Hunter homers as Halos close spring with win

Hunter homers as Halos close spring with win

Hunter homers as Halos close spring with win
ANAHEIM -- Torii Hunter hit a two-run home run and knocked in four runs, and starter Scott Kazmir looked sharp as the Angels beat the Dodgers, 5-1, in an exhibition game Tuesday at Angel Stadium.

Hunter's home run, his fourth of the spring, came in the fifth inning off Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert.

Hunter delivered two RBI singles against Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda, plating Maicer Izturis in the first inning and Howard Kendrick in the third, after Kendrick hit an RBI double.

"Guys that are very important to us are playing at a very high level," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We hope they will carry this over into Kansas City."

In his final start before the regular season, the Dodgers righty gave up three runs on seven hits -- four of which came in the third inning -- and struck out four in four innings.

Kazmir, who pitched 4 1/3 innings, gave up only one run -- a homer to Rod Barajas to begin the third inning -- three hits and one walk.

The Angels improved to 18-13-1 to conclude the spring, while the Dodgers fell to 13-21-1.

Dodgers up next: In their final game of the spring on Wednesday, the Dodgers will face the Seattle Mariners at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. PT. Righty Rubby De La Rosa, who is 0-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 10 strikeouts in five games this spring, will start.

Angels up next: The Halos will square off Thursday against the Royals in Kansas City on Opening Day, with the first pitch set for 1:10 p.m. PT. The Angels will send Jered Weaver to the mound for his third Opening Day start. In five Spring Training games this season, Weaver pitched 17 2/3 innings, going 2-0 with a 4.08 ERA and 21 strikeouts.

Quinn Roberts is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.