Kole Calhoun’s 10th inning home run lifts Angels over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kole Calhoun is making himself right at home at Dodger Stadium, blasting three homers in two games of the Freeway Series.

Calhoun homered on his first pitch from All-Star closer Kenley Jansen in the 10th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday night after the Angels blew two leads.

”It’s fun to watch,” Angels starter Andrew Heaney said. ”This is the Kole we all know and that’s what we expect from him.”

Calhoun homered twice in a 3-2 loss on Friday. He is hitting .343 with four homers and four RBIs in 11 career games at Chavez Ravine.

”I’m just getting some pitches to hit and putting some good swings on them right now,” he said.

Four of the Angels’ five games against the Dodgers this season have been decided by one run. The Angels lead the season series 3-2.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia equaled fellow catcher-turned-manager Ralph Houk for 18th on the career victories list with his 1,619th.

Calhoun’s ninth homer went over the right-field wall with two outs against Jansen (0-3).

”What could I do, man?” Jansen said. ”Sometimes you’re going to get beat and I got beat on this one. I tried to go up and in on him. I guess it just didn’t go too much in. It’s painful, but you can’t let that beat you.”

The Angels led 3-0 in the second and 4-3 in the seventh before the Dodgers rallied twice to tie the game.

The Dodgers put the potential tying run on in the bottom of the 10th when Andrew Toles doubled to deep left. Justin Upton collided with the wall trying to make the catch and the trainer came out to check on him, although he stayed in the game.

”I had to turn my back on the ball. When I went to find the ball again I couldn’t quite find it,” Upton said. ”That point when I found it, at the last second, I tried to turn and catch it and I just didn’t know where it was.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expected Toles to go to third, but Toles said he couldn’t see where the ball went.

”I didn’t want to do nothing risky,” Toles said. ”I’m not going to be that dude because you can ruin a rally.”

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Toles did take third on a passed ball but pinch-hitter Chase Utley flied out to center and Yasmani Grandal struck out swinging against Jose Alvarez (4-3) to end the game.

The Dodgers tied it 4-all in the ninth when Grandal doubled to deep left off Blake Parker and Utley scored from first on a one-legged slide that narrowly beat the throw to the plate. The Dodgers went on to load the bases, but pinch-hitter Joc Pederson flied out to center.

Upton hit a go-ahead, two-out homer, his 19th, in the seventh to put the Angels back in front 4-3. He went 2 for 4 with two strikeouts and a walk, drove in two other runs and scored a run.

Angels All-Star Mike Trout was limited to a single in four at-bats with a walk and a strikeout.

The Dodgers had threatened in the eighth when they got the potential tying and go-ahead runs on. All-Star Matt Kemp singled leading off and took second on Parker’s wild pitch. After striking out Max Muncy, Parker walked Pederson and struck out Cody Bellinger. Toles flied out to left-center, although Upton and Trout nearly collided before Upton made the catch.

Chris Taylor tied the game 3-all in the fifth with a leadoff homer, giving the Dodgers 127 home runs, which leads the National League. They are two shy of tying the team record for most homers before the All-Star break set in 2000.

The Angels led 3-0 on Upton’s RBI single in the first and a pair of runs in the second.

Dodgers starter Alex Wood allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings of his team-high 19th start.


Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (strained right adductor) remains day-to-day although he was available to pinch-hit. With the All-Star break, he is unlikely to need to go on the DL. … RHP Pedro Baez (right biceps tendinitis) is expected to be the first reliever back after the break, followed by LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder strain) and RHP Josh Fields (right shoulder inflammation). … LHP Julio Urias (left shoulder surgery rehab) has thrown two simulated games and is being pointed toward a starting spot.


Dodgers starter Rich Hill pitched one hitless inning of relief, striking out two and walking two. It was the left-hander’s first regular-season relief appearance since Sept. 23, 2014, when he was with the Yankees against the Orioles. Roberts said the outing was just to keep Hill sharp since he will start one of the Dodgers’ three games at Milwaukee after the All-Star break.


On their dad’s bobblehead day, Cali and Charley Kershaw handled first pitch duties for the second straight year. At first, 3-year-old Cali was reluctant to take the field, clinging to dad Clayton Kershaw’s leg as he carried her brother. But with some encouragement from mom Ellen, she went to the grass in front of the mound. Cali displayed an unusual arm motion, but made a solid toss to her dad before 19-month-old Charley had his turn. Wearing his dad’s No. 22 jersey, Charley later played with a bat and ball. Coached by her dad, Cali took the mic to inform the crowd, ”It’s time for Dodger baseball!”


The Angels announced that right-hander Deck McGuire (0-1, 7.11 ERA would start Sunday’s series finale. Clayton Kershaw (3-4, 2.61) makes his fifth start since coming off the disabled list for the Dodgers. He is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in the four starts since his return. The left-hander has 17 strikeouts and two walks in 20 innings since June 23.