Hanger stakes Orioles to rare win at Dodger Stadium
Kenta Maeda never really had it tonight.
A superb first-inning catch by Trayce Thompson and a second-inning 9-6 forceout by Yasiel Puig bought Maeda some time, but the outcome hung in the balance about as long as the aching 75-mph curveball that he threw to Manny Machado with two on and none out in the top of the fifth.
Machado — who had been the victim of Thompson’s theft — slammed that tetherball off its rope, sending it to the back of the Left Field Pavilion, 453 feet away, breaking a 1-1 tie in what would be a 4-1 Orioles victory, ending the Dodgers’ winning streaks of five overall and 10 at home.
It was Baltimore’s first victory at Dodger Stadium in 49 years and nine months, since the infamous Game 2 of the 1966 World Series. (Mark Langill will have more on that game Wednesday morning.) Los Angeles had won all four of its regular-season home games against Baltimore.
Maeda allowed 10 baserunners while retiring 12 batters, his ERA creeping back over the Doc Scanlan Line to reach 3.07. The Dodger bullpen shut out the Orioles for five innings, making it 10 2/3 scoreless over the past two nights, but though that made all the difference Monday, it made none tonight.
All of the Dodgers’ offense came in the first inning, beginning when All-Star shortstop Corey Seager’s first-inning double that extended his hitting streak to 18 games, high in the National League this year.
Adrián González (2 for 4) singled Seager home and went to second base on the first of Puig’s two walks, but Los Angeles didn’t get Gonzalez or anyone else past second base the rest of the night.