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Puig, LA pound Rangers, KO Hamels in 1st

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GLENDALE -- Yasiel Puig slugged a pair of two-run homers, Franklin Gutierrez crushed one and Logan Forsythe had three hits Friday night as the Dodgers coasted to a 12-2 rout over the Rangers, whose starting pitcher, Cole Hamels, didn't get out of the first inning.

Puig's first home run to left field was his second Cactus League blast, and Gutierrez's opposite-field liner to right field was his first hit after opening Spring Training with an 0-for-19 drought.

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GLENDALE -- Yasiel Puig slugged a pair of two-run homers, Franklin Gutierrez crushed one and Logan Forsythe had three hits Friday night as the Dodgers coasted to a 12-2 rout over the Rangers, whose starting pitcher, Cole Hamels, didn't get out of the first inning.

Puig's first home run to left field was his second Cactus League blast, and Gutierrez's opposite-field liner to right field was his first hit after opening Spring Training with an 0-for-19 drought.

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"It's as simple as swinging at strikes and taking balls," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Puig's improved plate discipline. "Tonight he had a consistent approach all night and some good things happened."

Puig sees preparation, patience paying off

Hamels served up homers to Puig and Gutierrez, as well as a double off the wall by Forsythe and two walks before he was relieved by Anthony Carter, having thrown 24 pitches and retired one batter. Hamels then went out to the bullpen and threw more pitches to get his pitch count up.

Video: TEX@LAD: Gutierrez hits opposite-field, two-run homer

"That was kind of the plan, if I was able to work two innings or get to my pitch count, I think that's just the way it's going to be from here on out," Hamels said. "Just trying to build up and still be able to go out and hit my number and a little bit beyond it to kind of test the buildup."

Brandon McCarthy started for the Dodgers and pitched three scoreless innings on one hit with three strikeouts, needing only 33 pitches. Julio Urias followed with three strikeouts over two scoreless innings.

Video: TEX@LAD: McCarthy whiffs Gallo in the 1st

Puig's second homer off Nick Martinez in the second inning, and third of the spring, followed Forsythe's second hit. The Rangers trailed, 12-0, going into the seventh before Joey Gallo smashed his second home run of the spring.

Rangers Up Next: Elvis Andrus makes his first appearance in a Cactus League game against the White Sox at 2:05 p.m. CT Saturday in Surprise, available to watch on MLB.TV. A.J. Griffin will start for the Rangers in the home part of a split-squad doubleheader. The Rangers also play the Athletics in Mesa with knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa pitching.

Dodgers Up Next: Hyun-Jin Ryu takes another step in his return from two years of injuries in a start against the Angels for his Cactus League debut this spring. He will be followed to the mound by closer Kenley Jansen. Brock Stewart also will pitch. The game begins at noon PT and will be available on MLB.TV.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.