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Maeda’s Strikeouts Send Dodgers To Season-High Over .500

Final score: 3-1, Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers squared off against the San Diego Padres for their series finale Sunday. Kenta Maeda made the start for L.A. and pitched phenomenally. After struggling in his last start against the Baltimore Orioles, Maeda bounced back against the Padres pitching seven strong innings only allowing two hits and one run. Maeda also struck out a career-high 13 batters without a single walk. Maeda left the game with a 3-1 lead.

Joe Blanton came in as relief and held on in the 8th inning. Kenley Jansen came in for the finish and after getting in some early trouble got two strikeouts and a fly out to end the game and win the series for the Dodgers.

Dodgers RBIs

Corey Seager 1 (42)

Howie Kendrick 1 (10)

Adrian Gonzalez 1 (44)

Dodgers Home Runs

Adrian Gonzalez 1 (7)

Game Analysis:

Leadoff batter Howie Kendrick had three hits today and three other Dodgers had multi-hit games as well, which shows the offense is picking up some steam for L.A. This was a great way for the Dodgers to finish the first half of the season. Their first-half record now sits at 51-40, a season high 11 games over .500. 

Corey Seager will compete in the Home Run Derby tomorrow night, and he and Jansen will be in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

The next Dodgers game will be on Friday as the Dodgers will head to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks.

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