The Dodgers bounce the angels; Astros gets the last AL place


ANGELS – Justin Turner Homer twice and AJ Pollock, Will Smith and Edwin Ríos also went deep as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Angels 9-5 on Friday to open the first-ever season-closing Freeway series.The loss mathematically knocked the Angels out of the postseason dispute in Joe Maddon’s first season as manager, and put the Houston Astros last in the AL playoffs.

The Angels ‘longtime hopes rested on the Dodgers’ sweep in the Freeway series and Houston has lost its last three games. The Astros kept the Angels’ optimism wavering when they lost a 5-4 decision to Texas in 10 innings. The Angels were leading 5-3 at the time.

“That’s once I aspire to 162 (games) because they had a real chance to turn it around and push him in the right direction,” Maddon said. “We had a great race. Texas really helped us. We’ve had a nice thing going on, we’ve taken the lead here, we just can’t stand it. ”

Turner hit a solo hit leading to the fifth and Max Muncy single to hunt Andrew Heaney. Smith followed with a two-run start Matt Andriese (2-4) which gave the Dodgers a 6-5 lead. It was the 112th major league-leading home run of the season for the team with the best record in baseball.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts cited the power of each in his roster.

“Especially these last 14, 15 days, we really did our walks and we worked hard,” he said. “I really like the way we do it.”

Corey Seagerdive stop against Mike Trout short saved the potential tie race for the third out in the seventh. The trout came back earlier Clayton Kershaw, just his third career hit the southpaw. Trout is 3 for 18 against him.

“I might have been lucky in the past,” Kershaw said.

The Dodgers’ victory allowed the Astros to finish second to the AL West and advance to all 16 postseason teams. Los Angeles lost to Houston in the 2017 World Series; the Astros sign theft scandal was later revealed.

The angels got circuits from Trout, Justin Upton and Jared Walsh, but blew up three runs in the game. Trout’s three-point record – his 17th this season – gave them a 3-1 lead in the third. Trout’s races were not won after Seager’s ground error. Seager was charged with a second error after dropping a foul ball by Shohei Otani in the ninth.

“I don’t think anybody in our club was going to quit the season, ever quit this team,” said Heaney, “and that’s all you can ask for. ”

Turner’s two-out solo shot landed in the Dodgers’ box on the right, putting them 3-2 in the third. Pollock hit a homerun to fourth to leave them behind 4-3.

Walsh’s home circuit led the fifth, extending the Angels’ lead to 5-3.

Pinch Hitter Pederson game had a single RBI with two strikeouts in the seventh. Ríos had a home run with two strikeouts in the eighth to bring the score to 9-5. Who broke Mike Mayers‘sequence of 14 consecutive scoreless exits.

Brusdar Graterol (1-2) took the win with a relief round, allowing a run and a hit.

Kershaw has tuned in for next week’s NL wild-card series with a poor performance. He gave up four runs – one earned – and eight hits on 78 shots in four innings. He took out three and didn’t work. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner finished the regular season with a 6-2 record and a 2.16 ERA.

“It was a bad night,” Kershaw said. “Nothing was great, but thankful that it was now and not later. I probably won’t think too much about this one.


Angels: 2B Luis Rengifo was replaced by a pinch runner after winning the seventh. Previously he had removed a bad tip from the protector on his lower leg and appeared to be in pain. The angels had no update on him after the game.

Dodgers: Muncy was substituted in the seventh after being stabbed in the wrist during a verified swing.


The game was briefly delayed with a strikeout in the seventh when a fire alarm went off in the outer pavilions, causing white lights to flash – a distraction for batters – and a siren to whine. The players and referees looked at each other until he was stopped.


Turner won the Roy Campanella Award for the third time, the first Dodger to do so.

The uniformed Dodgers staff vote for the player who best embodies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame receiver, a three-time NL MVP who died in 1993. Campanella’s daughter Joni Roan will present the award by video Saturday night.

Turner has been a part of the Los Angeles community since he joined the team seven years ago. From mid-March to June, he and his wife chose a restaurant and ordered around 900,000 meals to be delivered to the Dream Center, which fed more than 12,000 people during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Turner visits hospital patients and supports homeless veterans with a golf tournament.


Anges: RHP Dylan Bundy (6-3, 2.39 ERA) starts the middle game of the series. He has allowed three earned runs or less in nine of 11 starts this season.

Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (1-2, 1.77) makes his first career start against the Angels. He’s 2-0 in five games (three starts) against AL teams with a 2.37 ERA.


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