Zach Lee got the start in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 10th spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Camelback Ranch. Lee allowed a leadoff double to Shin-Soo Choo, but escaped the inning unharmed with three straight groundouts. Left-hander Martin Perez was on the mound for the Rangers. Carl Crawford reached base via walk with one out to bring up Hanley Ramirez. The slugging shortstop hit a towering fly ball over the center field wall to give him his first home run of the spring and put the Dodgers up 2-0.

Hanley Ramirez smacks two-run HR

Lee came out for another inning and set the Rangers down in order to give him two scoreless innings in his spring debut. A Tim Federowicz walk to start the second was erased when A.J. Ellis hit into a double play. Dee Gordon attempted a drag bunt and was thrown out at first. Relief pitcher Brian Wilson came out to pitch the third. He allowed a leadoff walk to Leonys Martin; however, Federowicz threw him out trying to steal. A nice play by Gordon at second base and a groundout to Ramirez ended the inning for Wilson.

Chone Figgins led off the bottom of the third with a double down the right field line. The Dodgers were unable to do anything else and ended the third with the score still 2-0. Closer Kenley Jansen followed Wilson on the mound to start the fourth and worked around a leadoff single to retire the rest in order. Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe grounded out and Federowicz struck out to end the fourth. Left-hander J.P. Howell threw a perfect fifth for the Dodgers to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard.

Gordon led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and stole second base. Crawford walked to put runners on the corners, but Ramirez flew out to center to end the threat. Chris Perez took the mound for the top of the sixth. He saw three batters and got three outs following a double play ground ball by Mitch Moreland. Offensively, the Dodger offense remained quiet, going down in order against left-hander Michael Kirkman.

Brandon League came in to throw the seventh and promptly gave up a single and a walk. A sacrifice moved the runners over and a ground out to first brought a run in for the Rangers to cut the lead in half. League got the last out to preserve the lead and send the Dodgers back to the plate. A strikeout and a pair of fly outs quickly ended the seventh inning. Prospect Tom Windle made his spring debut in the top of the eighth for the Dodgers. He allowed a one-out single but got a double play on a ground ball to second base to end the inning.

Another scoreless inning for the Dodgers in the bottom of the eighth sent the game into the final inning with a 2-1 lead. Windle was called upon to finish the game and allowed a leadoff walk to Kevin Kouzmanoff.

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