Ellis' slam helps Dodgers beat Angels 9-8

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Associated Press

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 30 at 9:01 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A.J. Ellis hit a grand slam against Jason Vargas for his first homer of the spring, Luis Cruz doubled home two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 9-8 Friday night in their next-to-last game of spring training.

Josh Beckett threw 80 pitches over four innings to get the win despite giving up seven runs on nine hits, including a three-run homer by Mike Trout and a two-run shot by Albert Callaspo.

Paco Rodriguez got his second save of the exhibition season, facing one batter and throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Luis Jimenez with runners at second and third after Brandon League gave up an infield RBI single by Andrew Romine.

Vargas threw 60 pitches in just 1 1-2 innings, giving up eight runs and seven hits.

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