The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t have a hit through the first three innings, then exploded for 13 runs and instead of cruising to a win had to watch their bullpen hang on in a 14-11 win over the L.A. Angels.
Dylan Bundy was sharp early but lost his command in the fourth inning and the Dodgers took full advantage. Mookie Betts drew a leadoff walk and Corey Seager followed with a single to put runners at the corners with nobody out.
Max Muncy added to his recent resurgence with an RBI single to break up the scoreless tie and open the floodgates for the Dodgers. Will Smith added an RBI double and Matt Beaty drove in a pair with a double that also chased Bundy from the game.
An intentional walk of Gavin Lux backfired as Dylan Fletcher was unable to handle a grounder, with the error allowing a run to score. Betts poked a two-run single through the right side of the infield and Seager capped off the eight-run inning with a swinging bunt.
Betts delivered another two-run base hit in the fifth inning, Justin Turner added a run-scoring double and Smith brought in two more with a single. But rather than snap a four-game losing streak with an easy win, the Dodgers allowed the Angels back into the game.
Dennis Santana and Mitch White combined to allow four runs in the sixth inning, and an Austin Barnes’ error with two outs in the seventh led to the Angels scoring 11 more.
That required the Dodgers to use leverage relief pitchers, and Victor Gonzalez and Blake Treinen brought some stability by retiring the side in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Dodgers short with Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw didn’t appear to show any effects from starting on three days’ rest as he was perfect through three innings. The Angels put two on in the fourth but Kershaw worked out of the jam by getting Justin Upton to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Kershaw was lifted after five shutout innings despite an attempt to lobby to remain in the game.
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