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Angels defeat Dodgers, 7-5, in Freeway Series opener

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AT THE PLATE: Hanley Ramirez doubled his spring home run total with a pair of solo shots — one to right, one to left — for the Dodgers. Dee Gordon got his fifth triple of the spring in the ninth. Kole Calhoun and Howie Kendrick each had two-run singles for the Angels.

ON THE MOUND: Zack Greinke, in his final tuneup before his first regular-season start Tuesday in San Diego, held the Angels to one hit through four innings before giving up two runs and three hits in the fifth. Jose Dominguez, battling for a bullpen spot, gave up two runs to the first three Angels he faced in the seventh. Left-hander Hector Santiago threw 104 pitches in his six innings for the Angels, giving up four runs and six hits and striking out five. Relievers Michael Kohn and Ernesto Frieri followed Santiago, combining to strike out four in two innings.

EXTRA BASES: The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez came out of the game for precautionary reasons after being hit by a pitch in the third inning. The Angels got two runs on a strikeout and a double steal in the seventh after catcher Drew Butera's throw to second bounced off Erick Aybar and into shallow left field, allowing Taylor Lindsey and Aybar to score.

UP NEXT: Angels vs. Dodgers, Friday at 7 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. On the air: TV: SportsNet LA, FS West; Radio: 570, 830, 1020.

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