LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson and Justin Turner homered Saturday night for the Dodgers, but pinch-hitter Tony Sanchez's RBI double in the top of the ninth inning gave the Angels a 4-4 tie at Dodger Stadium and a split of the three-game Freeway Series.Pederson's sixth home run of the Spring
LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson and Justin Turner homered Saturday night for the Dodgers, but pinch-hitter Tony Sanchez's RBI double in the top of the ninth inning gave the Angels a 4-4 tie at Dodger Stadium and a split of the three-game Freeway Series.
Pederson's sixth home run of the Spring came in the sixth inning off Andrew Bailey after pinch-hitter Chase Utley walked and stole second base.
Jose Pujols slugged a two-run homer for the Angels in the third inning off Brandon McCarthy, who won the fourth starter role for the Dodgers coming off two years of injuries. McCarthy was charged with three runs on four hits with four strikeouts in three innings.
"I was happy with it," said McCarthy. "I was able to execute across the board. I tried something new with Pujols, tried to do something more with the cutter, not something I'll try again when games count."
In the bottom of the first inning, Turner hammered a two-run homer off Angels starter Jesse Chavez, who pitched for the Dodgers last year. The home run -- one of three hits for Turner -- followed the first of two singles by Rookie of the Year Corey Seager, playing in his first Cactus League game since straining an oblique muscle on March 3.
Chavez pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, in his final exhibition start. He said the hits he surrendered were the result of too much side-to-side movement and a lack of depth on his pitches, something he plans to address before making his season debut Friday in the Angels' home opener against the Mariners.
"We all have a to-do list [for spring]," Chavez said. "All the boxes were checked, and I think we're ready to rock."
After Sanchez's tying double, the Angels had the potential go-ahead run in the ninth inning thrown out at the plate on a missed squeeze sign that was recorded as a caught stealing at the end of a bungled rundown.
The Dodgers finished the Cactus League 18-18-2, while the Angels went 20-14-1.
Angels Up Next: The Angels begin the 2017 season against their American League West rivals in Oakland. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco will make the fourth Opening Day start of his career when he toes the rubber vs. Kendall Graveman and the A's at 7:05 p.m. PT in a game on MLB.TV.
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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.