Clayton Kershaw allowed just one hit in seven brilliant innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Freeway Series by defeating the Los Angeles Angels 7-4 on Friday night.
Cody Bellinger hit a pair of two-run home runs for the Dodgers.
Justin Turner chipped in two hits and produced a run for the Dodgers to begin this interleague series with their first win over the struggling Angels since 2018. The Dodgers (14-7) were the lone leaders of the NL West.
Anthony Rendón hit a home run for the fourth straight game. He also walked two Kershaw (2-1), but was the only Angels hitter to reach base against the longtime Dodgers ace.
Kershaw struck out six and improved to a 7-2 career record against the Angels. He improved to 2.23 his interleague ERA, the most outstanding in the history of the majors among pitchers who accumulate at least 15 starts in these types of games.
The left-hander retired Mike Trout three times. For his life, the three-time AL MVP star has hit Kershaw 16-2, including a streak that went 14-0 in 2014.
The defeat went to Patrick Sandoval (0-2).
For the Dodgers, Puerto Ricans Kiké Hernández 4-0, Edwin Ríos 4-1 with a run scored.
For the Angels, Albert Pujols 4-1 with a run scored.