Dodgers 2

(17-16, 9-7 away)

Angels 4

(19-14, 10-6 home)

    9:05 PM ET, March 31, 2007

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    Dodgers 13, Angels 4

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If Jason Schmidt gets this kind of run support on a regular basis this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers could have their first 20-game winner in 17 years.

    Wilson Betemit capped a five-run first inning with a two-run homer, Russell Martin and Matt Kemp also homered and Olmedo Saenz drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, leading the Dodgers to a 13-4 rout of the Angels on Friday night.

    Schmidt allowed two runs -- one earned -- and five hits over four innings, helping the Dodgers even the Freeway Series at a game.

    The right-hander, beginning his 13th big league season and first with Los Angeles, finished his spring 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six starts. He will start again on Wednesday at Milwaukee and begin what he hopes will be his first 20-win season in the majors. He had a career-high 18 in 2004 with San Francisco.

    "I'm sure he's had better springs before, but we know what this guy can do for us during a long season because he's been doing it for a long time," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "We feel like we have more than one pitcher on this staff like that, and that's why I feel like we're better in that area this year than we were last year."

    First baseman Nomar Garciaparra returned to the Dodgers' lineup for the first time since his wife, soccer player Mia Hamm, delivered twin girls five weeks prematurely on Tuesday night. He singled all three times up and drove in a run.

    Ervin Santana threw 62 pitches in only 2 1-3 innings, allowing nine runs and 11 hits in his final tuneup before his regular-season debut on Wednesday against Texas at Angel Stadium. The right-hander, who led the staff with 16 wins last season, finished the spring 1-3 with a 6.33 ERA in seven starts.

    Juan Pierre, the Dodgers' new leadoff hitter, triggered the first-inning rally by beating out a bunt single. He scored on Jeff Kent's single before Saenz hit a two-out, two-run double over the glove of center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. at the fence. Two pitches later, the switch-hitting Betemit drove another flat offering by Santana to center for his first homer of the spring.

    "We like our team, but we understand that a lot of people like their teams right now," Little said. "On paper, we look good, but now we've got to go show the world what we can do -- and we've got to do it for 162 games. It's like last year. We'll go as far as our pitching will take us."

    The Dodgers elected to play AL rules and use the DH in their ballpark during the Freeway Series in order to get Saenz some extra at-bats before Monday's season opener at Milwaukee. The decision paid off again in the third when he drove an RBI double to left-center for a 6-1 lead.

    Game notes
    The Garciaparras named their daughters Grace and Ava. ... The nine earned runs Santana allowed were just one fewer than the combined total he gave up in his other six starts. ... Rookie 3B Brandon Wood drove in two runs with a single against Dodgers reliever Mark Hendrickson, doubling his RBI total in 28 at-bats this spring.

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