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Astros top Dodgers with nine-run eighth

Astros top Dodgers with nine-run eighth

at Kissimmee, Fla.
Thursday, March 30

Dodgers at the plate: Nick Alvarez was 2-for-2 with a leadoff double in the fifth. Pat Borders knocked a solo homer off Andy Pettitte in the fourth frame.

Astros at the plate: Willy Taveras and Morgan Ensberg were both 2-for-2 with a walk. Lance Berkman was 1-for-3 with a double in the third inning that scored Taveras from first. Brian Gordon's two-run homer -- his first long ball of the spring -- highlighted Houston's nine-run eighth frame.

Dodgers on the mound: Right-hander Eric Hill allowed one run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts over three innings. He threw 56 pitches, 31 for strikes. Left-hander Tim Hamulack pitched a scoreless frame, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one.

Astros on the mound: Left-hander Pettitte allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts over six innings. He threw 79 pitches, 60 for strikes.

Records: Astros 10-18; Dodgers 14-11-1.

Up next: The Astros host the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on Friday at 7:05 p.m. CT.

The Dodgers host the Angels for an exhibition matchup at Dodger Stadium at 7:40 p.m. PT.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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