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Dodgers (60-45) sweep cross town rival Angels (55-49) in freeway series

Bust out the brooms.

Over the weekend the NL West leading Dodgers swept the Angels in Los Angeles.

The wins came at a crucial time for the Dodgers to stay two-and-a-half games ahead of the Giants.

 

GAME 1 (Dodgers 5, Angels 3)

 

Zack Greinke got his tenth win after pitching eight innings and giving up two runs.

 

Ex-Angel Howie Kendrick slugged one over the center field wall in the first inning for the first run of the game.

 

After the Angels scored in the fourth the Dodgers retaliated in the bottom half of the inning.

 

With Yasmani Grandal on base, Alex Guerrero stepped up and smashed one over the wall.

Of the three runs scored by the Angels, Mike Trout was responsible for them all.

He homered (32) to score one and batted in the other two.

 

GAME 2 (Dodgers 3, Angels 1)

The Dodgers scored all of their runs in the sixth.

Scott Van Slyke sacrifice flied to score Kendrick and Grandal hit his 15th home run of the season to score Adrian Gonzalez.

Clayton Kershaw (9-6) won, pitching eight innings while giving up two hits and striking out seven.

Kenley Jansen got his second save of the series but gave up a run in the ninth, just like he did the previous game.

With two on and two out, Albert Pujols singled to left field to score David Murphy.

 

GAME 3 (Dodgers 5, Angels 3)

Recently added Dodgers pitcher Mat Latos, previously on the Marlins, got the start.

He pitched six innings, gave up one run and was pulled with his team leading by one run, but he did not get the win.

In the eighth, Calhoun homered off Jim Johnson to tie the score.

Andre Ethier comes up large in the bottom half with a solo home run.

An Angels’ run in the ninth extended the game to extra innings.

Ethier clubbed his second home run of the game in the tenth to right center field for a two run walk off home run.

The sweep puts the Dodgers at a four game winning streak.

The Angels are now four games behind first place Houston and will look to break their six game slump against the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

The Dodgers have the day off Monday before embarking on 13 consecutive games beginning Tuesday.

First the team will fly for three game series against the Phillies and Pirates, then back to Los Angeles for a seven game homestand, three with the Nationals and four with the Reds.

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