ANAHEIM -- After being held hitless through six innings, the Angels rallied for three runs in the seventh and beat the Dodgers, 3-2, in the opening game of the Freeway Series on Thursday night at Angel Stadium.Yunel Escobar sparked the comeback and broke up the Dodgers' no-hitter with a leadoff
ANAHEIM -- After being held hitless through six innings, the Angels rallied for three runs in the seventh and beat the Dodgers, 3-2, in the opening game of the Freeway Series on Thursday night at Angel Stadium.
Yunel Escobar sparked the comeback and broke up the Dodgers' no-hitter with a leadoff single off Brandon Morrow in the seventh. Michael Trout and Jose Pujols followed with a double and a walk, respectively, to load the bases, setting up C.J. Cron's two-run, go-ahead double to left field. The Angels pushed their lead to 3-1 on Cameron Maybin's subsequent RBI single.
Alvin Toles put the Dodgers on the board, 1-0, in the third inning by knocking in Enrique Hernandez from third with an RBI double off Angels reliever Kirby Yates. Hernandez reached second on a throwing error from Escobar and advanced to third on John Forsythe's flyout.
Angels right-hander Yusmeiro Petit tossed two scoreless innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout. Petit earned a spot on the Opening Day roster earlier this week and is projected to work as a multi-inning reliever out of the bullpen.
"I was happy because I know there are a lot of pitchers here," Petit said. "I'm thankful for the opportunity from the team. I know that I can help in the bullpen, so I'm ready for that."
Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda was sharp in his final tuneup of the spring, firing three perfect innings. Maeda, the club's No. 2 starter, recorded four strikeouts to go along with four groundouts.
"I wanted to have a strong finish to this Spring Training and make sure all my pitches were working pretty well, making sure I have all the feel for all my pitches," Maeda said through a translator. "I was able to do that."
In his second season with the Dodgers, Maeda ended the spring with a 3.00 ERA over five starts, with 15 strikeouts across 15 innings.
"I feel like I really settled down this year compared to last year," said Maeda, who finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting. "So I'm pretty happy."
Austin Barnes had a solo home run in the ninth inning for the Dodgers, cutting the lead to 3-2.
Barnes, named the Dodgers' backup catcher before the game, caught the final two innings and hit a solo home run to left in the ninth. It was Barnes' third homer of the spring. He does not have a homer in 61 career at-bats in the Majors.
"To see him get in there late and spell [Yasmani Grandal] and put a good at-bat together and hit a homer, I know that's really good for his confidence," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Angels right-hander Richard Parker, who is fighting for a relief job, struck out the side in the fourth, lowering his spring ERA to 0.79. Each of his last 14 outs has now come via strikeout.
"There's a number of guys in our bullpen who have certainly put their best foot forward, and Blake is one of them," manager Mike Scioscia said before the game. "This guy has really pitched well. As we get down to these final decisions, that's all a player can do is perform."
Thomas Stripling followed Maeda with two hitless innings and Luis Avilan worked a 1-2-3 frame before the Angels' offense came to life with Morrow on the mound. Closer Kenley Jansen worked a scoreless eighth.
Dodgers Up Next:Rich Hill gets the ball for the Dodgers on Friday night against the Angels in Game 2 of the Freeway Series at Angel Stadium. The left-hander is lined up as the club's third starter. First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m. PT in a game televised free on MLB.TV.
Angels Up Next: Right-hander Garrett Richards will take the mound for the Angels on Friday night in Game 2 of the Freeway Series at Angel Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. PT in a game televised free on MLB.TV.
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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.