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Nick Punto sparks Dodgers' 7-6 win over Cubs

Utility man drives in team's first two runs.

February 26, 2013

Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 6

AT THE PLATE: Utility man Nick Punto drove in the Dodgers' first two runs with a first-inning single to center field. Dee Gordon, who had an on-base percentage of only .280 last season, drew two walks. So did Tony Gwynn Jr., who is trying to make the team as a non-roster player.

ON THE MOUND: Chad Billingsley gave up two runs and five hits in two innings. But with Billingsley pitching for the first time since a partially torn elbow ligament ended his 2012 season, the Dodgers were encouraged that his fastball averaged 91-92 mph and touched 93 mph. Chris Capuano had a rough outing, serving up two home runs. Capuano gave up four runs and three hits in two innings.

EXTRA BASES: Juan Uribe played the first three innings at first base, something he had never done in his 12 previous major league seasons. With Uribe appearing destined for a backup role — provided he makes the team — the Dodgers want him to play more positions. "I've been working on it," Uribe said. "I don't feel that bad. What's important right now is to program my mind."

UP NEXT: vs. San Francisco Giants on Tuesday at noon PST at Camelback Ranch. On the air: TV: none; Radio: 570.

—Dylan Hernandez

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