2/25/2013 6:55 P.M. ET
Cubs power up in Cactus affair with Dodgers
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Omar Luna's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth helped the Dodgers overcome three home runs by the Cubs in a 7-6 Cactus League win on Monday at Camelback Ranch.
Nate Schierholtz, Darnell McDonald and Welington Castillo all homered for Chicago in the loss.
Matt Wallach's RBI single tied the game at 6, as the Dodgers overcame an early 6-2 deficit.
Chad Billingsley, in his first start for the Dodgers after missing the last six weeks of 2012 with a partially torn elbow ligament, was roughed up in the first inning for two runs on extra-base hits by the first three Cubs batters -- doubles by Luis Valbuena and Darwin Barney, and Schierholtz's homer.
The Dodgers answered with a two-run single by Nick Punto in a bottom of the first that started with a 16-pitch strikeout of Dee Gordon and a pair of walks by Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva, who was replaced after Punto's hit by Blake Parker.
Chicago reclaimed the lead in the third inning on back-to-back homers by McDonald and Castillo -- McDonald's a three-run blast -- off Chris Capuano, who picked up for Billingsley.
The Dodgers scored three runs in the fifth inning without a hit off Robert Whitenack, who loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batsman, the first two runs scoring on a balk and groundout. The Dodgers scored a third run later in the inning on another balk, this one by Michael Bowden.
Up next for the Cubs: Right-hander Edwin Jackson will make his Cubs debut on Tuesday at 2:05 p.m. CT against the Rockies when the team returns to HoHoKam Stadium. Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million deal this offseason, his first long-term deal. David DeJesus, Starlin Castro, Brett Jackson and Alfonso Soriano are in the lineup. The game will be broadcast on cubs.com.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.