In his first start with the Los Angeles Dodgers since straining his right calf at the beginning of Spring Training, starter Zack Greinke had a strong start finishing the first inning with a strikeout to Albert Pujols. With Yasiel Puig hitting leadoff, he started the Dodgers off with a single. A sac-bunt and wild pitch moved Puig to third, then Adrian Gonzalez drove the right fielder home with an RBI-single giving the Dodgers the 1-0 lead early on.
In the second, Greinke made it through the next three batters quickly tacking on another scoreless inning and Santiago matched Greinke with a hitless inning as well. Greinke saw a little more trouble during the third giving up a double to Erick Aybar and a throwing error from Justin Turner allowed Aybar to score with two outs making the score even at one. Despite a wild pitch to Mike Trout, the right-hander didn’t allow anymore runs during the inning. Hanley Ramirez responded in the bottom of the third with a solo-HR to regain the lead.
At the top of the fourth, Scott Van Slyke came on for Adrian Gonzalez, who departed after getting hit in the elbow. Greinke came back from a rough third inning getting Pujols and Josh Hamilton out easily. Turner backhanded a David Freese ground ball to get the final out of the inning. Santiago saw some difficulty in the bottom of the fourth finding himself with the bases loaded. Puig drove Andre Ethier home with a sac-fly giving the Dodgers the 3-1 advantage.
In the fifth, Greinke struggled again. Allowing Chris Iannetta and Raul Ibanez to reach second and third respectively, he gave up a line drive to Calhoun which sent Iannetta and Ibanez home. The Angels tied the game up at 3-3. Santiago remained on the mound at the bottom of the fifth and Ramirez went yard once again to leadoff the inning. The Dodgers regained the lead with the score, 4-3.
Miguel Rojas, Chone Figgins and Joc Pederson went in the game for Ramirez, Juan Uribe and Ethier respectively. Greinke lasted through a scoreless sixth only giving up a line drive to Trout. Dee Gordon came in the game to pinch hit for Greinke, and Santiago dealt a quick 1-2-3 inning to close his final inning of the game.
In the seventh, Jose Domiguez replaced Greinke on the mound and after giving up four hits and two runs with just one out, Paco Rodriguez got the call from the bullpen to take over for the right-hander with Aybar and Taylor Lindsey on first and second. Both baserunners went on to steal second and third and a bad throw from Drew Butera allowed both men to score. The Angels stretched their lead to 7-4. Michael Kohn came in for the seventh pitching a quick and scoreless inning.
J.P. Howell came into the game for the eighth giving up only one hit and no runs with one strikeout. Ernesto Frieri replaced Kohn at the bottom of the inning for a quick outing as well. Brian Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth inning and Gordon led off the Dodgers ninth with a triple.
Former Dodger top prospect Trayvon Robinson pulled the Dodgers another run closer with an RBI groundout. Tim Federowicz popped out and Figgins kept things alive with a single to right to bring up Van Slyke, who lined out to second to end the game.
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