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LOS ANGELES — Mike Trout’s talents are singular. The Angels’ pitching was definitely plural.

That combination – and a game-ending throw by right fielder Kole Calhoun – was enough to give the Angels a 5-4 victory at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night – their third straight in this year’s renewal of the Freeway Series.

Since 2017, the Dodgers are 31-17 in interleague games, the second-best winning percentage in baseball during that time – but they are winless against the Angels this season and 5-8 against their neighbors since 2017.

The win was preserved when Calhoun charged Kiké Hernandez’s two-out single in the ninth inning and threw out Cody Bellinger at the plate to end it. It was the second time in the game an Angels outfielder threw a Dodger out at home plate when that runner represented the tying run.

Trout did it the first time.

His arm was considered the least shiny of this five-tool player’s five tools when he first arrived in the majors. But he threw a 98.6 mph dart to throw out Max Muncy at the plate, trying to score from second on a Corey Seager single in the second inning.

That preserved a 1-1 tie that stood until Trout got his third look of the night at Dodgers starter Maeda in the fifth inning, the Dodgers starter having nibbled his way to a pitch count in the 90s.

Trout was just 1 for 9 with four strikeouts in his career against Maeda to that point. Ahead in the count 1-and-2, Maeda tried to slip one more slider by Trout. Up but on the outside part of the plate, Trout hammered it high and deep down the left-field line, wrapping it around the foul pole and landing in the rarely-visited second level of seating above the Dodgers’ bullpen.

The 454-foot blast was Trout’s 11th home run in the past 13 games and the third consecutive game he has hit a home run, the third time he has done that this month. The 111-mph exit velocity was his major league-leading 14th home run this season with an exit velocity of 110 mph or higher.

Justin Upton followed with a double off the left field wall to end Maeda’s night after 95 pitches in just 4-1/3 innings. Kole Calhoun doubled off Julio Urias to drive in Upton and eventually scored to make it a 4-1 Angels lead.

The lead nearly grew in the sixth but Alex Verdugo ran down Upton’s attempt to reach the wall in left-center field for a second time. With two out and two runners on, the running catch in the gap saved two runs.

That allowed the Dodgers to pull within a run in the bottom of the inning, scoring twice while hitting just one ball out of the infield (a Seager single off the right-field wall).

Ty Buttrey eventually choked off that rally, part of a bucket brigade of seven Angels pitchers that started with “opener” Taylor Cole. The Angels are now 12-8 when using an opener (including Cole three times).

Calhoun homered in the seventh (one of his three extra-base hits in the game) to give the bullpen added cushion, but the Dodgers pulled within a run again in the ninth on a walk, a Bellinger double and a sacrifice bly by Muncy.

That brought Angels closer Hansel Robles one out away from closing it out. Calhoun got the save on his throw to nail Bellinger at home.

More to come on this story.

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