May 27, 2013

In the first of four consecutive games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Dodgers overcame a five-run deficit to defeat their Southern California rivals, 8-7.

The Dodgers struggled in the Freeway Series recently and looked as if they were going to drop the first game at Dodger Stadium before they rallied and stole a win. Starting pitcher Zack Greinke had a day to forget, lasting just four innings while giving up six total runs and 10 hits. His season ERA ballooned to 4.38 as he was unable to shut down his former team.

The Angels led 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth, but the Dodgers scored a run to cut the deficit to four. The Dodgers did their damage in the bottom of the fifth when they scored four runs to chase Angels’ starter C.J. Wilson. Back-to-back singles from Luis Cruz and Juan Uribe gave the Dodgers two runners on. A Nick Punto groundout advanced the runners and Mark Ellis delivered a two-run double down the left field line. Adrian Gonzalez then hit an RBI single and was driven in on a Scott Van Slyke double.

The Dodgers would take their first lead on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Ellis in the bottom of the sixth; however, the Angels tied the game in the top of the seventh off reliever Javy Guerra. In the bottom the seventh, Gonzalez singled, Andre Ethier walked and Jerry Hairston, Jr. hit a game-winning RBI single to right field.

Relievers Kenley Jansen and Brandon League threw scoreless innings to preserve the Dodgers’ 8-7 victory. Gonzalez finished the night 4-4 with four runs scored to lead the offense. The Dodgers overcame three errors on defense to improve their record to 21-28 and gave them their most significant comeback victory of the season.

The Dodgers took the first game of the series and gave them some momentum on offense.

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