ANAHEIM, California (AP) – Kole Calhoun had a homer and two doubles before pitching Cody Bellinger to end the victory of Los Angeles Angels' 5-4 Freeway Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Mike Trout hit a 454-foot tie-breaking homer and also made a perfect 260-foot pitch to get Max Muncy on the plate earlier, but the Angels needed another huge defensive game to secure their eighth victory in 11 games .
The Dodgers faced Angel's closer Hansel Robles in the ninth and tied the lead at 5-4 after Justin Turner walked, moved on Bellinger's double and scored on the sacrifice fly by Muncy.
Pinch-hitter Enrique Hernandez then singled to the right, but Bellinger did not come close to beating Calhoun & # 39; s accurate throw to the plate. Robles earned his 15th save despite allowing his first point since June 23, and only his second since May.
Shohei Ohtani had a pinch-hit RBI-single in the second inning when the Angels followed a two-game sweep from powerhouse Dodgers in Anaheim last month with another 35-mile win over the I-5 highway.
The Angels (53-49) are four games above .500 for the second time since June 2018.
Corey Seager had two hits for the NL West-leading Dodgers, whose three-game winning streak ended with only their 13th loss in 53 home games this season.
While fellow LA superstar Bellinger beat 2 for 5, Trout showed his daily brilliance to the fans of his local rivals with two more spectacular plays.
After Muncy reached on an error and headed home to Seager's single to center in the second inning, Trout released a pitch that hit the glove of catcher Dustin Garneau, allowing him to tag Muncy with whiskers.
Trout then placed his 33rd homer of the season – and 11th in 13 games – far beyond the left field in the fifth inning. The two-time AL MVP homered for the 10th time in its career in three consecutive games.
Kenta Maeda (7-7) struckout seven and threw four hits in the fifth inning for the Dodgers, but Ohtani and Trout both hit him for major hits.
Ohtani gave the Angels the lead in the second inning when he drilled pinch-hit for opener Taylor Cole and a two-out single to the right. The impact of Ohtani is limited to pinch-hitting in NL-ballparks because for the time being he only plays as a designated hitter.
Félix Peña (8-3) followed Cole in the same Angels-pitching combination that resulted in a no-hitter two starts ago, but this time Peña only managed to make 3 2/3 innings of a three-hit ball.
The Dodgers grabbed two runs during a rally of three hits and two walks in the sixth. But Pujols and David Fletcher made great defensive actions to end the sixth, and Calhoun hit his 22nd homer for the seventh.
The Dodgers donated $ 40,135 – half of their nocturnal lottery pot – to the Tyler Skaggs Baseball Foundation in honor of the late Angels pitcher. Skaggs' mother, Debbie, attended the competition one day after family and friends gathered in Santa Monica for a memorial service. The angels are 11-6 as they mourn the death of their teammate.
Angels: Ohtani threw in the bullpen before the game. … After surprisingly releasing Matt Harvey despite their serious pitching-depth problems, the Halos have only three starters in their rotation. Left hand Andrew Heaney is still fighting shoulder inflammation and JC Ramirez is still making his comeback of the Tommy John operation. They opted for Sunday's starter, left-handed Dillon Peters, back to the minors in favor of infielder Taylor Ward.
Ross Stripling (4-3, 3.64 ERA) makes his 12th start of the season for the Dodgers in the Freeway Series final against Jaime Barria (3-3, 7.36 ERA), who still has not captured a place in the Angels & # 39; exhausted rotation after being blasted 10 times in Seattle last week.