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OC Register: Angels hold on to win slugfest against Giants


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THE GAME: The Angels blew an early seven-run lead to fall behind by two, but they scored four runs in the seventh to pull out an 11-9 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz.

PITCHING REPORT: Right-hander Griffin Canning worked around four singles to pitch two scoreless innings. Canning struck out one, getting Michael Conforto on a changeup in the first inning. Canning needed just eight pitches to get through the second inning. “He was aggressive,” Manager Ron Washington said. “He was very, very aggressive. That’s what I liked about it. He certainly had an idea how to use his pitches.” … Right-hander José Soriano allowed three runs in two innings. … Right-hander Ben Joyce walked the bases loaded and then gave up a grand slam on a 3-and-1 pitch. He recorded just one out before he was pulled. Joyce’s fastball topped out at 101 mph. “You can see he was overthrowing,” Washington said. “Once he learns how to control that arm of his, with that velocity in it, he’s going to be dangerous.” … Left-hander Jack Dashwood worked a scoreless inning to protect a two-run lead in the eighth. There were runners at second and third when Manager Ron Washington came to the mound to give him a pep talk, and Dashwood responded with an inning-ending strikeout.

HITTING REPORT: Ehire Adrianza hit a home run on the first pitch of the game. Adrianza, who is in camp competing for a utility infield spot, came up with the Giants. … Jason Martin, who drove in a run with a first-inning single, has driven in at least one run in all three games he’s played. … Aaron Hicks lined a hit into the gap in right-center. It was misplayed by Giants center fielder Wade Meckler and ruled a triple. Hicks was hitting right-handed, which is his better side. Hicks also singled from the left side in his first at-bat. … Hunter Dozier hit a three-run homer, improving to 3 for 6 this spring. Dozier, who has played parts of seven years in the majors, is competing for a spot on the Angels’ bench. … In the seventh, Charles LeBlanc tied the score with a two-run single and then 18-year-old Nelson Rada, one of the Angels’ top prospects, followed with a two-run single. … The Angels drew seven walks.

DEFENSE REPORT: Right fielder Jake Marisnick misplayed a single, allowing the runner to go to second. … Right-hander Walbert Ureña picked off a runner at first to escape a jam in the sixth inning.

UP NEXT: Angels (RHP Zach Plesac) vs. Brewers (RHP Janson Junk) at Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tuesday, 12:10 p.m. PT, Bally Sports West, 830 AM

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