Calhoun’s walk-off throw beats Dodgers

KOLE CALHOUN homered, had three hits, drove in two runs and threw out the potential tying run at home in the bottom of the ninth as the Angels defeated the Dodgers 5-4 Tuesday night (Angels photo).

With bats and arms, the Los Angeles Angels defeated the best team in baseball Tuesday night, demonstrating that they truly are on the upswing.

Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun each hit a home run and threw a runner out at home plate. The 5-4 win at Dodger Stadium improved the Angels’ record to 53-49, still in third place in the American League West.

The Halos built a 4-1 lead that the Dodgers whittled down to one run. With two out in the ninth, Cody Bellinger was on second. Enrique Hernandez was at bat, and he lashed a hit to right field.

Bellinger broke for home with the potential tying run, but Calhoun’s laser throw to the plate cut down the Dodger base-runner to end the game.

“It got everybody pretty fired up,” Calhoun said. “So it was pretty cool. That’s as good as hitting a home run to end the game. Keep a run off the board. We get a win, throw a guy out. As a defender, that’s what you dream about.”

The Angels will take on the Dodgers (67-36) again today (Wednesday) in Los Angeles. Jaime Barria (3-3) will make the start for the Halos.

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