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Kemp, Dodgers go deep to top White Sox

Kemp, Dodgers go deep to top White Sox

Kemp, Dodgers go deep to top White Sox
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Corey Smith hit a three-run homer and Jaime Pedroza added a two-run blast in the eighth inning to lead the Dodgers past the White Sox, 9-7, on Sunday at Camelback Ranch.

Trailing 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, Carlos Quentin launched a solo shot off Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier to tie the game to open the frame. Two outs later, with Omar Vizquel and Juan Pierre on base, Gordon Beckham delivered the go-ahead blast into the Dodgers' bullpen.

Smith and Pedroza answered right back in the next half-inning for the Dodgers to provide the final margin.

One pitch from White Sox starter Gavin Floyd turned an excellent effort Sunday into a no-decision. Floyd gave up Matt Kemp's two-run home run in the sixth, his fourth of the Cactus League, but Quentin's long ball took the White Sox starter off the hook.

The six innings thrown by Floyd marked his highest total of Spring Training, as he gave up four runs on eight hits. Floyd struck out four, after striking out just one in his previous three starts.

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John Ely kept the Dodgers in the game during his five innings of work. Ely allowed three runs on six hits, striking out five and not issuing a walk. The White Sox scored three in the first, with Paul Konerko and Alex Rios both doubling home runs and Quentin singling home Rios, but didn't score again off Ely.

Andre Ethier and Eugenio Velez had two hits apiece for the Dodgers. Pierre led the White Sox attack with three hits and two stolen bases.

Up next for the White Sox: Mark Buehrle is scheduled to make his second-to-last Cactus League start on Monday night at 9:05 p.m. CT in Peoria, Ariz., against the Padres, leading into his franchise-record ninth Opening Day start on April 1 in Cleveland. Monday's game is available on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio. Look for Buehrle to work somewhere in the 80-pitch range. Sergio Santos -- who has not been scored upon this spring -- and Gregory Infante also are scheduled to work. The White Sox play one other night game, at home this Friday, before breaking camp.

Up next for the Dodgers: Although rain is in the forecast, the Dodgers have two games scheduled Monday. In a 1:05 p.m. PT start, they are hosting Oakland, with Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw scheduled to start, and relievers Jonathan Broxton and Matt Guerrier scheduled to pitch for the second consecutive day. At 6:40 p.m. PT, the Dodgers are playing on the road against Arizona with fifth-starter candidate Tim Redding on the mound, followed by relievers Mike MacDougal (also scheduled to throw for the second consecutive day), Blake Hawksworth and Kenley Jansen. Both games are available on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Being Ozzie Guillen and follow him on twitter at @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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