GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Ted Lilly is hoping to start this year the way he finished last season.
Lilly had a smooth second outing after struggling in his spring debut and Tony Gwynn Jr. had a two-run single to cap the Los Angeles Dodgers' four-run second inning in a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
After struggling to a 4.79 ERA in the first half last season, Lilly had a 2.96 ERA after the All-Star break. He also gave up just nine homers in the second half after giving up 19 before the break.
"I take great pride in answering the bell every five days," he said. "But I put the club in to some pretty tough spots. ... I don't want to come into spring and be so far behind, which is where I have been the last couple of years."
Lilly bounced back after giving up five runs and six hits against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
"Yeah, I was better," Lilly said after limiting the Cubs to one hit and one walk, and hit a batter in three innings. "I kind of approached it like a re...