Clayton Kershaw took the mound Tuesday looking to get the Los Angeles Dodgers a split of the two games at Chavez Ravine and ran into the same early trouble that plagued Zack Greinke on Monday night.
Howie Kendrick began a rally for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a one-out single in second inning. Following a David Freese double that put two runners in scoring position, Chris Iannetta worked a long at-bat that ended in a two-RBI double.
Juan Uribe quickly changed the Dodgers fortunes in the bottom of the second with a three-run home run. A.J. Ellis drew a walk but the Dodgers missed an opportunity to have two runners in scoring position as the catcher slipped rounding second base on what would have been Gordon’s second double of the game.
With two outs in the inning, Ellis was then picked off and as a result, the Dodgers didn’t add to their lead. Mike Trout hit a leadoff double and scored on Albert Pujols’ double to tie the game. Pujols took third on a Josh Hamilton groundout to first base and was later thrown out trying to score on a Howie Kendrick grounder to third.
Uribe came to the plate in the third with two on but struck out to end the inning and the game remained tied at 3-3. Kershaw quieted the Angels bats, including striking out two of the three he faced in sixth inning.
Hector Santiago was letdown by by his defense in the bottom of the sixth and the Dodgers capitalized on it. After reaching on a Freese throwing error, Kemp stole second base and took third on Ianetta’s error. Scott Van Slyke then broke the tie with a sac-fly to deep center.
Jason Grilli was called out of the bullpen and he successfully ended the inning without allowing further damage. Kershaw threw a scoreless seventh inning and exited with the Dodgers leading 4-3.
Brian Wilson took over for the Dodgers in the eighth and gave up a game-tying home run to Pujols. With the game still tied in the ninth, Kenley Jansen entered the game and struck out the side.
Uribe singled in the ninth with one out and advanced to third base on Ellis’ single. Andre Ethier pinch-hit for Jansen and hit a grounder that should have resulted in Uribe being thrown out at home but Iannetta was unable to hold onto the ball and the Dodgers won, 5-4.
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