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Dodgers Highlights: Clayton Kershaw Shoves, Bats Come Alive Late to Beat Angels, End Losing Streak

The Dodgers beat the Angels, 2-0, on Tuesday night, ending their losing streak and getting a much-needed win in the series opener in Anaheim. Clayton Kershaw continued to be his dominant self, as he dueled Reid Detmers, who had a great game of his own.

The Dodgers ultimately got to the Angels bullpen, while the Dodgers bullpen (thankfully) shut things down. The Dodgers are now 40-33 on the year, just 3.5 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who lost on Tuesday.

Let’s get into the highlights.

It was a pitcher’s duel for the first six-plus innings of this one. A couple lefties — Kershaw and Detmers — were on the mound, and they were absolutely dealing.

Through six innings, both pitchers were in the midst of shutouts, in a game that was absolutely flying by.

In the top of the seventh inning, Will Smith led off with a single off Detmers for the Dodgers’ second hit of the game. It seemed like it was finally time for the bats to come alive, but the next three Dodgers were retired in order, and Detmers was through seven scoreless innings.

Then, in the bottom of the seventh inning, Kershaw got into some trouble.

Brandon Drury led off with a single and Hunter Renfroe followed it up with his second double of the game. With runners at second and third and no outs, though, Kershaw got to work.

Kevin Padlo grounded out and Chad Wallach struck out. Then, after a Luis Rengifo walk, Kershaw got Andrew Velazquez to ground out to end the inning. He finished seven scoreless innings and lowered his season ERA to 2.72. He’s just so, so good.

In the top of the eighth inning, the Dodgers offense finally came alive. Miguel Rojas hit a one-out double, bringing up the rookie Michael Busch.

Busch hit an incredible, weird-hopping single that went over the first baseman and gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Then, after a Freddie Freeman single, Smith hit an RBI single, giving the Dodgers a massive 2-0 lead. By the way, make sure to vote Will Smith into the All-Star game. He’s currently second among National League catchers.

Caleb Ferguson came on in the bottom of the eighth inning to face Taylor Ward, Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. Ward flied out, Ohtani struck out swinging and Trout struck out looking.

Then, after a 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning, Evan Phillips came in to get the save.

The Angels were retied in order, and the Dodgers got back in the win column.

Up Next

The Dodgers and Angels play the second and final game of the series on Wednesday with first pitch at 6:38 p.m. PT. The Dodgers haven’t yet named a starter — but it’s likely to be Michael Grove — while Shohei Ohtani is pitching for the Halos.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Associate Staff Writer for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan since he was a kid, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin — but Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are very quickly making a case to be on that list.

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