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Dodgers fall to Giants, 8-3

February 26, 2011 |  3:05 pm


If Tim Redding had remained in South Korea for another season, he said he would probably be at a training camp in Guam right now, searching for a fast-food joint or chatting with friends on the computer.

The retread right-hander was one of the few bright spots for the Dodgers' split-squad team that lost, 8-3, to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium.

A 33-year-old veteran of eight major league seasons, Redding held the defending World Series champions to two hits over two scoreless innings.

“Lot better than I really kind of anticipated,” said Redding, who was sent home early a day earlier because of a stomach-related illness.

In first-year Manager Don Mattingly’s first game of the spring, the Dodgers were brutalized in the third and fourth innings, as the Giants scored a combined eight runs off Carlos Monasterios and Oscar Villarreal.

In the third inning, Monasterios was pounded for five consecutive hits, the last a two-run triple by Nate Schierholtz that put the Giants ahead, 4-1.

The Giants added four runs in the fourth inning, which was capped by a two-run home run off Villarreal by a slimmed-down Pablo Sandoval.

The Dodgers also lost a split-squad game to the Angels, 4-1, on Saturday.

-- Dylan Hernandez, reporting from Scottsdale, Ariz.

Photo: Dodgers first baseman James Loney is tagged out by Giants catcher Chris Stewart in the first inning Saturday. Credit: Rick Scuteri / Reuters