The Los Angeles Dodgers relied on their power to defeat the L.A. Angels for a second consecutive night, this time by a score of 7-6 to earn the Freeway Series victory at Dodger Stadium.
With the win, it guaranteed only series loss for the Dodgers all season came at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers lineup made Angels starter Julio Teheran work in the first inning as he was forced to throw 52 pitches, giving up three runs. Cody Bellinger brought the first run home on a bases-loaded walk, followed by an RBI single from Will Smith and then a run-scoring groundout by Joc Pederson.
When the Angels responded with four runs in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead, the Dodgers’ offense had more work to do. Pederson went the other way in the sixth inning for a two-run home run, his seventh of the year to give L.A. the lead once again.
They never looked back from there as Edwin Rios then hit a solo home run in the seventh, his eighth in limited at-bats this season. Rios received some help in leaving the ballpark as Angels center fielder Jo Adell almost made an outstanding catch but had the ball go off his glove and over the fence.
Will Smith then got in on the action in the eighth with a solo home run of his own, giving him eight on the year as well. For Rios and Smith it was a second consecutive game in which they hit a homer.
Angels rally late but fall short
Smith’s home run extended the lead to 7-4, although the Angels battled back with two runs off Alex Wood to make it a one-run game in the ninth. That forced Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to go to Adam Kolarek, who came in and got the final two outs to earn the save.
Well before that, Tony Gonsolin battled to get through six innings despite not having his best stuff. He allowed seven hits and four runs, striking out six to pick up his second win.
Dodger Stadium power outage
The night also included the power going out at Dodger Stadium, leading to plenty of laughs and a 25-minute delay. “That was spooky,” Gonsolin said.
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