Dodgers defeat Giants, 5-2, in exhibition game

Highlights from the Dodgers' 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants:

AT THE PLATE: Micah Johnson, Cody Bellinger and Carl Crawford bunched singles for a run off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija in the third inning. Crawford added a run-scoring triple to left field in the fifth inning and scored on Yasiel Puig's sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead. Charlie Culberson's two-run single to right in the top of the eighth gave the Dodgers a 5-2 lead. Scott Van Slyke and Bellinger each had two hits, but Joc Pederson had another rough day at the plate, striking out three times, twice looking. Giants designated hitter Brandon Crawford homered in the sixth off Dodgers right-hander Matt West.

ON THE MOUND: Former first-round pick Zach Lee, in the running for a rotation spot after injuries to Brett Anderson and Hyun-Jin Ryu, gave up one hit and struck out one in two scoreless innings. Manager Dave Roberts liked the way the right-hander responded to left fielder Carl Crawford's first-inning error to retire three straight with two on. "Early, it could have went the other way, but he rebounded," Roberts said. "He missed barrels and kept his composure. It was a good outing for him." Ross Stripling, two years removed from Tommy John surgery and a longshot for a rotation spot, gave up one hit, struck out one and walked one in two scoreless innings to help the Dodgers improve to 3-0-1.

EXTRA BASES: The game ended with Dodgers left fielder Rico Noel making a superb diving catch of Grant Green's flare. … Third baseman Justin Turner, recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, took another step toward a return to game action Saturday, taking six at-bats in a minor league game. "To see live pitching was good for him," Roberts said. … Infielder Alex Guerrero, who injured his left knee sliding into second base Friday, is scheduled to resume baseball activities Monday. … Hard-throwing right-hander Frankie Montas, a prospect who is expected to be out two to four months after a stress reaction led to the removal of a rib in February, has resumed throwing and "felt good" after playing catch at 90 feet Saturday, Roberts said.

UP NEXT: Indians on Monday, noon PST at Camelback Ranch.

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