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Rich Hill Defeats Former Team as Dodgers Hold on to Beat A's, 4-2

Rich Hill pitched into the sixth to beat his former club for the first time, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Athletics 4-2 on Tuesday night to snap Oakland's six-game winning streak.

There's nothing quite like competing against your former team. 

Rich Hill pitched into the sixth to beat his former club for the first time, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Athletics 4-2 on Tuesday night to snap Oakland's six-game winning streak.

Hill (5-4) allowed two runs, three hits and four walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings. He is 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in eight road starts.

"I can pitch better. That's what I think," said Hill after the game. "I just thought I could have been a little bit more efficient. Back to the Chapman at-bat and KD [Khris Davis] at-bat. It's one of those games where for me, I should have went deeper in the game. It didn't work out that way, and the bullpen did a heck of a job."

The left-hander hadn't defeated the A's previously in five appearances and one start. He won nine games for Oakland in 2016 before being dealt to the Dodgers.

Khris Davis hit a two-run homer in the sixth — his 32nd — to get the A's back in it and chase Hill. But the Dodgers put up a key insurance run on Matt Kemp's RBI single in the seventh that followed a leadoff double by pinch-hitter Joc Pederson.


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"Oh man, it's been a little rough the past two weeks," Kemp told SportsNetLA afterthe game. "I've been grinding. We needed that run and I'm just glad it happened in that moment and hopefully good things are to come."

No late-inning magic or dramatic finish for the home team this time. 

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead against Sean Manaea (10-8) in the first on Enrique Hernandez's RBI groundout. Los Angeles added a run on Austin Barnes' second-inning sacrifice bunt then Cody Bellinger's RBI single in the third.

Kenley Jansen closed it out with a pair of strikeouts in a perfect ninth for his 32nd save.

Oakland had an eight-game home winning streak end. The A's six-game winning streak matched their season high.

Manaea didn't make it through the third.

Trying to win consecutive outings for the first time since a three-start winning streak from June 16-28, he was done after allowing three runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings on 77 pitches.

A's starting pitchers had been 5-0 with a 0.73 ERA during the homestand as Oakland didn't allow an earned run in a three-game weekend sweep of the Tigers.


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Dodgers: SS Corey Seager had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip now that he is well into his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery that limited him to just 26 games this season. The 24-year-old Seager is expected to be at full strength for the start of spring training. ... Matt Kemp, dealing with a bruised left ankle, returned to the lineup as designated hitter after sitting out Sunday against the Astros. ... RF Yasiel Puig also was back after missing Sunday with right oblique soreness.

Athletics: LF Chad Pinder came off the disabled list and batted eighth. He had been out since July 28 with a laceration on his left elbow. ... Oakland optioned RHPs Ryan Dull and J.B. Wendelken and infielder Franklin Barreto to Triple-A Nashville, clearing room for the additions of new right-handers Shawn Kelley and Mike Fiers who came in trades over recent days. Kelley made his A's debut in the sixth and recorded two outs with a walk.


Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 2.55 ERA), who made the rounds pregame signing autographs with lots of Dodger Blue in the Coliseum crowd, has never posted a decision in three previous starts vs. Oakland but owns a 0.87 ERA. He faces the A's for the first time since Aug. 18, 2015.

Athletics: RHP Fiers makes his A's debut after being traded Monday by the Tigers. Fiers is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA this season and 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA over his last seven starts.

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