Pujols leads charge as Halos hit four homers

Pujols leads charge as Halos hit four homers

Pujols leads charge as Halos hit four homers
LOS ANGELES -- Albert Pujols' first Spring Training with his new team ended with a really loud bang.

In his first at-bat of Wednesday's exhibition game against the Dodgers, and what would be his final plate appearance before Opening Day, Pujols went deep one last time, taking Dodgers righty Nathan Eovaldi out to left field and setting the tone for the Angels' 8-3 win in the Freeway Series finale at Dodger Stadium.

With that, the Halos took two of three from their cross-town rivals and finished the spring 19-12-2, while the Dodgers ended with a 15-15-4 record.

Pujols' spring went even better. The newly signed slugger batted .383 while leading the team with seven homers -- the last of which traveled 441 feet -- and 20 RBIs in 23 games.

The Angels' other big offseason acquisition, C.J. Wilson, took the ball for his final spring tuneup and got through four scoreless innings, giving up five hits, walking two and striking out five to finish his spring with a 1.11 ERA in 24 1/3 innings.

"It was a big learning experience for me, trying to get on the same page with all the catchers and kind of ingratiate myself into different stuff," Wilson said. "But overall, I think I pitched pretty well and made a lot of improvements over last year, especially from Spring Training to Spring Training as a starter, getting a feel every year for what I need to do to prepare myself a little bit better."

The Angels got on the board in the first on the Pujols homer, added another run on a homer in the second by Mark Trumbo -- one that came after he committed his team-leading fourth error of the spring at third base -- and added two in the fourth on a two-run homer by outfielder Ryan Langerhans.

Most of the Dodgers regulars were out of the lineup while resting up for the regular-season opener in San Diego on Thursday, and Los Angeles collected just six hits through the first six innings. Catcher Tim Federowicz, who put the Dodgers on the board with an RBI single in the seventh, Luis Cruz and Luis Nunez had the only multihit games for the Dodgers.

Andre Ethier was hit on the arm by a Wilson fastball in the third, then was promptly taken out for a pinch-runner, seemingly for precautionary reasons.

Eovaldi was charged with seven runs (five earned) on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, but still finished his spring with a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings.

The Angels broke the game open in the fifth, getting three runs on an RBI single by Langerhans and a throwing error by second baseman Nunez.

Up next: The Angels will hold a noon PT workout at Angel Stadium on Thursday, in preparation for Opening Day against the Royals at 7:05 p.m. at Angel Stadium on Friday. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports West, ESPN2 and MLB.TV. Jered Weaver, coming off a season in which he finished second in the American League Cy Young Award voting, will toe the rubber -- opposite Royals lefty Bruce Chen -- in what will be his third straight Opening Day start.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.