Baker's walk-off single lifts Cubs in Vegas

Baker's walk-off single lifts Cubs in Vegas

Baker's walk-off single lifts Cubs in Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- Jeff Baker smacked an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning on Sunday to lift the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers in a split-squad game at Cashman Field.

Steve Clevenger singled to lead off the 10th and moved up one out later on Marquez Smith's single. Fernando Felix entered and got pinch-hitter Scott Moore to ground out to short, but the Dodgers didn't turn a double play. That set up Baker's game-winning hit.

The Dodgers had a chance in the ninth when they loaded the bases with two outs against Jeff Samardzija, but Jeff Stevens came in and struck out Matt Kemp.

Carlos Zambrano gave up one run on six hits over five innings and hit a double for the Cubs.

Rafael Furcal singled to lead off for the Dodgers but was picked off at first by Zambrano. One out later, James Loney singled but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. With two outs in the Dodgers' fifth, Rod Barajas walked and Aaron Miles singled. Furcal followed with an RBI double.

The Cubs tied the game in the fifth when Zambrano doubled with one out, flipping his helmet off as he rounded first. He batted right-handed in that at-bat, and had to borrow Baker's helmet, which was apparently a poor fit for the sprinting Zambrano. One out later, he scored on Starlin Castro's double.

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Castro came up limping after a collision at second base with Xavier Paul in the fourth and appeared to injure his left knee again in the fifth when he slid into second base. He was lifted defensively for Matt Camp in the sixth. Castro, who homered twice in a 3-for-3 effort on Saturday, finished with three hits on Sunday and is 16-for-33 this spring.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the seventh against Scott Rice, who walked two of the five batters he faced and another reached on an error by third baseman Smith. Kyle Smit relieved, and his first pitch skipped in the dirt. The Dodgers tallied on the wild pitch.

Smith singled to open the Chicago seventh against David Pfeiffer. One out later, Baker singled before Kosuke Fukudome hit an RBI single to tie the game, 2-2. Baker then scored on a wild pitch.

But Hector Gimenez tied the game, 3-3, with a leadoff homer in the eighth off Chris Carpenter.

Rubby De La Rosa, 22, the Dodgers' Minor League pitcher of the year last season, gave up one hit over two scoreless innings in his first spring start. He struck out two.

Up next for Cubs: Matt Garza will make his third spring start on Monday when the Cubs travel to Peoria, Ariz., to face the Mariners in a contest available via an exclusive free audio webcast at 3:05 p.m. CT on Garza had to dump his plan to only throw fastballs during his last outing against the Royals. The right-hander likes to focus on fastball location in his first three outings, then add his breaking pitches. But he got into trouble in the first inning because he couldn't locate his fastball. After Tuesday's split-squad games, expect roster moves.

Up next for Dodgers: John Ely gets the ball and starts for the Dodgers on the road against Texas on Monday at 3:05 p.m. CT, available on MLB.TV. With Casey Blake sidelined by a ribcage injury, the Dodgers will be auditioning possible backups. It could mean time there for second baseman Jose Uribe, as well as Jamey Carroll, Russell Mitchell, Ivan DeJesus and non-roster invitees Aaron Miles, Juan Castro and Justin Sellers. With a split squad on Sunday, the Dodgers took a look at Pedro Baez, their most notable third-base prospect in the Minor Leagues.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.