Mat Latos made his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of the three-game Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While it was Latos who had difficulty traveling from Miami to Los Angeles, and admitted to being jet lagged, the Dodgers’ offense was lethargic for much of the afternoon.
Howie Kendrick hit a two-run home run in the third inning, then the Dodgers clung to their lead after seeing it cut in half in the sixth. The Angels tied the game in the eighth, though that didn’t last long as Andre Ethier’s first hit of the day was a solo home run to dead center that put Los Angeles back in front.
The home run was the first Angels reliever Joe Smith allowed this season. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Pedro Baez replaced J.P. Howell in the ninth with two outs and a runner on second base and saw his first pitch smacked off the center field fence for a game-tying RBI double.
With the the game went in 10th inning and a runner on first base, Ethier pulled a pitch for a walk-off, two-run home run that just cleared the fence to land in the visitors bullpen. The walk-off home run was the sixth of Ethier’s career (first since May 2010) and he also had his 12th multi-home run game.