick.

Another chance for Lopez: Lopez, a Cuban free agent right-hander, got a chance to make another start for Arizona, then was reassigned to Minor League camp after the game. Allen Webster had been scheduled to start, but he was optioned to Triple-A Reno earlier in the day.

Lopez fans Adrian

Show-and-go: After half of the team spent Sunday flying to and from Hermosillo, Mexico, for an exhibition game against the Rockies, D-backs manager Chip Hale had his players report later than usual to Salt River Fields on Monday morning. Several starters, including A.J. Pollock, Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo, were given most of Monday off.


Final spot candidates: The D-backs announced their rotation Monday, and if one read between the lines, it appears that would leave just one bullpen spot yet to be decided. Addison Reed, Brad Ziegler, Oliver Perez, Evan Marshall, Daniel Hudson and Randall Delgado appear to have spots locked. That leaves Andrew Chafin, Vidal Nuno and Enrique Burgos fighting for one job. Despite being starters, Robbie Ray and Archie Bradley are also in the running.


Dodgers: Joe Wieland, with an outside shot at being a fill-in starter for the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu, starts on Tuesday (1:05 p.m. PT, MLB.TV) against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch in the Dodgers' last Cactus League home game. The Dodgers will field the majority of their starting lineup, with Andre Ethier starting in center field.

D-backs: Trevor Cahill, who was named to the rotation Monday along with Chase Anderson, starts Tuesday's 1:10 p.m. MT game against the Rangers at Salt River Fields. Cahill struggled last season, but reworked his mechanics this spring.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.