Salazar pitches 3 scoreless innings, Indians beat Dodgers


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland starter Danny Salazar pitched three scoreless innings and the Indians beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 Monday.

The Indians had been 0-4 with two ties before the win.

Salazar gave up one hit and struck out two.

Alex Wood, who hopes to break into the Dodgers starting rotation, gave up five runs on four hits over two innings in his first spring start.

Jose Ramirez hit a solo homer off Wood. After Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana reached base on successive errors by shortstop Corey Seager, Giovanny Urshela hit a three-run shot.

Brandon Beachy threw two scoreless innings in relief with one hit and two walks. Beachy has emerged as a contender for a starting job since the Dodgers lost Brett Anderson for three-to-five months following back surgery last Thursday.

“He was good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “At this point, it’s only important that the pitcher feel good about how the ball is coming out of their hand.”

STARTING TIME

Indians: Salazar allowed three runs in two innings in his first spring outing, against Cincinnati on Thursday.

“Today was better,” Salazar said. “I felt like I had more control of the game. My body, too. I was just taking my time between pitches, and just staying back a little bit more. I was not trying to rush through my pitches.”

Dodgers: Wood was 5-6 with a 4.35 ERA over 12 starts for the Dodgers last season after they acquired him from Atlanta in July.

“Overall, I felt pretty good,” Wood said. “It was just good to be out there on the mound. Other than a couple of bad pitches, my stuff felt good.

“I think my command will come as I get more into it.”

MAEDA MAN

Kenta Maeda threw 14 pitches in a bullpen session Monday. The Japanese right-hander, who threw two scoreless innings in his Dodger debut Saturday, is scheduled for his second spring start Thursday against Oakland.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: Right-hander Zach McAllister is out with the flu. … Outfielder Michael Choice sat out Monday. He has been suffering from discomfort in his hamstrings.

Dodgers: Infielder Howie Kendrick, who was set to start at third base Monday, was a late scratch because of pain in his right groin. Kendrick was not scheduled for any tests. “We’ll see how he feels,” said Roberts, who called the move a precaution. … Outfielder Andre Ethier is suffering from a contusion on his right hand caused by the way he grasps the lower end of the bat. … Third baseman Justin Turner, who underwent surgery on his left knee during the offseason, has been taking batting practice against minor league pitching. He has yet to play in a spring game. … Infielder Alex Guerrero was back on the field for workouts Monday. He was a late scratch from games over the weekend because of pain in his knees and back.

UP NEXT

Indians: They are at home in Goodyear on Tuesday with right-hander Trevor Bauer set to make his second spring start against Seattle right-hander Nathan Karns.

Dodgers: They travel to the Cubs spring home in Mesa with ace Clayton Kershaw set to make his second spring start. The Cubs plan to counter with Kyle Hendricks.

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