D-backs 8, Dodgers 6: D-backs win in 12th, will open '14 in Australia

2013-06-13T00:00:00Z D-backs 8, Dodgers 6: D-backs win in 12th, will open '14 in AustraliaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LOS ANGELES - The Diamondbacks scored four runs in the 12th inning Wednesday night and beat the Dodgers 8-6.

The game entered extra innings tied at 4. The Dodgers scored two in the bottom of the 12th, and the game ended just before press time.

Before the game, Major League Baseball announced in New York the 2014 season would open in Australia, with these same two teams playing a two-game series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The matchups March 22-23 mark baseball's first games in Australia that count.

"It's going to be fantastic," Aussie-born Dodgers reliever Peter Moylan said Wednesday. "I've been trying to preach the game back in Australia for years."

MLB and the players' union announced the international opening day just one day after Los Angeles and Arizona mixed it up in a big brawl at Dodger Stadium. The Diamondbacks and Dodgers already had a testy relationship before this scrape that resulted in six ejections.

"I always wanted to go to Australia," Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said. "Now I got a real reason to go, and I get to play baseball."

Baseball opened its season at Tokyo in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. The 1999 opener was held at Monterrey, Mexico, and the 2001 season began in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The rest of the big-league season next year is slated to resume March 30.

The Dodgers-Diamondbacks opener will come 100 years after the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants played exhibition games at the same cricket venue. On Jan. 2, 1914, the White Sox beat the Giants 5-4 before an estimated 10,000 fans.

There also was an exhibition baseball game at the same site in December 1888 featuring Spalding's World Tourists.

"It's cool. It's great the sport is going to get a big game like that down there," said Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour, who is from Australia.

The Sydney Cricket Ground will be configured to MLB standards for the opening series.

Today

• What: D-backs at Padres

• When: 7:10 p.m.

• TV; radio: FSAZ; none

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