- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Hyun-Jin Ryu had the final tuneup for his season debut, pitching into the sixth inning Sunday for the Los Angeles Dodgers during a 3-3 tie with the Colorado Rockies.

Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs for the Dodgers in their last spring training game before leaving for Australia, where they will open the season next weekend with a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ryu is scheduled to pitch the second game, on Sunday.

The Dodgers were scheduled to leave Phoenix for Sydney at about midnight.

Ryu allowed two runs and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings. He struck out three and threw 88 pitches in a game that was stopped after nine innings.

“I’m very satisfied,” said Ryu, one of 30 players set to travel to Sydney. “I need to work on my curveball. I missed on a couple of those. But I’m very happy with my pitch count. I think I’ll be comfortable throwing 95-100 pitches.”

The left-hander’s day ended one batter after Nolan Arenado sent a 2-2 pitch to left for a solo home run, his first this spring.

Gonzalez’s fourth-inning single scored Carl Crawford, who is skipping the Australia trip to be with his pregnant fiancé. Crawford opened the inning with a double off Colorado starter Jordan Lyles, who gave up three runs and five hits over 4 1-3 innings.

Gonzalez scored in the second on Juan Uribe’s double.

The Rockies got an unearned run in the second when a challenge from manager Walt Weiss was upheld. Matt McBride raced home from third on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Pacheco.

Right fielder Yasiel Puig’s throw to catcher A.J. Ellis was accurate and on time. The plate umpire initially ruled that McBride was out. Weiss challenged. The challenge was upheld when video replay showed that Ellis failed to tag McBride.

McBride stepped to his right and just far enough to elude Ellis’ attempted tag.

“It was good to see the system work,” Ellis said. “I knew right away that I didn’t tag the guy.”

The Rockies tied it in the seventh on an RBI single from Charlie Blackmon.


Rockies: Lyles, acquired from Houston on Dec. 13, is given an outside shot at cracking the starting rotation. “There’s lots of competition here,” he said. “I had opportunities in Houston, but I didn’t take advantage of them. That’s on me. I’ve got to be better here.”

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