While the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to avoid rain Monday night, they were unable to beat the Texas Rangers and looked to avoid a two-game sweep at Globe Like Park on Tuesday night, where it rained in the hours leading up to first pitch. Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson made his 13th start of the season, his second against an American League opponent. He was opposed by 23-year-old Chi Chi Gonzalez, who made his fourth career start.
Joc Pederson swung at the first pitch of the game and flied out to center. After Yasiel Puig grounded out, Adrian Gonzalez hit a line-drive single up the middle. Howie Kendrick then grounded out on the next pitch to end the inning. Gonzalez needed just eight pitches to throw a scoreless first inning.
Anderson followed by retiring the first two hitters in the bottom of the first, but then gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases for Joey Gallo. Anderson was ahead one-two in the count, but walked a run in before getting out of the jam.
Gonzalez had another quick inning in the second, as the Dodgers hitters continued to swing early in the count. The young right-hander this time needed seven pitches to retire the side in order. Anderson followed by also retiring the side in order, thanks to a terrific catch in center field by Pederson on a ball hit deep by Shin-Soo Choo.
The Dodgers again were not able to get to Gonzalez in the third. Pederson reached on a two-out infield single, but Gonzalez’s defense backed him up nicely as Elvis Andrus made a nice play on a ground ball hit by Puig to end the inning.
Andrus then led off the bottom of the third with an infield single, but was quickly erased on a 6-5-3 double play ball off the bat of Prince Fielder. Anderson, who leads the league in groundball outs percentage, then got another groundout to end the third.
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