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Spring training: Cubs 7, Dodgers 5

Joc Pederson gets three hits but Dodgers lose to Cubs, 7-5, at spring training

Cubs 7, Dodgers 5

AT THE PLATE: Joc Pederson had three hits — including his second home run of the spring — and drove in three runs, while Howie Kendrick had his second consecutive two-hit game. But Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Juan Uribe were two for 11 combined and are hitting .175 as a unit this spring.

ON THE MOUND: Brandon McCarthy struggled with mechanics in his third spring start, giving up six hits and eight hits in four innings. But the right-hander said he got something out of the game. "I just couldn't get anything to do what I wanted it to do. Sinkers were cutting, cutters were sinking. Everything was going the wrong direction," he said. "I have a better idea of what I need to get back to doing. So it's kind of good in that regard." Reliever Sergio Santos also had an interesting outing, giving up his first run of the spring. But thanks to a wild pitch, he also struck out four batters in his only inning.

EXTRA BASES: The loss was the Dodgers' first in seven games. …The Dodgers made two errors, giving them six in two games. …With 12 hits, the Dodgers reached double digits for the fifth consecutive game. They are batting .268 and averaging 5.5 runs a game. ... Infielder Cory Seager was among those assigned to the Dodgers' minor league camp. Others were infielder Buck Britton, infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney, catchers Shawn Zarraga and Chris O'Brien. Outfielder Scott Schebler was optioned to minor league camp.

UP NEXT: Angels on Thursday 1 p.m. at Camelback Ranch. On the air: TV: SportsNetLA. Radio: 570.

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