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Dodgers begin Spring Training with 7-6 win over White Sox

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MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago White Sox Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Though it means absolutely nothing in the standings, the Dodgers are 1-0 in Spring Training. LA kicked off its 2019 campaign with a 7-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

After jumping out to a seven-run lead, the White Sox chipped away, bringing the game down to the final out. With the bases loaded and two outs, Ben Holmes got the strikeout to help give the Dodgers the one-run victory.

LA got on the board early, tacking on four runs in the top-half of the first. A few hits and a walk would load the bases for Russell Martin.

Martin, appearing in his first game as a Dodger in nearly nine years, brought in the first runs of spring with a two-RBI double.

To take a trip down memory lane, here’s the starting lineup from the last time Martin had a base hit in a Dodgers uniform.

Austin Barnes, who will be battling Martin for starting time behind the plate this season, followed with a double of his own, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. A groundout from Alex Verdugo would give LA a 4-0 lead.

Two more runs would be added in the top of the second after a Kiké Hernandez double.

Joc Pederson would hit the first home run of Spring Training for the Dodgers, as his moonshot of a blast would give LA a 7-0 lead.

On the pitching side of things, Rich Hill got the start. As expected, Hill only threw one inning, and he needed only nine pitches to do so, retiring the White Sox in order.

Nine other pitchers got action in the contest. Some notable names include Kevin Quackenbush, who allowed two hits and a run in an inning of work. Josh Sborz struck out one in a hitless inning. Another notable performance was Jaime Schultz, who struck out two in an inning.

Down three runs heading into the final frame, Chicago plucked away to give themselves a chance at a victory. After scoring two runs, the White Sox had the bases loaded with two outs. Homes got the crucial strikeout for LA, giving the Dodgers a 7-6 win.

Also, this had to be acknowledged. Such beautiful hair.

For what its worth, Stetson Allie also threw a 1-2-3 inning as well.

The Dodgers return to action tomorrow as they’ll take on the Angels. First pitch is at 12:05 p.m. on SportsNet LA.