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    Kike’ Hernandez's home run broke a 3-3 tie and provided the winning run for the Dodgers, who reach the All-Star break in first place in the NL West.


    • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez hits a sacrifice fly to score Andrew Toles during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Deck McGuire tosses the ball to get Los Angeles Dodgers Max Muncy out at first base during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

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    • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw yells after walking Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, runs after hitting an RBI single driving in Dodgers Chris Taylor to score against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw leads off second base against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, right, hits an RBI-single to drive in Chris Taylor as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, left, looks on during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Dodgers Andrew Toles scores in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado on a sacrifice fly ball hit by Dodgers Enrique Hernandez during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Angels Jefry Marte breaks his bat over his leg after striking out on a full count pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, not pictured to end the top of the first inning of a baseball game leaving the bases loaded Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Taylor, left, scores past Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, right, on a single hit by Clayton Kershaw during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Angels Jefry Marte, right, breaks his bat over his leg after striking out on a full-count pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw in front of Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, to end the top of the first inning of a baseball game leaving the bases loaded Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani reacts after striking out on a pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, walks back to the dugout after striking out on a pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen in front of Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, right, and Matt Kemp, left, celebrate after they defeated the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, center, Joc Pederson, left, and Andrew Toles, right, celebrate after they defeated the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andrew Toles, right, hits a RBI single in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, left, to score Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 5-3. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal, right, hits a single in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

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    LOS ANGELES – Kike’ Hernandez’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a tie and the Dodgers went on to beat the Angels 5-3 Sunday afternoon in the final meeting of this year’s Freeway Series.

    The two Southern California neighbors split the six games. Each team won two of three on its home field.

    Coupled with a loss by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the win also moved the Dodgers back into first place in the National League West. They will take this half-game lead into the All-Star break, having bounced back from 10 games under .500 (16-26) in mid-May to 10 games over (53-43) at the break. It is the second-best record at the break for a team that dipped 10 games under .500 in the first half since 1933 (just behind the 1955 Boston Red Sox).

    The Angels reach the break 49-48, their faint wild-card hopes fading by the day.

    The Dodgers took an early 3-0 lead Sunday, getting a solo home run from Yasmani Grandal and three singles – including an RBI single by Clayton Kershaw – in the second inning.

    On the mound, Kershaw had an excellent outing – by one measure. He was burned by only one mistake, a first-pitch fastball to Jefry Marte in the fourth inning. Marte launched it over the wall in center field for a three-run home run.

    But more accurately, it was a hard day’s work for Kershaw. He had runners on base in five of his seven innings, allowed six hits, walked four and even hit a batter. He struck Marte out with the bases loaded to end a 29-pitch first inning, stranded Andrelton Simmons at third in the fifth inning and picked off a runner (the opposing pitcher) in the fourth.

    He did strike out eight, his highest total since April 15, and Marte’s home run was the first Kershaw had allowed in 28 innings since his first trip to the DL in May. But the dominant performances Kershaw used to spin out every fifth day have yet to return.

    His day ended with a six-pitch walk of Mike Trout with two outs and a runner on in the seventh inning during which Kershaw wore his frustrations on his sleeve. The at-bat featured a jumping spin and pirouette when he didn’t get one call, a hunched over guttural scream after missing with ball four and another muffled scream into his glove as he reached the dugout.

    The 6 2/3 innings and 108 pitches were Kershaw’s most since April, before his back-to-back DL trips in May and June.

    The starter-starved Angels rolled out four pitchers, trying to piece together another bullpen game with Deck McGuire in the lead position. It worked well enough until Taylor Cole left a fat slider over the plate to Hernandez in the seventh.

    The Dodgers added another run in the bottom of the eighth on consecutive two-out singles by Cody Bellinger, Grandal and Andrew Toles before Kenley Jansen closed it out in the ninth.

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    Published on 15 Jul 2018 at 04:33PM

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