Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer Wednesday night off Clayton Kershaw, Prince Fielder had a solo shot in the ninth inning, and three relievers held onto a one-run lead over the final 3 2/3 innings as the Texas Rangers edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3.
The Rangers have won three straight against the Dodgers and four of their past five. They have also won six straight games started by Wandy Rodriguez, who allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings to snap the Rangers’ club-record streak of quality starts at 12.
Rougned Odor drove in two runs against Kershaw, who hadn’t lost in June since 2013. The last run was unearned, and the Rangers needed it as the Dodgers broke through against Rodriguez for three runs in the sixth.
Sam Freeman got the final two outs in the sixth, stranding the potential tying run at second, and then worked a 1-2-3 seventh. Tanner Scheppers worked a scoreless eighth, and Fielder add some insurance with an opposite-field shot to start the ninth.
With closer Shawn Tolleson unavailable, Keone Kela got the final three outs for his first career save.
Pitching: The Rangers’ streak of 12 consecutive quality starts ended as Wandy Rodriguez failed to make it out of the sixth, an inning that started with him having allowed no runs. … Left-hander Sam Freeman got two big outs in the sixth, retiring the lefty-hitting Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez with the potential tying run at second base. Freeman also worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning. … Tanner Scheppers got an inning-ending double play after a one-out walk in the eighth. ... Keone Kela picked up his first career save, getting the final three outs on a night that closer Shawn Tolleson was unavailable after pitching on three straight days.
Hitting: Joey Gallo delivered the big blow off Clayton Kershaw, taking the reigning National League Cy Young and MVP winner deep in the third inning for a two-run homer. … Rougned Odor had the other two RBIs, driving in the first run on a fielder’s choice and the fourth on an RBI single after Adam Rosales had reached on a passed ball after a strikeout and moved to second on a balk. ... Prince Fielder homered to start the ninth, an opposite-field shot into the left-field corner on a 3-0 pitch.
Notable: Fielder was a late addition to the starting lineup after Kyle Blanks was scratched with tendinitis in his left and right Achilles tendons. … The attendance for the Rangers’ first game at Dodger Stadium since 2011 was 42,906.
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