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Crawford delivers but Dodgers lose to Class-A team

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP)

The Dodgers were one out away from dropping an exhibition game to their Class-A affiliate despite the presence of five major leaguers in their starting lineup, another on the mound and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda serving as manager Thursday night.

In what the Dodgers surely hope is a sign of things to come, Carl Crawford got them back in the game.

Crawford delivered a game-tying, two-run single with two outs in the final inning, but the Dodgers lost to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4-3 in seven innings.

Crawford, acquired from Boston last summer and who underwent Tommy John surgery last August, began the night 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. With the Dodgers trailing 3-1 in the top of the seventh and the bases loaded with two outs, Crawford lined a sharp single to left field to extend the game.

''I'm constantly making adjustments as the game goes on,'' he said. ''I haven't played in a while, so I'm going to be constantly making adjustments like that. There's still going to be some rust on there until I start playing some real games, but right now I'm just battling at the plate.''

Crawford said before the game that while he is not 100 percent, he is pleased with where his health is at.

''I'm pretty much right on schedule,'' he said. ''I wish it would've been quicker. I think I'm right on time where I should be.''

Lasorda was greeted by a loud standing ovation from the sellout crowd during pregame introductions and the Quakes dedicated their clubhouse in his name. Hall of Famer Maury Wills also made a pregame appearance.

''I loved every minute until they went ahead of us,'' Lasorda chuckled. ''The fire was there. I wanted to win even though it didn't make any difference.''

The Dodgers, who had a split squad with other members of the team facing the Angels, trotted out five big leaguers in the starting lineup against the Quakes: Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Luis Cruz, Alfredo Amezaga and Jerry Hairston.

Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk and a run scored, while Cruz went 1-for-3 with a single and a run. Amezaga was 0-for-4 and Hairston 0-for-3.

Touted prospect Yasiel Puig, who hit .526 in Cactus League play but will begin the year at Double-A Chattanooga, hit sixth for the Dodgers and went 0-for-3.

The Quakes won when Angelo Songco drilled a walkoff RBI single into right field with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

''We came out here and we wanted to win and we were able to do that,'' Songco said. ''Nothing like a walkoff .To be able to beat them is a great feeling.''

Chris Reed, the Dodgers' first round pick in 2011, started and threw three hitless innings for the Quakes. He walked one and struck out three, including Crawford and Hairston.

''After I was finished throwing it kind of set in (that I struck out major leaguers), but in the moment you just are trying to make pitches,'' Reed said. ''The main thing was not worrying about the names, just throwing strikes and not falling behind.''

The Quakes strung together four consecutive singles in the first inning, including an RBI knock by 2012 first-round pick Corey Seager, against Dodgers starter Stephen Fife to jump out to an early 2-0 lead and extended it to 3-0 in the third.

The Dodgers will join the rest of their teammates for two more exhibition games against the Angels before beginning the regular season on April 1.

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