ANAHEIM, Calif. – Instead of staying in a nearby hotel, the Los Angeles Dodgers are driving the 32 miles back and forth to Angel Stadium for the Freeway Series this weekend in another concession to the coronavirus-shortened season.
Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger kept the Dodgers in the driver’s seat in the series opener of this rivalry between two franchises currently motoring in opposite directions.
Kershaw allowed one hit over seven brilliant innings and Bellinger hit a pair of two-run homers in the Dodgers' 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Justin Turner had two hits and drove in a run as the surging Dodgers opened this star-studded annual interleague series with their first win over the slumping Angels since 2018. The Dodgers (14-7) also moved back into sole possession of first place in the NL West with their third straight victory.
“I think three games in a row, a lot of good things (have happened),” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “For me, it was the little things. ... It was a really well-played baseball game.”
Anthony Rendon homered in his fourth consecutive game for the Angels. Rendon also drew two walks from Kershaw (2-1), but he was the only Angels hitter to reach base against the Dodgers’ longtime ace.
“I’ll get Rendon out one of these days, I guess,” said Kershaw, who gave up back-to-back homers to Rendon and Juan Soto to tie the decisive Game 5 of the Washington Nationals' NL division series victory over the powerhouse Dodgers last fall. “Other than that, it was a good night.”
Kershaw struck out six and improved to 7-2 in his career against the Angels while decreasing his interleague ERA to 2.23 — the lowest in major league history among pitchers with at least 15 starts.