- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Paul Maholm allowed six runs and six hits, including homers to Todd Frazier and Chris Heisey, as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Thursday.

Frazier hit second homer this spring in the first inning off Maholm, who is competing with Josh Beckett for the No. 5 spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Heisey connected for a three-run shot in the third, his fourth. Maholm was lifted with two outs in the third.

“The two homers were belt-high and over the plate,” said Maholm, a left-hander making his third appearance in spring since signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Dodgers on Feb. 8. “That’s not really the way I normally pitch. But it’s something you do in spring. You’re going to have days like this. I’ve had worse.

“You do it, you learn from it and you do what you can to correct it,” Maholm added.

Maholm said he has been told he will make the trip to Australia for a season-opening series March 22-23 against Arizona at Sydney Cricket Ground.

“I’m going and we’ll see what the deal is after we get there,” said Maholm, who was 10-11 with a 4.41 ERA last season in Atlanta.

The Dodgers scored in the fourth on Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Hanley Ramirez hit his second homer this spring, a powerful shot to left.

The Dodgers played for the second straight day without manager Don Mattingly, who left camp because of a death in his family. Bench coach Tim Wallach was acting manager.

STARTING TIMES

Reds: Alfredo Simon was solid over 4 1-3 innings He allowed one run on five hits and struck out three.

“I feel comfortable right now to pitch every five days,” he said. “I just have the rhythm. I was a starter in Baltimore. I just feel real comfortable. All my pitches worked really good.” In 19 major league starts, Simon is 3-9 with a 5.15 ERA. Simon might emerge as a starter if Mat Latos is not ready for opening day. Latos had elbow surgery in October and knee surgery in February.

Dodgers: Beckett, who will not travel to Australia, said he expects to make his scheduled start Friday against the Cubs. He was considered questionable Wednesday because of a sprained thumb, he injured in a clubhouse door.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: Latos is scheduled to throw batting practice Friday for the first time this spring. Right-hander Jonathan Broxton, who underwent surgery on his right forearm on August 23, is scheduled Friday for a bullpen session. There a chance he could work an inning on Monday against Cleveland, according to Reds manager Bryan Price.

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