LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers lost three streaks Monday night against the Angels. The very next day, however, they started them back up again.
Center fielder Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to help the Los Angeles Dodgers even the Freeway Series on Tuesday night with a 4-0 shutout over the L.A. Angels.
On Monday, the Angels broke the Dodgers’ 10-game overall winning streak, their 11-game home winning streak, and 17-game home run streak.
The game was scoreless for 6 innings when the Dodgers started to gain momentum. Second baseman Chase Utley hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth, and Logan Forsythe walked.
Utley advanced to third on a flyout from left fielder Chris Taylor, and the Angels replayed starting pitcher Jesse Chavez with Jose Alvarez before first baseman Cody Bellinger’s third plate appearance.
On Alvarez’s second pitch, Bellinger drove Utley in with an RBI single to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Center fielder Joc Pederson blasted a three-run homer to center field and gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.
“It was a big hit,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Pederson’s home run. Bellinger called Pederson’s bomb “awesome.”
Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda threw seven innings and gave up four hits. He delivered 92 pitches with 64 strikes while striking out six batters.
“There was nothing that really stood out,” Maeda said of what worked well for him Tuesday night. “My pitches were working pretty well today. I think we communicated with (catcher Austin) Barnes pretty well in terms of how to attack the hitters and making sure that I execute the pitches that we planned for.”
The Angels threatened in the top of the fourth, staritng with center fielder Eric Young Jr., hitting his second leadoff single of the game. The Angels got runners on first and second base with one out, but the Dodgers got out of the jam with a Maeda strikeout and a throw to first.
In the top of the fifth inning, Angels catcher Martin Maldonado hit a bullet to Dodgers shortstop Kike Hernandez, who dove to his knees to field the ball.
In one fluid motion, he rifled the ball to Bellinger just in time for the out.
“That was as good as you’re gonna see this year,” Roberts said of the play. “I think that as far as difficulty and athleticism to No. 1 catch the baseball but still have the arm strength to make it over there, very difficult play.”
Angels starter Jesse Chavez (5-8) was pulled in the sixth after working into a jam, and Bellinger greeted reliever Jose Alvarez with an RBI single. Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 56 RBIs.
Chavez was charged with two runs over 5 innings. He didn’t allow a hit until his 12th batter, and that was a miscue by Eric Young Jr., who seemingly lost the ball in center field and let it drop. Chavez allowed two hits, struck out five and walked four.
Outfielder Trayce Thompson was back in the Dodgers’ lineup for the first time since his recent call-up, and he made his mark with a diving catch. He was 0 for 3, but one of those was a flyball to the warning track.
Dodgers: Shortstop Corey Seager missed his fourth consecutive game with a strained right hamstring, despite still being on the active list. Roberts said before the game that Seager is progressing, but has not ruled out backdating a stint on the disabled list. Julio Urias underwent successful surgery on his left anterior capsule on Tuesday. Roberts said the recovery time is between 12 and 14 months. … OF Yasiel Puig (knee, hamstring) had flare-up, so he was given the day off, but was available to come off the bench.
Angels: OF Mike Trout (thumb) hit soft toss and is expected to take live batting practice soon. … LHP Tyler Skaggs (oblique muscle) will be evaluated again Wednesday to see if he can continue on a throwing program.
Dodgers at Angels for Game 3 of the Freeway Series today at 7:07 p.m. Dodgers left-handled pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 4.30 ERA) will face off against Angels right-hander Alex Meyer (3-4, 4.20 ERA).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.