GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ted Lilly is coming around after an irregular spring schedule.
The Dodgers left-hander allowed two runs while striking out six without issuing a walk, and Los Angeles beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 on Wednesday.
Lilly gave up six hits in a solid bounce-back performance after a shaky outing March 12, when he allowed six runs in 2 2-3 innings to the Kansas City Royals.
``He sounded like he just didn't feel like everything was synced up yet,' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ``He's the last of the four (starts) to get a feel for it.'
Lilly skipped his start March 18 so the San Francisco Giants wouldn't get an early look at him, tossing six innings against Texas Rangers minor leaguers instead. Lilly also missed his first start of the spring due to the flu. This was just his third Cactus League appearance.
Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer off of John Danks in the fourth to give Los Angeles a 3-1 lead. It was Kemp's fifth home run of the spring. He also hit a two run shot on Sunday against the White Sox.
``He's been focused. He's been doing everything we ask,' Mattingly said. ``He's just really swinging the bat good.'
Juan Uribe, who spent five seasons with the White Sox, had two hits against his former club. He singled and scored in the fourth inning, and singled in another run in the fifth, receiving friendly jeers from the opposing dugout.
``He's one of my favorite teammates of all-time,' Danks said.
Danks took the loss for Chicago, working 5 1-3 innings and giving up four runs, three of which were earned. He walked three and struck out four.
``I felt awesome,' Danks said, despite yielding as many runs Wednesday as he had in his other four starts combined. ``The home run in the fourth was just a case of them fouling off some good pitches and then making a mistake to a good hitter.'
Danks' 2.49 ERA still leads all White Sox starters this spring.
Carlos Quentin hit his fourth home run of the spring off Lilly to lead off the second inning. He has 10 hits in his last 13 at_bats.
Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel each added two hits for Chicago.
NOTES: The Dodgers won three of four games against the White Sox this spring. The teams share a facility. ... White Sox RHP Jake Peavy (rotator cuff tendinitis) said there was no structural damage when he met with doctors Wednesday. GM Ken Williams called it ``encouraging news.' ... Dodgers 3B Casey Blake (ribs) took grounders and batting practice Wednesday.
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