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Angels lose lead after Calhoun homers twice

Dodgers rally with 2-run 7th to take Freeway Series opener
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ANAHEIM -- It had been a month since Cam Bedrosian had yielded an earned run, but the Dodgers brought that streak to an end on Friday, scoring twice in the seventh inning to rally for a 3-2 win over the Angels in the Freeway Series opener at Dodger Stadium.

The Angels entered the seventh with a 2-1 lead after Kole Calhoun launched a pair of solo home runs off right-hander Walker Buehler, but Bedrosian fell into trouble after surrendering a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe and a double to Joc Pederson, putting runners on second and third with no outs.

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ANAHEIM -- It had been a month since Cam Bedrosian had yielded an earned run, but the Dodgers brought that streak to an end on Friday, scoring twice in the seventh inning to rally for a 3-2 win over the Angels in the Freeway Series opener at Dodger Stadium.

The Angels entered the seventh with a 2-1 lead after Kole Calhoun launched a pair of solo home runs off right-hander Walker Buehler, but Bedrosian fell into trouble after surrendering a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe and a double to Joc Pederson, putting runners on second and third with no outs.

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Max Muncy then tied it with an RBI single to right field. Calhoun fielded the ball and fired home, but his throw sailed over the head of catcher Jose Briceno, allowing Pederson to score the go-ahead run from third.

"With Joc on second, I felt like I had to hurry a little bit, and it turns out he wasn't even going," Calhoun said. "It's just a throw that's got to be down. Just not executed by me."

Video: LAA@LAD: Error, Muncy's hit gives Dodgers lead in 7th

Bedrosian, who entered Friday with a 0.49 ERA in his previous 18 appearances, was charged with the loss after giving up two runs over one-third of an inning. He hadn't allowed an earned run since June 12, a stretch that spanned 12 2/3 innings.

"It looked like he had a little problem with his breaking ball, getting it where he wanted to," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He wasn't that far off, but obviously, he missed some spots with some pitches."

With closer Kenley Jansen unavailable, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts summoned left-hander Scott Alexander to protect his club's one-run lead in the ninth. The Angels made it interesting after pinch-hitter Shohei Ohtani lined a double into the left-center-field gap to put the tying run on second with one out.

Video: LAA@LAD: Ohtani lines a pinch-hit double in the 9th

Briceno kept the uprising alive by beating out a grounder to shortstop to put runners on the corners, but Alexander worked out of the jam by inducing a game-ending 5-4-3 double play from David Fletcher. First baseman Cody Bellinger was forced to come off the bag to snag an errant throw from Forsythe, but he managed to tag Fletcher for the final out.

"Of the options we had, we were comfortable putting Shohei up in that situation," Scioscia said. "We just scratched together, but they made a nice play to end the game."

Video: LAA@LAD: Muncy starts DP to help Alexander earn save

Calhoun accounted for both of the Angels' runs with the fourth multi-homer game of his career, but rest of the lineup struggled to capitalize on several opportunities and finished 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Right-hander Felix Pena, a converted reliever, gave up one run on three hits over four innings in his fifth start of the season. He walked three, struck out five and threw 74 pitches. Pena warmed up to start the fifth inning, but Scioscia decided to replace him with left-hander Jose Alvarez after the Dodgers sent up lefty bat Chase Utley to pinch-hit for Buehler.

Muncy, who is set to participate in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday at Nationals Park, put the Dodgers on the board in the first inning by blasting a 3-2 fastball from Pena to right-center field for his 22nd home run of the season. The Dodgers continued to threaten after Kemp walked, Cody Bellinger doubled and Yasmani Grandal walked to load the bases with one out, but Pena escaped further damage by inducing a 4-6-3 double play from Chris Taylor to end the inning.

The Angels put runners on the corners with one out in the first inning after Andrelton Simmons and Mike Trout strung together back-to-back singles, but Buehler extricated himself from the jam by striking out Justin Upton and Luis Valbuena.

In the third, Buehler misplaced a fastball to Calhoun, who deposited it 433 feet over the center-field fence to tie the game at 1. Two innings later, Calhoun tagged Buehler for another home run, blasting a changeup to left-center field to put the Angels ahead, 2-1. Calhoun is now batting .276 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs since returning from the disabled list on June 18. He had been batting just .145 prior to the injury.

"I got a couple pitches to drive and put some good swings on them," Calhoun said. "Fortunately enough, they left the yard. It's been good since coming off the DL, and hopefully I just continue to go that way. It's nice to get in there and go and compete and help this ballclub."

SOUND SMART
Ohtani is now 6-for-36 (.167) with two doubles against left-handed pitchers this year.

UP NEXT
Left-hander Andrew Heaney (5-6, 3.84 ERA) will make his final start before the All-Star break on Saturday as the Angels play the second of three Freeway Series games against the Dodgers at 4:15 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium. He'll be opposed by lefty Alex Wood (5-5, 3.88 ERA). Heaney earned the win in his last start against the Dodgers on Sunday after giving up three runs over seven innings at Angel Stadium. He is seeking his first road win since Sept. 2, 2015 at Oakland.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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