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For the Dodgers (52-28), June is over and the team still sits atop the National League West by a game and a half over Arizona despite losing two of three to the Angels.

Last Wednesday the host Angels prevailed 3-2 as Ben Revere (hit) scored the winning run from second base in the ninth inning on Yasmani Grandal’s throwing error to first base after Cameron Maybin struck out.

Andrelton Simmons cracked a two-run homer in the sixth for the Halos (42-40), while Trayce Thompson nailed a solo homer in the eighth inning and Grandal, the catcher, a solo rocket in the ninth.

On Tuesday at Chavez Ravine, the Boys in Blue took out the Angels 4-0 behind a four-run sixth.

Joc Pederson lined a three-run single and Cody Bellinger a run-scoring base hit.

One-time Japanese star Kenta Maeda (6-3) was credited with the victory after working seven innings, striking out six and walking none while giving up four hits.

Eric Young Jr. and Yunel Escobar each rapped out two hits for the Angels, who came off a successful road trip that included taking two of three from the Boston Red Sox.

The Halos snapped the Dodgers’ 10-game winning streak on Monday with a 4-0 blanking.

The Angels led 2-0 through three, 3-0 after four frames and then tacked on a run in the ninth.

Ricky Nolasco (3-9) has struggled this season, but was solid against the Boys in Blue.

Nolasco limited the Dodgers to five hits across six and one-third frames, fanning five and walking two.

Escobar chipped in with a pair of hits including a two-run single, Danny Espinosa (hit) had a sacrifice fly and Martin Maldonado tossed in a solo homer.

Yasiel Puig had two hits, while Chase Utley and Chris Taylor each doubled for the Dodgers.


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