Dodgers rally in ninth to tie Rangers, 3-3, in exhibition

Dodgers’ Scott Kazmir gives up two runs in spring training start against the Rangers

Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir warms up before a spring training game against the Texas Rangers on March 4.

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AT THE PLATE: Scott Van Slyke swatted a two-run homer in the fourth inning off left-handed pitcher Cesar Ramos. The offense stayed quiet until the reserves cobbled together a game-tying rally in the ninth. Corey Brown scored on a wild pitch. The teams opted against playing extra innings. “It’s better than a loss,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said. “I’d like an outcome, a win or a loss. But coming from behind, guys competed.”

ON THE MOUND: Scott Kazmir gave up two runs in two innings. The Rangers tagged him for six hits. Kazmir threw 37 pitches, then went to the bullpen for another 10 to 15. He will go three innings in his second Cactus League start. After Kazmir, Mike Bolsinger turned in two scoreless frames. Bolsinger is competing for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Louis Coleman, a candidate for the bullpen, needed only 10 pitches for a scoreless inning.

EXTRA BASES: Adrian Gonzalez received a day off to rest his neck. He is dealing with a chronic bulging disk. Roberts had planned to play Gonzalez on Friday, but decided there was little reason for rushing Gonzalez back. “I’d rather take that extra day and err on the side of caution,” Roberts said. “So we expect him in there tomorrow.” … Hyun-Jin Ryu has been shut down for the last week because of soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder. Roberts said he was still hopeful Ryu might return by May. Ryu could throw another bullpen as early as Saturday. “We just want this thing to subside, this soreness that he has,” Roberts said.

UP NEXT: Diamondbacks on Saturday, noon at Camelback Ranch. On the air: SportsNet LA, MLB.TV.


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