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Dodgers hold off Angels, 14-11, in wild game

Jack Harris and Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Baseball

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Some were hit hard, firm line drives and loud fly balls scattered around the park.

Some rolled along the ground, weak contact that kept on finding the right spots.

Once they started, they didn’t stop. Batter after batter. Hit after hit. Run scored after run scored.

During the Dodgers’ 13-run explosion between the fourth and fifth innings Saturday night at Angel Stadium, which proved to be critical in a wacky 14-11 win over the Angels, the lineup didn’t hit a home run. Matt Beaty and Justin Turner produced the only doubles.

Instead, a team that in recent weeks had struggled to string together hits, failed to manufacture runs and sputtered at the plate suddenly snapped back to life.

Eight runs, eight hits and three walks in the fourth. Five runs, four hits and three walks in the fifth.

 

All that was ailing them disappeared. On a night they were in danger of losing a fifth consecutive series, the Dodgers finally started to look like their old selves again.

Another problem that had marked their recent 4-14 skid — a combustible bullpen — reared its ugly head again, nearly blowing the big lead after Clayton Kershaw’s five scoreless innings.

The Angels went on a run of their own, tallying all 11 runs between the sixth and seventh innings — the latter rally aided by a two-out error by catcher Austin Barnes after he was shifted to second base.

But it wouldn’t be enough. The Dodgers had done too much damage.

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