Chris Taylor scored on Max Muncy's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Saturday night for their season-high fourth consecutive victory.
Mookie Betts hit a tying homer in the seventh and drove in three runs for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who also got three RBIs from Muncy while improving to 9-2 on the road this season.
Mike Trout homered and drove in three runs for the Angels, who have lost three straight and six of eight after dropping the first two in the Freeway Series.
The Dodgers went ahead in the 10th without a hit. Taylor started on second, stole third and scored easily on Muncy's fly to right off Keynan Middleton (0-1), who retired all three of his batters.
Jake McGee (2-0) got five outs, and Kenley Jansen pitched the 10th for his sixth save. Jansen ended his second save of the series by throwing three straight high strikes past Trout, who never swung.
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These Southern California rivals' season-long trajectories continued for another day, with the Angels spiraling to another defeat despite another landmark homer from Trout.
The three-time AL MVP took a share of the major league lead with his ninth homer in 17 games this season, a two-run shot in the first inning. He has a whopping eight homers in 11 games in August since he became a father for the first time.
After Trout's early homer, Betts tied it with a bases-loaded single in the second. This Freeway Series is the first since Betts agreed to a 12-year, $365 million contract extension stretching through 2032 that will keep him in this rivalry even longer than Trout's current contract, a 12-year, $426.5 million deal through 2030.
Betts’ homer was his eighth of the season and his fourth in three games. He has 11 RBIs in his last seven games as he heats up along with his new team.
Muncy put the Dodgers up 4-2 in the third with a two-out single past Anthony Rendon at third.
Rendon answered with a ground-rule RBI double moments later. The new third baseman's four-game homer streak ended, but he has driven in six runs in five games.
Right after Tommy La Stella tied it in the fifth with an RBI single, the Angels reclaimed the lead when Trout's grounder brought home David Fletcher, who had extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.
Walker Buehler remained winless in four starts this season, yielding six hits and four earned runs while failing to get out of the fifth inning in his Angel Stadium debut. The right-hander left trailing 5-4, keeping him winless in two career starts against the Halos.
Andrew Heaney pitched 5 2-3 innings of five-hit ball for the Angels, walking four and striking out six. He was in position to win when the Angels escaped the sixth with a lead, but Betts homered off Félix Peña leading off the seventh.
Dodgers: C Will Smith went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Aug. 13 with neck inflammation stemming from an injury incurred against San Diego last week. The club recalled 22-year-old catcher Keibert Ruiz to back up Austin Barnes. Ruiz, an elite prospect who reported late to summer camp, has yet to play in the majors.
Angels: C Jason Castro has a stiff neck, and the club recalled C Anthony Bemboom from their alternate training site.
Julio Teherán (0-1, 13.50 ERA) makes his third start for his new team and attempts to beat the Dodgers for the first time in eight career starts. The Dodgers counter with 22-year-old Dustin May (1-1, 2.75 ERA), who faces the Halos for the first time.