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Angels offense comes alive behind Griffin Canning’s dominant start, defeat Dodgers

He allows only one run on the night

Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Griffin Canning shoved, the offense was fantastic and the Angels got back in the win column as they defeated the Dodgers, 9-2.

The Angels scored in only three innings, but they scored four runs in two separate innings. After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the second, the Angels responded by putting up a four spot.

Justin Upton, who had his own personal hype squad in attendance, crushed his sixth home run of the season. Oh, and take a look at his hype squad! Absolutely phenomenal.

The run parade didn’t stop there. With two outs, the Angels put together a rally. Taylor Ward homered for his first base hit of the season, putting the Angels up 2-1. They’d hold onto the lead for the remainder of the game. Jose Rojas was then hit by a pitch to put a runner on base.

Drew Butera, who was acquired from the Rangers earlier in the day, doubled in his first at bat. David Fletcher then doubled in both runners, putting the Angels up 4-1.

Three consecutive hits from the Angels in the fifth gave them the 5-1 lead. An inning later, the Angels had their second four-run inning of the night. Rojas, Fletcher and Shohei Ohtani all hit a double, and then Mike Trout tripled to really put the game out of reach as they took a 9-1 lead.

Although the offense scoring nine runs was a great sight, the MVP of the night went to Canning. After a very rough start to begin his season, Canning had one of his best outings of the year. Even though the Dodgers offense has been struggling, he held them in check. He allowed only one run in 5 23 innings, and really prevented the Dodgers from doing any damage against him. This is now his second consecutive really good outing.

The Angels pick up some ground in the standings, as they are now 4.5 games out of first place.

Friday particulars

WP: Griffin Canning 5 23 IP, 1 ER, 4 SO

LP: Julio Urias (4-1) 5 IP, 5 ER, 4 SO

SV: Patrick Sandoval (1) 3 13 IP, 1 ER, 3 SO

HR: Mookie Betts (4) Justin Upton (6) Taylor Ward (1)

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