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Posey, Neal homers cap Giants' winning day

Posey, Neal homers cap Giants' winning day

Posey, Neal homers cap Giants' winning day
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Thomas Neal and Buster Posey homered off Dodgers relievers to lift a split-squad Giants team to a 5-3 win Friday night in a game between the rivals that included a pair of hit batters.

The Giants scored in the second inning when former Dodger Cody Ross was hit on the left wrist by a Jon Garland pitch, Travis Ishikawa singled softly, and on Matt Kemp's wild throw, Ross scored and Ishikawa took third.

Ross remained in the game and after coming out said he was not hurt "or I wouldn't have stayed in to face [Jonathan] Broxton."

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In true Dodgers-Giants fashion, San Francisco starter Barry Zito hit the next batter he faced, Marcus Thames, with the first pitch. That similarly cost Zito, as the Dodgers loaded the bases on James Loney's single and Jamie Hoffmann's walk, and Thames scored on Ivan DeJesus' double-play grounder.

Thames was hit on the top of the right hand, but he wasn't injured.

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Garland and Zito each pitched three innings and allowed one run, Garland's being unearned. Broxton followed Garland with a scoreless inning. Felix Romero followed Zito with two scoreless innings.

Neal homered off Matt Guerrier in the fifth and Posey took Ron Mahay deep in the sixth.

Juan Castro delivered an RBI single for the Dodgers in the seventh.

The Giants' other split-squad team beat the Brewers, 7-2, earlier in the day.

Giants up next: Left-hander Madison Bumgarner makes his first start (and third appearance) of the spring when the Giants visit Oakland and left-hander Brett Anderson on Saturday. Bumgarner has allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings so far for a 9.00 ERA. It will be the first meeting of the spring between the Bay Area rivals.

Dodgers up next: The Dodgers follow Friday night's game with a day game at home against the Reds, with Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw making his second appearance and likely to go four innings. A parade of non-roster pitchers trying to sneak onto the roster will follow him -- Lance Cormier, Jon Huber, Roman Colon, Oscar Villarreal and Wilkin De La Rosa. The game will be the first of the spring broadcasts by the Spanish-language team of Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez and Fernando Valenzuela on KTNQ-AM AM.

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

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