GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers slugged four homers and claimed a 13-7 victory over the White Sox Saturday at Camelback Ranch, and they did so with White Sox manager Rick Renteria absent for most of the contest.Renteria earned the rare Cactus League ejection after the top of the third from
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers slugged four homers and claimed a 13-7 victory over the White Sox Saturday at Camelback Ranch, and they did so with White Sox manager Rick Renteria absent for most of the contest.
Renteria earned the rare Cactus League ejection after the top of the third from home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott. White Sox starting pitcher Carson Fulmer appeared to take umbrage with the strike zone as he left the mound, just as Avisail Garcia had on a called third strike in the second. Those disagreements turned into a heated exchange and Renteria being tossed.
"I wasn't happy. I think that's just because of me being a competitor and wanting to push us in the direction of winning," Fulmer said. "I definitely have a manager who respects us all and has our backs and it just tells you a lot about who we have pushing us in the direction we want to be going."
"We just had a couple of words," Renteria said. "Just wanted to make sure he was OK with Fulmer. It got a little out of hand, probably on my part. I wanted to make sure that Fulmer was able to continue to pitch. I didn't want that escalate into anything. It happens."
Fulmer allowed a single run in each of the first three innings. Trayce Thompson, who was traded from the White Sox to the Dodgers as part of a three-team deal sending Todd Frazier to the White Sox, singled home Chase Utley in the first. Rob Segedin, in his first at-bat since returning from the World Baseball Classic, launched his second home run in the second.
Andre Ethier, in his first start since injuring a hip March 6, doubled home Utley in the third. Fulmer struck out two and walked one in four innings.
White Sox outfielder Jacob May had a productive day at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a double and a triple from the leadoff spot.
Kenta Maeda yielded one run on five hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out one and walking one. The Dodgers padded their lead off of White Sox relievers Jace Fry and Jake Petricka by scoring four runs in the fifth. Bobby Wilson and Brett Eibner went deep off of Zach Putnam during a three-run sixth.
O'Koyea Dickson added the other home run for Los Angeles.
"Overall, I thought I was good," said Maeda. "I was able to execute my plan. I'm pretty happy with where I am. Next time I will throw the most innings and most pitches. I want to be able to go deeper into the game."
Dodgers Up Next: Right-hander Trevor Oaks gets the unexpected start for the Dodgers at 3:05 p.m. CT against Team Japan at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Rich Hill instead will pitch in a morning Minor League game.
White Sox Up Next:Carlos Rodon makes his first 2017 Cactus League start and first 2017 Cactus League appearance on Sunday (MLB.TV), after building up arm strength through live bullpens and simulated games as the White Sox took a gradual preparatory approach with the young hurler. Rodon will face the Angels in Tempe with a first pitch scheduled for 3:10 p.m. CT.
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