05/09 19:59 CDT Walsh's 2-run double propels Angels to 2-1 win over Dodgers
Walsh's 2-run double propels Angels to 2-1 win over Dodgers
By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) --- Jared Walsh hit a two-run double in the third inning
and the Los Angeles Angels held on for a 2-1 victory Sunday over the slumping
Los Angeles Dodgers.
After the Dodgers struck first in the third on Chris Taylor's two-out RBI
single, the Angels responded in the home half when Walsh lined a bases-loaded,
ground-rule double down the right-field line off Trevor Bauer (3-2).
"I was just looking for a pitch in the strike zone and anything to put a barrel
on. He has so many weapons," said Walsh, who is tied for fourth in the AL with
27 RBIs and seventh in batting average (.325).
The Dodgers were held to three hits but had plenty of baserunners after drawing
nine walks from six Angels pitchers. The defending World Series champions left
12 on base and were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
The Dodgers had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth after
Mookie Betts walked and Corey Seager singled. Raisel Iglesias retired Justin
Turner on a line drive to right field and Will Smith on a grounder for his
"We got a lot of guys on base. We didn't get the hits in key situations,"
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "They got the big hit with two outs."
Aaron Slegers (2-0) followed starter Jos Quintana and worked 1 1/3 hitless
The Freeway Series finale featured less offense than the previous night, when
the Dodgers won 14-11. The 25 runs were the most in a major league game this
Sunday's win allowed the Angels to take two of three and cap an eventful,
up-and-down homestand. Los Angeles was swept in four games by Tampa Bay, and
cut superstar first baseman Albert Pujols on Thursday.
"Momentum is very tenuous. We have to pitch well to win," manager Joe Maddon
said. "So if we pitch well tomorrow, we have a chance to maintain momentum. And
if we don't, it's going to be difficult."
The Dodgers have dropped five straight series and split one after taking two of
three from San Diego from April 16-18. They started the season 13-3 but find
themselves just 18-17 after dropping 14 of 19.
This is the first time since late in the 2017 season that Roberts' club has
dropped five straight series.
"I hate losing. I want to win, that's why I came here," Bauer said. "You can
say it's early and no need to panic, but we're not going to sleepwalk our way
to winning another division title and going to the World Series again. We have
to go out and beat someone."
Quintana made it to the fifth inning for only the second time in six starts,
but it wasn't pretty.
The left-hander allowed one run on two hits with six strikeouts, but walked
five. He loaded the bases on three walks in the first but got out of the jam
when Taylor lined out to left.
SOLID SIX FOR BAUER
Bauer went six innings and tied a season high with 113 pitches, including 70
strikes. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner retired the last 10 batters he
faced after Walsh's double.
The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits with two walks. He struck out
nine to take over the NL lead with 67.
Dodgers: LF AJ Pollock was out of the lineup for the second straight game after
straining his left hamstring Friday. Roberts said Pollock will receive more
treatment during Monday's off day before the team decides whether to place him
on the injured list. ... RHP Brusdar Graterol (forearm tightness) threw on flat
ground from 90 feet before the game. Roberts said the Dodgers hope he can
return to throwing off the mound in a couple of days.
Angels: SS Jose Iglesias was not in the lineup after leaving Saturday's game
due to a back injury. ... LHP Tony Watson was reinstated from the injured list
after a 10-day stint due to a left calf strain. ... RHP Alex Cobb (right middle
finger blister) said he hopes to return to the starting rotation during next
weekend's series at Boston. ... Flix Pea was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake
after allowing seven runs over 1 2/3 innings in two appearances. Jos Suarez
was called up.
Dodgers: Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.13 ERA) gets the call to open a nine-game
homestand Tuesday against Seattle. The right-hander has gone at least six
innings in each of his six starts.
Angels: Hit the road for six games beginning Monday against Houston. The
starting pitcher had not been announced.
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