Angels beat Dodgers 7-5 in Freeway Series opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 28, 2014 at 1:14 am •  Published: March 28, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howie Kendrick singled home two runs in a four-run seventh inning, offsetting a pair of solo homers by Hanley Ramirez and leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night in the opener of their Freeway Series.

The Dodgers resumed their exhibition schedule after last week's two-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia, which began the regular season for both clubs. Following these three games against their Southern California rivals, the defending NL West champions go back to playing games that count beginning Sunday in San Diego.

Kole Calhoun also hit a two-run single for the Angels.

"We have a lot of guys who are having terrific springs, and everybody is really putting their best foot forward," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Our club is proving to be a little deeper on the pitching side than a lot of people perceived."

Hector Santiago threw 104 pitches through six innings, allowing four runs and six hits for the victory. The left-hander, who came to the Angels in a multiplayer trade that sent slugger Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks in December, was 2-1 in five spring starts.

"As the game went along, he made some adjustments and finished strong," Scioscia said.

Nick Maronde gave up a run in the ninth before Cam Bedrosian got the final out for a save. Bedrosian is the son of former closer Steve Bedrosian, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 1987 with Philadelphia.

Losing pitcher Jose Dominguez was charged with four runs — two earned — and four hits in two-thirds of an inning after inheriting a 4-3 lead from Zack Greinke.

The right-hander allowed three runs — two earned — and five hits on 78 pitches in six innings. Greinke missed the Australia trip because of a strained calf muscle, which occurred four pitches into his first start of spring training and sidelined him for three weeks.

He is scheduled to make his regular-season debut next Tuesday in San Diego.

"I felt good. I felt like I could go another inning, but the plan coming in was 85, tops," Greinke said. "We already had that mapped out. So I guess that's good — that I still felt strong enough that I could go another one."

Ramirez homered to right-center in the third after Santiago struck out Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford. Santiago hit his next batter, Adrian Gonzalez, on the right elbow with a pitch before retiring Juan Uribe.

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