Opposing Kershaw boosts fun factor for Gray

A's right-hander holds Dodgers to two runs during his longest start of the spring

Opposing Kershaw boosts fun factor for Gray

MESA, Ariz. -- It may have just been Spring Training, but Friday's game between the Dodgers and the A's boasted a pair of marquee names on the mound.

And opposite one of the game's top pitchers in Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw, Oakland's young ace Sonny Gray held his own. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while fanning three in 5 1/3 innings of work as the A's won, 3-2, in walk-off fashion in the ninth.

"When you're going against someone as accomplished as he is, it always makes it that much more fun," said Gray, the A's Opening Day starter. "I was excited to get out there today and pretty pleased with the outcome."

Gray kept the Dodgers off the board for three frames until they got to him in the fourth, with Los Angeles scoring its only two runs of the afternoon on ground-ball outs.

"I gave up those couple runs, and it was not because I was making awful pitches," Gray said. "And from there, I thought I made pitches to get of the inning, just unfortunately they got those two runs across."

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It was Gray's third outing of the spring, as well as his longest. He was encouraged by the fact that he was able to pitch into the sixth inning.

"I thought he was good," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "A little erratic at times with his command, but his stuff is so good he gets away with it."

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.