There are so many games in a baseball season, they’re not all going to look the same. Or end the same.
Juan Uribe sprinted home from third and Freese fielded the ball and fired home to catcher Chris Iannetta. But the throw was off line, Uribe eventually tagged home plate for the winning run and Freese was charged with his second error of the night.
Uribe started the winning rally with a sharp single off Kevin Jepsen with one out. With a full count and Uribe running on the pitch, A.J. Ellis -- who started the night batting just .191 -- lined a single to center and Uribe advanced to third.
That brought up Ethier and the Angels loaded up the right side of the infield with an extra infielder. Ethier delivered, if unusually, for his 12th career walk-off.
The game started strangely, at least if you’ve been watching Clayton Kershaw for the last two months.
The Angels were hitting off Kershaw. They actually put together four consecutive hits against him to score two runs in the second. Kershaw had been so dominant, it was like your eyes needed adjusting.
But with one out in the second, Howie Kendrick laced a single and Freese doubled him to third. Iannetta, after fouling off three pitches in a 2-2 count, lined a two-run double into the right-field corner.
The Dodgers, however, had a pretty decent second inning of their own. After Matt Kemp led off with a base hit and Scott Van Slyke walked, Uribe crushed a Hector Santiago curveball, sending it over half-way up the pavilion in left-center.
Uribe’s sixth home run of the year gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. It was his first homer since July 8.
Kershaw settled down after the third, not allowing another hit.
He was in position to become baseball’s first 14-game winner when Kemp used his legs to manufacture a run in the sixth. He led off the inning against Santiago with a bouncer to Freese at third. With Kemp running hard, Freese appeared to hurry his throw.
It just pulled Albert Pujols off the bag, and Kemp was safe on the error. Kemp then stole second, and when Iannetta’s throw sailed into center for another error, he jumped up and sprinted to third – challenging the strong arm of Trout in center.
The throw was a good one, but Kemp’s slide just beat the tag. Van Slyke then hit a fly to deep center to sacrifice Kemp home and give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.
Kershaw left leading by a run after throwing only 104 pitches in seven innings. He allowed three runs and seven hits and – gasp! – two walks. It was the first time in six consecutive starts he had allowed at least two walks.
Brian Wilson took over to start the eighth and trouble soon followed in the form of Pujols. The Angels’ first baseman worked the count full and then rocketed a line-drive homer deep into the Dodgers bullpen.
Pujols’ 21st home run of the season tied it at 4-4 and left Kershaw without a decision.
With the victory, the Dodgers pushed their lead in the National League West back to 2 1/2 games.