LOS ANGELES — The clouds trailing the Dodgers and Angels into this Freeway Series didn’t part for either team Tuesday night.
The offensive woes that plagued the Dodgers in San Francisco followed them down the coast, parting only enough for them to squeeze out a 2-0 victory over the Angels at Dodger Stadium.
For the Angels, their 14-game losing streak – and Joe Maddon’s tenure as manager – might be behind them. But they have lost five of the first seven games under new manager Phil Nevin, three of five since the longest losing streak in franchise history.
It took a 114.4 mph bullet through the right side by Shohei Ohtani to give the Angels their only base hit in the first eight innings Tuesday night.
The Dodgers are having their own difficulties building innings lately. So they let Angels starter Noah Syndergaard build one for them to get the game’s first run.
Syndergaard retired the first 10 Dodgers batters in order but walked Freddie Freeman with one out in the fourth. Trea Turner beat out a chopper to third for the Dodgers’ first hit. Two batters later, Syndergaard walked Will Smith to load the bases then Justin Turner to force in a run.
Cody Bellinger struck out to end the inning (on Syndergaard’s 40th pitch of the inning) and the Dodgers had their run while putting just two balls in play, none out of the infield.
An inning later, Chris Taylor led off with a double (after a replay review) – the third time in the past two games he has led off an inning with a double. And for the third time, the Dodgers could not drive him in.
Taylor stole third then watched from there as Gavin Lux grounded to a drawn-in infield and Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman struck out.
With that strikeout (his second of the game), Betts was just 2 for his last 34. He put an end to that with a solo home run in the eighth inning — his first extra-base hit since June 4 and first home run since June 1.
Even with that, the Dodgers ended the night with just six runs over their past four games. They were hitless with runners in scoring position for the third time in those four games and are 0 for their last 19 with RISP — just 2 for their past 24 with any runner on any base.
But one run would have been enough thanks to the work of Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin and three relievers.
Gonsolin retired a batter in the seventh inning of a start for the first time since Sept. 2020, holding the Angels to just one hit – Ohtani’s scorched single in the fourth inning – in his 6 ⅓ innings. The latest gem from Gonsolin dropped his league-leading ERA to 1.42.
The Angels got their second hit of the game when Mike Trout blooped a single into center field with one out in the ninth off Dodgers closer Craig Kimbrel. His broken bat spun back and hit home-plate umpire Nate Tomlinson in the face, knocking him from the game.
After a delay for the umpiring crew to replace Tomlinson, Ohtani doubled Trout to third, putting the tying runs in scoring position. A walk loaded the bases before Kimbrel struck out Jared Walsh and Max Stassi to end the game.
Along the way, Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon left after four innings having aggravated the right wrist injury that kept him on the Injured List for 12 games before Friday.