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Lorenzen leads Rangers past Dodgers 3-1 for their first series victory in Los Angeles since 1999

LOS ANGELES – – Michael Lorenzen pitched seven smooth innings, rookie Wyatt Langford had two RBI singles and the Texas Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Thursday night to win a series at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 1999.

For the second straight night, Rangers reliever David Robertson retired consecutive MVPs Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman to preserve a 3–1 lead in the eighth.

Texas took two of three from the NL West leaders after being outscored 15-2 in the opener, as the Dodgers hit five home runs – including four in one inning.

But the Rangers’ pitching short-circuited LA’s offense this time.

Betts, Ohtani – who homered in each of the first two games – and Freeman were a combined 2 for 12 with three strikeouts.

Lorenzen (4-3) allowed one run and four hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Kirby Yates, the Rangers’ 37-year-old closer, earned his 10th save after needing 26 pitches to get through the ninth.

The Dodgers didn’t score until rookie Andy Pages’ homer, just inside the left-field foul pole, left them trailing 3-1 in the seventh inning.

They had runners on the corners and no one out in the eighth, the first time they put a man in scoring position all night. But then Robertson fanned Betts, Ohtani and Freeman in order. The 39-year-old reliever took an 0-2 lead over the powerful trio, who each went down swinging.

Michael Grove (4-3) took the loss, giving up two runs and three hits in one inning as the opener in a bullpen game.

The Rangers’ series victory was only their second in Los Angeles in club history and first since 1999. Manager Bruce Bochy improved to 109-109 at Dodger Stadium, the most wins by an opposing manager in stadium history.

Texas took a 2–0 lead in the first inning after Nathaniel Lowe’s RBI groundout and Langford’s RBI single with two outs. Langford added a runscoring single in the third.

Adolis García had two hits and scored twice for the defending World Series champions.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: SS Corey Seager was cut to retain him for a three-game series against the AL West-leading Seattle Mariners. He homered on Wednesday after missing four straight games due to a hamstring problem.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (elbow) threw a three-inning simulated game and is further than expected. …RHP Bobby Miller (shoulder) made a rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City. …RHP Ryan Brasier (calf) went on the 60-day IL.

NEXT ONE

Rangers: LHP Andrew Heaney (2-7, 4.06 ERA) will start Friday’s series opener in Seattle.

Dodgers: RHP Gavin Stone (7.2, 2.93) starts Friday’s interleague series opener against Kansas City.

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