Angels defeat Dodgers, 8-4, in spring game

Geovany Soto

Angels catcher Geovany Soto, who is making a throw to first base during a spring training drill last month, had a three-run home run against the Dodgers on Friday.

(Matt York / Associated Press)

Highlights of the 8-4 Angels victory over the Dodgers on Friday at Camelback Ranch.

AT THE PLATE: Angels catcher Geovany Soto hit a long three-run homer to left off Dodgers starter Zach Lee in the first inning. Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes hit a solo homer to left off Angels starter Nick Tropeano in the second, his second of the spring. Adrian Gonzalez hit his first homer, a solo shot to left-center off Angels left-hander Jose Alvarez, in the third. Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson had to leave after one inning for an appointment that Manager Dave Roberts described as “personal,” but he made the most of his at-bat, hitting a single, taking third on Corey Seager’s single, and scoring on Yasiel Puig’s double-play grounder. Angels shortstop prospect David Fletcher had two hits and two runs batted in.

ON THE MOUND: Tropeano gave up three runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out none. Cory Rasmus gave up one hit in two scoreless innings, and Yunesky Maya struck out three in two scoreless innings for the Angels. Dodgers relievers Kenley Jansen (no hits, one walk), J.P. Howell (no hits, two strikeouts), Pedro Baez (no hits, one strikeout) and Luis Coleman (no hits, two strikeouts) each threw scoreless innings.

EXTRA BASES: Dodgers shortstop Charlie Culberson made two superb defensive plays, lunging to one knee to make a backhand stop of Craig Gentry’s fourth-inning grounder and throwing to first for the out, and diving to his left to stop Rafael Ortega’s sixth-inning grounder and throwing to first. … Dodgers center fielder Trayce Thompson ranged to the wall in left-center to catch Soto’s drive in the fourth. … Left-hander Alex Wood and right-hander Brandon Beachy will start split-squad games for the Dodgers on Saturday night, Wood against the Chicago Cubs and Beachy against Seattle. Angels left-hander Hector Santiago is scheduled to start Saturday against San Francisco.


UP NEXT: Dodgers split-squad vs. Chicago Cubs on Saturday, 6 p.m. PST at Camelback Ranch. On the air: TV: SportsNet LA; Radio: 570. Dodgers split-squad vs. Seattle on Saturday, 6:30 p.m. PST at Peoria Sports Complex. No TV or radio. Angels vs. San Francisco on Saturday, noon PST at Tempe Diablo Stadium. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 830.

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