Ross Stripling pitched six strong innings and Justin Turner hit a two-run single as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the host Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at Angel Stadium.
Mike Trout led the Angels with his 25th homer of the season, which ranks tied for second in the majors with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and two behind J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox.
Trout went 3-for-4 and raised his batting average to .312.
He had the only three hits allowed by Stripling (7-2), who didn’t walk anyone and allowed just one run, lowering his ERA to 2.22. Stripling, in his third season in the majors, is making a case to be an All-Star.
Meanwhile, Deck McGuire, a recently converted reliever, made his second straight start for the Angels and was effective, pitching three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out six.
The Dodgers did their damage against rookie reliever Taylor Cole (0-1), who made just his fourth major-league appearance. Cole allowed two hits, one walk and two runs in 2 1/3 innings, though he struck out four.
That was enough as the Dodgers evened this weekend’s Freeway Series at one game apiece. The series ends on Sunday.
The Angels have lost 10 of their past 14 games and are in fourth place in the American League West. The Dodgers entered the day in second place in the National League West and have won five of their past six games.
The Dodgers broke open a pitchers’ duel in the fifth inning. Yasiel Puig hit a leadoff single to left and advanced on a walk to Enrique Hernandez. Both runners moved up a base on Joc Pederson’s sacrifice bunt, and Turner lined a two-run single to right.
Trout’s sixth-inning homer, which came on a 92-mph fastball, cut the Angels’ deficit to 2-1. Trout crushed the ball to straight-away center, ending a six-game streak without a homer.
However, the Angels went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position, wasting opportunities in the first, third and seventh innings.
The Dodgers, who got an insurance run with Puig’s 10th homer in the top of the ninth, used five relievers to get the final nine outs — Edward Paredes, Erik Goeddel, Daniel Hudson, Scott Alexander and Kenley Jansen (24 saves).
Jansen atoned for Friday night’s game in which the Angels — down to their last strike — beat him for a 3-2 walk-off win, his first blown save since April 17.
—Field Level Media