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Early offense rules the day as Dodgers fall to Cubs

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Offense was the story on Wednesday in the Dodgers' 7-5 loss to the Cubs at Camelback Ranch, with both teams combining for 12 runs on 25 hits, including 11 runs and 15 hits in the first four innings.

All the offense was not good news for Brandon McCarthy, who lasted four innings but was hit hard for six runs on eight hits, including five extra-base hits. The Cubs hit for the cycle against McCarthy within 10 batters, culminating in a two-run home run for Chris Coghlan in a four-run second inning for Chicago.

McCarthy was blunt.

"Today was horseshit," he said. "It's not expected but not entirely a surprise. I was fighting a little bit mechanically, and then stuff-wise I couldn't get anything to do what I wanted to do. It made it really difficult to locate."

The calendar allows for such games though, especially in spring training.

"I kind of like sometimes failing in spring, because it gives you a clearer picture of what you need to do," McCarthy noted.

The Dodgers answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the second, three coming on an opposite field home run by Joc Pederson, who continues to further cement his claim for the everyday center field job.

"What I like with Joc right now is that he's staying in the middle of the field more. Early on he was a little bit pull-happy," manager Don Mattingly said. "He seems to be getting himself a good pitch to hit and that's the key more than anything."

Pederson also doubled and singled, and is hitting .444 (12-for-28) this spring.

Jimmy Rollins doubled in the first inning, and in his last seven games is .429 (9-for-21) with four doubles and a triple.

Howie Kendrick was 2-for-3, his third consecutive game with two hits.

Juan Uribe snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a hit and a walk and scored two runs, his first two runs scored this spring.

The offense even got to Sergio Santos, who had been nearly untouchable this spring. The Cubs scored a run on two hits against Santos in the seventh inning, his first run allowed this spring. To underscore how good Santos has been in the Cactus League, the first time he allowed anything of note came in an inning that began with three strikeouts.

One of those strikeouts reached on a wild pitch and scored. Santos finished the inning with four strikeouts, giving him eight strikeouts and no walks in five innings in the Cactus League.

Up next

The Dodgers will host the Angels on Thursday afternoon at Camelback Ranch. Brett Anderson starts for the Dodgers, facing Andrew Heaney for the Halos.