Freeway Series: Angels open Freeway Series with 7-6 win over Dodgers

first_imgTrout and Pujols, the Angels’ 3-4 hitters, were a combined 5 for 8, driving in five of their seven runs.With three hits, Pujols rose his batting average to .212. He entered the game hitting .197.The Angels are amid quote the offensive run, scoring 26 runs on their four-game winning streak and 36 over their past five games,The Dodgers’ bats were not exactly quiet either against the Angels’ starter, Matt Shoemaker. Maeda followed up an RBI single from Carl Crawford in second inning with one of his own, helping his own cause.Trayce Thompson, filling in for Yasiel Puig in right field, hit his fifth home of the season in the fourth, all of them coming since April 25, when he hit one 412 feet to left field in the fourth inning. He also had a two-run blast in the eighth for his first multi-home run gave of his career.For Shoemaker, who gave up three runs on six hits over five innings, it was not a brilliant effort, but one of his better outings in recent memories. He had not give up three runs or fewer since April 19.By contrast, the four runs Maeda surrendered were the second most he had given up in a game this season. He was removed after throwing 73 pitches after four innings when Kiké Hernandez came in as a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth.Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was also removed from the game after five innings because of tightness in his lower back.Justin Turner took his place, moving Howie Kendrick from third base to first.Gonzalez was 0 for 3 and struck out twice against the Angels.Fernando Salas earned the save for the Angels, as he took over for Joe Smith, who has filled in as the closer without Huston Street (oblique). Smith had thrown 56 pitches in the last three days. The Angels inflicted most of the damage on Maeda in the top of the third inning.The four runs where the most he had allowed in an inning all season.Angels catcher Carlos Perez led off with a double, as four of the first five batters reached base to score a run and load the bases with one out for Mike Trout.On the first pitch he saw, a 75 mph curve ball that dropped over the middle of the plate, Trout drove it to left field, bringing in a pair of runs to position the Angels ahead, 3-2, at the time.Albert Pujols followed with an RBI single. The first four starts of Kenta Maeda’s major-league career offered history. The right-hander from Japan gave up a combined one run during those appearances. It was the fewest for any starting pitcher since at least 1913 and it seemed to mirror the debut of another rookie from 35 years ago. Fernando Valenzuela gave up only one run in his first five starts.But Maeda’s four starts since have not offered nearly as much. He has allowed a total of 14 runs in that span, including four Monday night at in front of 39,583 at Dodger Stadium, swelling his season ERA to 2.87The Dodgers lost their second straight game, this one to the Angels, 7-6. They had come in having won four straight games over the Angels at Dodger Stadium, one shy of equaling their longest home winning streak in the Freeway Series.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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