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Grand slam powers Dodgers over Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Alex Guerrero hit a grand slam and Adrian Gonzalez added a solo home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for 10-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two runs and four hits in four innings.

Gonzalez singled off Jeff Francis to lead off the four-run fifth. Juan Uribe followed with a fly to shallow right. Right fielder Jay Bruce called off second baseman Brandon Phillips but slipped and the ball fell for a single. After Joc Pederson walked, Guerrero homered to left.

Guerrero, the latest Dodgers player signed out of Cuba is trying to learn a new position while keeping his bat sharp. The natural shortstop is moving to second base for Los Angeles.

Manager Don Mattingly has noticed an improvement in Guerrero's offense since the start of spring training.

''He looked stiff at first. It's from not playing in a while,'' Mattingly said. ''I've watched his at bats lately and he looks more fluid and seems more comfortable.''
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Gonzalez homered off Sam LeCure started another four-run inning in the sixth.

Neftali Soto homered and Billy Hamilton had an RBI single and scored a run for the Reds.

Reds starter Homer Bailey pitched three hitless innings, facing just nine Dodgers batters. Bailey allowed a walk to Guerrero but then got a double play.

The Reds commited two errors in addition to the missed fly ball that was ruled a hit.

''We've made a couple of mistakes that have led to big innings,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''We need to execute better.''

STARTING TIME:

Dodgers: Ryu made his second spring start after pitching two scoreless innings against the White Sox on Friday.

Ryu was scheduled to throw three innings or 55 pitches in preparation for the Dodgers' season opening series in Australia in three weeks.

Ryu finished with three strikeouts, all in the third. He walked Todd Frazier but got a double-play ball to finish strong.

''In the first two innings, I didn't have good command,'' Ryu said through interpreter Charlie Kim. ''The last two innings were better. I was working on my slider. I was supposed to throw five and I threw all of them in the last two innings. They were breaking good. I struck out Votto with one.''

Reds: Homer Bailey also started for the second time. Bailey signed a six-year, $105 million extension with the Reds on Feb. 20. Bailey, who pitched his second career no-hitter last season, retired the first six Dodgers batters.

Bailey struggled with command in his first start, a two inning effort against Cleveland.

''I'm just trying to build my innings,'' Bailey said. ''It was hard to say if I had better command. I didn't get into any deep counts. They (Dodgers) were aggressive.''

VIVE LA FRANCE

Team France, managed by former Dodger closer Eric Gagne, played a team of Dodger minor league players. Team France is on a five game tour of Arizona spring training camps. Gagne was 2003 National League Cy Young Award winner.

RED STREAKS

Hamilton's bunt single gave the Reds' center fielder a four-game hitting streak. ... Soto has hits in all six of his appearances.

REUNITED DOWN UNDER

Ryu is looking forward to meeting his mentor, Dae-Sung Koo, in Australia when the Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks in the season-opening series there.

''I will get to see Koo. He taught me how to throw a change-up,'' Ryu said.

Koo, who pitched in 33 games for the New York Mets in 2005, is a member of the Australian national team.

SLAMMED

Guerrero's grand slam was the third allowed by Reds pitchers in the first eight games of the spring.
 

 

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