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Dan Haren pitches 4 effective innings; Dodgers beat Royals 7-5

  • CORRECTS SPELLING OF SURPRISE - Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren throws during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    CORRECTS SPELLING OF SURPRISE - Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren throws during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers' Kyle Farmer is forced out at second as Kansas City Royals's Pedro Ciriaco throws to first during the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Kyle Farmer is forced out at second as Kansas City Royals's Pedro Ciriaco throws to first during the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas City Royals' Norichika Aoki falls to the ground after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Kansas City Royals' Norichika Aoki falls to the ground after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

Dan Haren pitched four effective innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5 Tuesday.

Haren yielded seven singles, walked one and struck out one.

Noel Cuevas hit a three-run homer in the ninth and Scott Van Slyke a two-run drive in the eighth.

Justin Maxwell went 3 for 5 for the Royals, including a two-run single in the eighth.

Royals left-hander Jason Vargas allowed a run on four hits in four innings, the first run off him in nine innings over three starts.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the fourth off Vargas, but came away empty when A.J. Ellis hit a flyball to center field to end the threat.