Mar 3, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics infielder Nick Punto (1) drives in two runs off his base hit against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of their spring training baseball game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics Batter Clayton Kershaw In 7-2 Win Over Dodgers


The Oakland Athletics took advantage Clayton Kershaw’s walks on the wild side Monday, knocking the two-time Cy Young Award winner out in the third inning of a 7-2 Cactus League win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Kershaw (0-2) didn’t record an out in the inning as Oakland (4-1) scored seven runs against the left-hander and reliever Brandon League.

Nick Punto and Derek Norris had two-run singles, Josh Reddick drove home two runs with a double and Sam Fuld drove in a run in the big inning.

Billy Burns went 1-for-3 and stole his fifth base of the spring for the A’s.

The Dodgers (2-3) got two runs in the third on a two-run triple by Dee Gordon and scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Andre Ethier.

Other notables in the A’s lineup on Monday were Addison Russell, who was 1-for-2 with a stolen base, and Chris Gimenez, who singled in his only at-bat.

A.J. Griffin got the start for Oakland and allowed two runs on four hits in two innings, striking out two. Sean Doolittle (1-0) worked a perfect inning with two strikeouts, Jim Johnson worked a 1-2-3 fourth, punching out one, Josh Lindblom allowed a run on three hits in three innings while fanning three, Fernando Abad allowed a hit and struck out two in an inning of work and Jeremy McBryde allowed a hit in the ninth.

The A’s will play two on Tuesday. A split squad will host the Milwaukee Brewers at Phoenix Municipal Stadium at 12:05 p.m. Pacific, while at the same time a split squad will be at Cubs Park in Mesa to play the Chicago Cubs.

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