Ryu in form as Dodgers close Cactus League slate
Lefty charged with one earned run over 5 1/3 innings in draw with Rockies
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers bid goodbye to Camelback Ranch with their fifth tie of Spring Training, a 3-3 final in nine innings against the Rockies on Sunday afternoon.
Fielding a lineup of potential starters for the team's season-opening series in Sydney, Australia, the Dodgers got off to a slow start behind the pitching of left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Ryu allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and struck out three without issuing a walk in 5 1/3 innings. His next start will be the second game in Sydney, in which Ryu feels he can throw 95 to 100 pitches.
"I need to work on my curveball a little bit. I missed a few of those, but in time, I'm sure I'll get it back," Ryu said through an interpreter. "I hit the 80-pitch count, so I'm happy with that as well."
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the Dodgers scored twice off Rockies starter Jordan Lyles. Carl Crawford doubled down the right-field line to lead off, then scored on an Adrian Gonzalez single to tie the game.
Gonzalez came around to score on a two-out double into the left-center-field gap by Juan Uribe to give the Dodgers the lead. Gonzalez got his second RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, driving in Ryu, who crossed home plate easily.
The Rockies opened the scoring in a somewhat odd fashion. Matt McBride reached on an infield single, moved to second on another hit and took third on a wild pickoff throw from Ryu that bounced into center field. McBride broke for home on a fly ball to right from Jordan Pacheco but appeared to be thrown out at home plate by the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig.
Puig's laser-beam throw beat McBride home, but Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged the call. Replays showed Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis missed the tag on McBride and the out call was reversed.
"It was good to see the system work," Ellis said. "I knew right away that I didn't touch the guy."
The Rockies put runners on the corners in the fifth against Ryu, but Brandon Barnes' flyout ended the inning.
Lyles, who is competing for a rotation spot, lasted 4 1/3 innings and struck out two. He was charged with three runs on five hits and walked two.
Nolan Arenado chased Ryu with a long home run to left field in the sixth and is batting .353 (12-for-34) in Spring Training. Charlie Blackmon's single drove in Tim Wheeler to tie the game at 3 in the seventh.
The Dodgers also set a franchise record with their fifth tie of Spring Training.
A crowd of 13,115 saw the Dodgers off. Los Angeles finished with a cumulative attendance of 114,402 in 12 home dates at Camelback Ranch for an average of 9,534 per game, the highest average attendance since the team relocated Spring Training to Arizona in 2009.
The Dodgers pulled up stakes at Camelback Ranch, save for a few players who will take part in Minor League games while the majority of the squad is in Australia. After the two regular-season games in Sydney -- the Dodgers were scheduled to fly out Sunday night -- the team returns to Los Angeles for a three-game exhibition Freeway Series, which begins March 27 at Dodger Stadium against the Angels.
"We're fairly healthy getting through camp. Obviously would like guys to get more at-bats, but it is what it is," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Feel like guys are ready to get on the road. We're ready to start this thing."
Jose M. Romero is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.