Hernandez hits Dodgers' 129th homer in 5-3 win over Angels

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw has returned to form since coming off the disabled list and the Los Angeles Dodgers are leading the NL West after a disappointing start to the season.

They can't wait for the second half.

''Now it's kind of a sprint to the finish,'' Kershaw said. ''We like where we're at.''

The Dodgers (53-43) closed the first half by rallying for a 5-3 win over the Angels on Sunday and head into the All-Star break leading Arizona by a half-game.

''We're playing a little bit more now what we are. I don't think we're a 16-26 ballclub,'' Kershaw said, referring to the Dodgers' start. ''Good for us to right the ship that quickly. Thankfully, Arizona was kind of in a tough spot at that time too, so didn't lose much ground.''

Yasmani Grandal homered and Enrique Hernandez hit a solo shot on his first pitch in the seventh inning for the go-ahead run to help the Dodgers gain a split in the Freeway Series.

Each team won three games in the season series, with four decided by one run.

The Dodgers ended the first half with a National League-leading 129 homers, tying their record for the most homers before the All-Star break set in 2000. All-Star Max Muncy leads the team with 22.

''We still got a whole second half, which is the one that counts,'' said Grandal, who went 3-for-3.

The Angels continue heading in the opposite direction. They fell to 49-48 and are 14 games behind the AL West-leading Astros.

All-Star Kenley Jansen retired the side with one strikeout in the ninth for his NL lead-tying 27th save a day after serving up a 10th-inning homer to Kole Calhoun in the Dodgers' 5-4 loss.

The Angels' Jefry Marte blasted a three-run homer on his first pitch from Kershaw to tie the game 3-all in the fourth. Justin Upton led off with an infield single to Kershaw and Ian Kinsler followed with a single to set up Marte's fourth homer of the season and snap an 0-for-17 skid.

The Dodgers led 3-0 in the second. Grandal homered, Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Kershaw helped himself with a two-out RBI single.

Kershaw didn't figure in the decision, allowing three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings of his fifth start since coming off the disabled list. He struck out eight and walked four on 108 pitches, the most he's thrown since working under restrictions in his first four outings back.

''Clayton's one of the best,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''Even when at times it looks like he's a bit on the edge he finds a way to get outs.''

Kershaw escaped a bases-loaded jam in a 29-pitch first. He retired seven in a row before the Angels got to him in the fourth.

''Frustrating you can't protect a lead like that,'' Kershaw said.

Kershaw gave up a two-out walk to All-Star Mike Trout in the seventh and was replaced by Kenta Maeda (7-5), who got out of a bases-loaded situation by striking out Kinsler.

Maeda had one strikeout in one-third of an inning.

Taylor Cole (0-2) took the loss, allowing one run and three hits in two innings. He struck out one.

Trout was 2 for 10 in the three-game series. He walked twice Sunday, extending his franchise record for walks in the first half to 84.

Angels starter Deck McGuire gave up three runs and four hits in three innings. He struck out two and walked two.

SNAP OF THE BAT

Marte and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers snapped their bats in two over their knees in frustration after striking out to end the first and fifth innings, respectively.

UP NEXT

Angels: Resume play on Friday with a three-game series in Anaheim against the World Series champion Astros.

Dodgers: Open the second half Friday at Milwaukee to begin a 10-game trip. LHP Clayton Kershaw and LHP Rich Hill are slated to start sometime in the three-game series against the Brewers.

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  • W: K. Maeda (7-5)L: T. Cole (0-2)S: K. Jansen (27)
  • HR: LAA - J. Marte (4), LAD - Y. Grandal (13), E. Hernandez (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Simmons SS50100012.313.371.443.8141.5
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J. Upton LF31100023.251.344.444.7882.0
I. Kinsler 2B31100113.219.280.367.6472.5
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M. Maldonado C30000001.234.297.349.6461.0
D. McGuire P20000011.333.333.333.667-0.5
N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Valbuena 1B00000100.204.250.344.5941.0
b- S. Ohtani PH10000010.283.365.522.887-0.5
  • a-struck out for Cole in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Valbuena in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF20000100.247.333.515.8481.0
M. Muncy 3B40000012.271.409.6041.013-0.5
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C. Taylor SS41100022.253.332.454.7861.0
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S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Maeda in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Fletcher (3), A. Simmons (20)
  • HR - J. Marte (4)
  • SH - D. Fletcher
  • RBI - J. Marte 3 (13)
BATTING
  • HR - Y. Grandal (13), E. Hernandez (16)
  • SF - E. Hernandez (3)
  • RBI - Y. Grandal (47), A. Toles (4), E. Hernandez 2 (34), C. Kershaw
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Toles, C. Kershaw
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - D. McGuire
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Pederson (4)
  • Picked Off - C. Bellinger
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Maldonado-Simmons; Simmons-Valbuena)
  • E - I. Kinsler (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. McGuire3.04332216.461.561.0
N. Ramirez2.00000104.171.246.5
T. Cole (L, 0-2)2.03110112.610.87-2.5
O. Drake1.03110207.611.940.0
PITCHERSIP
D. McGuire3.0
N. Ramirez2.0
T. Cole (L, 0-2)2.0
O. Drake1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw6.26334812.741.0812.0
K. Maeda (W, 7-5)0.10000103.121.227.5
S. Alexander (H, 13)1.00000203.321.274.0
K. Jansen (S, 27)1.00000102.330.9310.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw6.2
K. Maeda (W, 7-5)0.1
S. Alexander (H, 13)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 27)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - D. McGuire (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. McGuire 64-42, N. Ramirez 24-17, T. Cole 28-20, O. Drake 22-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. McGuire 2-4, N. Ramirez 2-3, T. Cole 2-1
  • Batters Faced - D. McGuire 15, N. Ramirez 6, T. Cole 7, O. Drake 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Kershaw, K. Maeda (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 108-71, K. Maeda 7-4, S. Alexander 15-9, K. Jansen 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 7-4, K. Jansen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 30, K. Maeda 2, S. Alexander 3, K. Jansen 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Simmons SS50100012.313.371.443.8141.5
M. Trout CF20000201.310.454.6061.0602.0
J. Upton LF31100023.251.344.444.7882.0
I. Kinsler 2B31100113.219.280.367.6472.5
J. Marte 1B31231013.245.295.429.7248.5
T. Cole P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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O. Drake P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Calhoun RF40000031.187.237.319.556-1.5
M. Maldonado C30000001.234.297.349.6461.0
D. McGuire P20000011.333.333.333.667-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Cole in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Valbuena in the 9th
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J. Pederson LF20000100.247.333.515.8481.0
M. Muncy 3B40000012.271.409.6041.013-0.5
M. Kemp RF40000020.310.352.522.874-1.0
L. Forsythe 2B00000000.208.270.301.5700.0
C. Bellinger 1B41200010.245.327.481.8082.5
Y. Grandal C31311100.251.350.464.8149.0
A. Toles CF41210002.261.292.348.6394.0
C. Taylor SS41100022.253.332.454.7861.0
E. Hernandez 2B-RF21121000.230.313.473.7857.0
C. Kershaw P20110000.167.200.167.3672.0
K. Maeda P0000-000.083.083.083.000-
a- C. Utley PH10000000.239.318.336.6540.0
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Maeda in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Fletcher (3), A. Simmons (20)
  • HR - J. Marte (4)
  • SH - D. Fletcher
  • RBI - J. Marte 3 (13)
BATTING
  • HR - Y. Grandal (13), E. Hernandez (16)
  • SF - E. Hernandez (3)
  • RBI - Y. Grandal (47), A. Toles (4), E. Hernandez 2 (34), C. Kershaw
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Toles, C. Kershaw
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - D. McGuire
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Pederson (4)
  • Picked Off - C. Bellinger
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Maldonado-Simmons; Simmons-Valbuena)
  • E - I. Kinsler (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. McGuire3.04332216.461.561.0
N. Ramirez2.00000104.171.246.5
T. Cole (L, 0-2)2.03110112.610.87-2.5
O. Drake1.03110207.611.940.0
Total8.01055262---
PITCHERSIP
D. McGuire3.0
N. Ramirez2.0
T. Cole (L, 0-2)2.0
O. Drake1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw6.26334812.741.0812.0
K. Maeda (W, 7-5)0.10000103.121.227.5
S. Alexander (H, 13)1.00000203.321.274.0
K. Jansen (S, 27)1.00000102.330.9310.5
Total9.06334121---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw6.2
K. Maeda (W, 7-5)0.1
S. Alexander (H, 13)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 27)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - D. McGuire (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. McGuire 64-42, N. Ramirez 24-17, T. Cole 28-20, O. Drake 22-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. McGuire 2-4, N. Ramirez 2-3, T. Cole 2-1
  • Batters Faced - D. McGuire 15, N. Ramirez 6, T. Cole 7, O. Drake 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Kershaw, K. Maeda (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 108-71, K. Maeda 7-4, S. Alexander 15-9, K. Jansen 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 7-4, K. Jansen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 30, K. Maeda 2, S. Alexander 3, K. Jansen 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Toles singled to left center, Bellinger scored, Grandal to third35
  • 7TH INNING
    Hernandez homered to left34
  • 4TH INNING
    Marte homered to center, Upton and Kinsler scored33
  • 2ND INNING
    Kershaw singled to right, Taylor scored, Kershaw to second on 2nd baseman Kinsler fielding error03
    Hernandez hit sacrifice fly to left, Toles scored, Taylor to second02
    Grandal homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kenley Jansen relieved Scott Alexander
    • Shohei Ohtani hit for Luis Valbuena
    • Logan Forsythe at second base
    • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
    • D. Fletcher: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher lined out to right
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Scott Alexander pitching
    • Jabari Blash hit for Taylor Cole
    • J. Blash: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Blash struck out looking
    • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Maldonado fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Oliver Drake pitching
    • M. Muncy: Foul, Ball, Muncy flied out to center
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger singled to left center
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Grandal singled to right center, Bellinger to third
    • A. Toles: Foul, Foul, Toles singled to left center, Bellinger scored, Grandal to third
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Valbuena walked
    • D. Fletcher: Fletcher hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Valbuena to second
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Simmons struck out on foul tip
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout walked
    • Kenta Maeda relieved Clayton Kershaw
    • J. Upton: Ball, Upton hit by pitch, Valbuena to third, Trout to second
    • I. Kinsler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cole Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez homered to left
    • Chase Utley hit for Kenta Maeda
    • C. Utley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Utley grounded out to second
    • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pederson flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler grounded out to third
    • J. Marte: Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • K. Calhoun: Calhoun flied out to left
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Maldonado grounded into fielder's choice to third, Marte out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Taylor Cole pitching
    • Luis Valbuena at first base
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bellinger singled to left center, Bellinger to second
    • Y. Grandal: Bellinger picked off at second, pitcher to shortstop, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Grandal singled to center
    • A. Toles: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Toles grounded into double play shortstop to first, Grandal out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • D. Fletcher: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
    • A. Simmons: Foul, Simmons doubled to deep left
    • M. Trout: Foul, Ball, Trout flied out to deep right, Simmons to third
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Upton struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Ramirez Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pederson flied out to deep right
    • M. Muncy: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Muncy flied out to left
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • J. Upton: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Upton reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler singled to left, Upton to second
    • J. Marte: Marte homered to center, Upton and Kinsler scored
    • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Calhoun struck out on foul tip
    • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Ball, Maldonado hit by pitch
    • D. McGuire: McGuire reached on fielder's choice to second, Maldonado out at second
    • D. Fletcher: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, McGuire picked off at first, pitcher to first
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Noe Ramirez relieved Deck McGuire
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor grounded out to third
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez fouled out to third
    • C. Kershaw: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kershaw grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fletcher grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to catcher
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. McGuire Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Kemp lined out to left
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grandal walked
    • A. Toles: Toles grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Grandal out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Maldonado popped out to second
    • D. McGuire: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McGuire struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. McGuire Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger flied out to deep left
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grandal homered to right
    • A. Toles: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Toles reached on an infield single to first
    • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Taylor singled to left center, Toles to third
    • E. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez hit sacrifice fly to left, Toles scored, Taylor to second
    • C. Kershaw: Strike looking, Kershaw singled to right, Taylor scored, Kershaw to second on 2nd baseman Kinsler fielding error
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pederson walked
    • M. Muncy: Strike swinging, Muncy grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Fletcher doubled to deep left
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons fouled out to catcher
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kinsler walked, Fletcher to third, Trout to second
    • J. Marte: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. McGuire Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pederson hit by pitch
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Muncy struck out looking, Pederson caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kemp lined out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)