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Relievers struggle in Dodgers' Cactus League debut

Nicasio, Frias combine to allow five runs; Rollins goes 1-for-2 atop lineup
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Alexei Ramirez drove in three runs and Avisail Garcia slugged a pair of doubles as the White Sox opened the Cactus League season against the Dodgers on Wednesday with a 6-4 victory at Camelback Ranch.

The White Sox roughed up relievers Juan Nicasio for three runs in one inning and Carlos Frias for two runs in two innings.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Alexei Ramirez drove in three runs and Avisail Garcia slugged a pair of doubles as the White Sox opened the Cactus League season against the Dodgers on Wednesday with a 6-4 victory at Camelback Ranch.

The White Sox roughed up relievers Juan Nicasio for three runs in one inning and Carlos Frias for two runs in two innings.

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Chicago starter Jose Quintana pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.

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Former big league aces Brad Penny and Erik Bedard each pitched two innings and allowed one run as they try to make clubs as non-roster invitees.

In the third, Penny allowed hits to Joc Pederson (who later doubled), Jimmy Rollins and Carl Crawford for a Dodgers run, but he also struck out the side in the fourth inning.

Bedard started for the Dodgers and retired the first four Chicago batters, but he allowed the first of two Garcia doubles and an RBI single to Ramirez in the second.

The White Sox scored three runs in the third inning against Nicasio, with doubles by Adam LaRoche and Garcia.

Video: CWS@LAD: Ethier scores Dodgers' third run

Dodgers prospect O'Koyea Dickson homered off of Eric Surkamp in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 6-2. Andre Ethier, who walked, scored on Kyle Jensen's double-play grounder in the seventh. Corey Seager plated a run in the ninth with a single.

"It was crisp between innings, that's what I really noticed," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of playing under Major League Baseball's new pace-of-play initiatives for the first time. "Instead of 3:15 [minutes:seconds], it's, 'Let's go.' I like it." 

Up next: Defending National League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw makes his Cactus League debut Thursday against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Kershaw allowed three runs in two innings of his first spring start last year against Arizona. Yasiel Puig, who didn't play in Wednesday's opener, will start in right field, and A.J. Ellis will catch. The 12:05 p.m. PT contest will be broadcast live on MLB.TV, MLB Network and Gameday Audio

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Erik Bedard, Carl Crawford, O'Koyea Dickson, Joc Pederson, Jimmy Rollins