Tony Gonsolin Earns 8th Victory, Dodgers Hold On to Defeat Angels 2-0 – Los Angeles

Tony Gonsolin threw 6 1/3 strong innings. Mookie Bets homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Los Angeles Angels, 2-0, in their Freeway Series opener Tuesday night.

He was undefeated with his eighth win, which was the National League’s leading victory. His ERA fell to 1.42. He struck out six, and walked two. In 12 starts, Gonsolin allowed no more than two runs.

In the ninth, the Angels threatened. Mike Trout struck a broken-bat double off Craig Kimbrel with one out. This caused a delay and injured the home plate umpire. Shohei Ohtani then hit a double to centerfield, and Kimbrel walked Matt Duffy in order to load the bases.

Kimbrel struck Jared Walsh out and Max Stassi got Max Stassi on a called three strike for his 12th save. The Angels extended their streak at consecutive scoreless innings to 17 since Sunday. They have dropped 17 out of 19 overall.

After losing to San Francisco, the Dodgers secured their fifth shutout of season. They also avoided their second four-game skid. The slide of the Angels continues with their 10th straight road loss.

It was the first match to feature six active MVPs since 1982. Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger and Freddie Freeman were on the Dodgers’ field. Trout and Ohtani were on the Angels’. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers pitcher, was not present.

However, all that star power was of little use. Ohtani scored the Angels’ first run, scoring a single in the fourth. This extended his streak of hitting to nine. He was thrown out second. Trout singled in ninth. The Angels didn’t advance a runner beyond the first base bis the ninth.

Betts was 0-3 with 2 strikeouts. In the eighth, Andrew Wantz pitched a 0-2 pitch to Betts.

Bellinger and Freeman combined were 0 for 5, with three strikeouts, two walks and three RBI.

Noah Syndergaard, Angels pitcher (4-5), retired his first 10 batters and was then thrown out in a 40-pitch final. He walked three times, including to Justin Turner, with the bases loaded. Freeman was forced in, and he walked. In 4 1/3 innings, the right-hander gave up one run and two hits. He struck out five, and walked three.

MVPs! MVPs! MVPs!

Six MVPs have never been in one game since Sept. 27, 1982 when the California Angels defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1. Vida Blue was there, as well as Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson, Fred Lynn, Don Baylor, Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson.

TRAINER’S ROHROOM

Angels: After reaggravating the injury to his right wrist, 3B Anthony Rendon was forced to leave in the fifth. After missing 12 games due to wrist inflammation, he returned Friday.

Dodgers – RHP Walker Buehler had bone spurs from his right elbow due to right forearm strain. This was not related to the flexor strain which has left him sidelined.

UMPIRE HURT

Nate Tomlinson, the plate umpire, was hit in the face by Trout’s bat in top of the ninth. Tomlinson fell when the bat fragment got between the bars of his helmet. Trout reluctantly ran for first base. As blood trickled down Tomlinson’s face, the game was delayed. He left the field. Behind the plate, Laz Diaz became second base ump.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Reid Detmers (2-3, 3.83 ERA), lost his previous start against the Dodgers in August. In five innings, he gave up seven hits as well as five earned runs.

Dodgers: LHP Tyson Anderson (7-0; 3.07) is 0-3 against the Angels in four career starts with a 13.83 ERA.

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