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Brett Anderson struggles, Alex Guerrero homers, Dodgers set new ties record

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For the second time in as many days, a Dodgers starting pitcher got tagged around Camelback Ranch. On Thursday, it was Brett Anderson 's turn. The left-hander couldn't get out of the second inning in the Dodgers' 7-7 tie with the Angels at Camelback Ranch.

The tie was the Dodgers' sixth of the spring, setting a new franchise spring training record, with 18 games left on the schedule

Anderson allowed three runs and seven hits in 1⅔ innings, including a mammoth home run to Albert Pujols in the first inning. The Angels tacked on two more runs in a second-inning rally that saw Anderson knocked out after throwing 49 pitches to record five outs.

The Dodgers rebounded with a five-run second inning, highlighted by a three-run home run from Alex Guerrero, who started at shortstop, his third straight day at the position.

Guerrero, one of several Dodgers headed to San Antonio for a pair of weekend exhibitions against the Rangers, is 10-for-25 (.400) this spring with two home runs.

Relief efforts

Chin-hui Tsao pitched a perfect fifth inning to begin his third appearance of the spring, retiring Albert Pujols, David Freese and C.J. Cron in order, but then got touched up for the first time in the sixth, allowing a pair of runs on two hits and a walk.

At 33, Tsao isn't your typical pitcher up from minor league camp, having last pitched professionally in 2009 and last in the majors in 2007.

"I'd say he's on the radar," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's thrown the ball good. He's been out there three times, multiple innings for us. He's got good pitch mix, he knows what he's doing."

The Dodgers did get clean appearances out of Yimi Garcia, Joel Peralta and Chris Hatcher. Garcia struck out two of the four he faced on Thursday, and in the Cactus League has retired 17 of 19 batters faced, with five strikeouts.

Up next

Several Dodgers are about to leave for San Antonio, where the club will play two exhibition games against the Rangers. Some Dodgers stayed behind, including Clayton Kershaw who will start against the Athletics in Mesa on Friday at 1 p.m. PT.

In San Antonio, Erik Bedard starts for the Dodgers, with Anthony Bass on the mound for Texas. That game is at 5 p.m. PT.