LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers showed plenty of fight Monday night.
The Dodgers clawed their way out of a 6-1 hole by steadily chipping away against lefty C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels’ unpredictable bullpen. It was the Dodgers’ biggest rally of the season and led to an 8-7 win at Dodger Stadium that snapped the Angels' eight-game winning streak.
Jerry Hairston Jr., in his first day back after missing three weeks with a strained groin, singled to drive in Gonzalez in the seventh to give the Dodgers the decisive run. Gonzalez is among the hottest hitters in baseball. He scored four times -- including huffing and puffing all the way from first on Van Slyke’s double off the left-field wall -- and has nine hits in his past 11 at-bats.
The game began at 5:10 p.m., when the Dodgers normally would be taking batting practice. It looked a lot like their body clocks never caught up. Matt Kemp got back on Albert Pujols’ deep line drive, but it clanged off his glove for a charitably-ruled double. Ramon Hernandez allowed a passed ball, then appeared to forget to throw to first base and, by the time he did, he rushed it and threw high to Adrian Gonzalez.
The ball bounced off Gonzalez’s glove, too. That started the Dodgers off in a 2-0 hole, which grew deeper as Zack Greinke struggled for a second straight start, both against teams he played for last season. Greinke allowed six runs on 10 hits and couldn’t get an out in the fifth inning.
The Dodgers these days are largely playing around Kemp, who looks lost in the batter’s box and gets roundly booed every night now. Kemp struck out four more times and has struck out in 13 of his past 23 plate appearances.
The teams combined to hit 11 doubles, a new Dodger Stadium record.