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ANAHEIM Lance McCullers Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun is ready for the season to start, as he showed on offense and defense in the second game of the Freeway Series.Calhoun hit a home run and a double, but the Los Angeles Dodgers scored five times in the seventh inning of an 8-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in their exhibition matchup Monday night.The right fielder also threw out Joc Pederson trying for a double and said he is right where he wants to be with his preparation.“Going into the season feeling good,” Calhoun said. “It’s been a good spring. Spring, sometimes it can get kind of long out here, and we’re ready to play somebody for real.”Calhoun homered on the first pitch from Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda. The Angels went up 3-2 in the third inning when Mike Trout hit a bloop single to score Calhoun after his stand-up double.Calhoun has been attempting to use more of the field to get the most out of his bat. His second home run of the spring went over the wall in left-center, and his double was well struck to right.That approach could help boost Calhoun’s production. Despite hitting 19 home runs for the second straight season last year, his batting average dropped to .208 with 18 doubles — his lowest output in both categories since becoming a regular in 2014.“I think that’s a goal in general, not just for me but for a lot of people, is be able to use the whole field,” Calhoun said. “Nice to be showing up with it right now.”Maeda said through a translator he was “50 percent happy” with his final tuneup after giving up three runs and five hits in three innings. The outing was as much about getting into the repetition that comes with the regular season as it was about being at his best, he explained.“It’s my first time pitching at a 7 p.m. game Mike Scott Jersey , so getting my routine back in, figuring out what to do when was one of my (goals),” Maeda said.Noe Ramirez started for the Angels, who used their bullpen to get through the game. Ramirez threw a hitless inning.The Dodgers were able to get their third win in the past 20 preseason games at Angel Stadium thanks to a scoring outburst in the seventh. Jeter Downs, Cody Bellinger and Matt Beaty all drew bases-loaded walks, and Connor Wong hit a two-run single.Jared Walsh had a bases-loaded triple in the ninth to shave the Angels’ deficit to 8-7, but Parker Curry struck out Matt Thaiss and got Tommy La Stella on a grounder to end the game.NOTES: Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) threw two innings under simulated game conditions. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said he was “very encouraged” by how Kershaw looked, but the next step in his progression won’t be determined until after he throws a bullpen and four-inning simulated game during the upcoming week. … Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler will start against Arizona on Sunday after throwing 60 pitches during a four-inning simulated start Monday. … Angels LF Justin Upton will undergo an MRI on his sprained left big toe. Manager Brad Ausmus said Upton was feeling sore after sustaining the injury Sunday and did not know if he would be available for the season opener Thursday at Oakland. … Angels LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow) threw 20 pitches off the mound. Ausmus said Heaney will throw off a mound again Wednesday, barring any setbacks.UP NEXTThe Freeway Series concludes Tuesday with the Dodgers putting LHP Julio Urias up against RHP Jaime Barria for the Angels. The Milwaukee Brewers sent an unexpected jolt into the NLCS Monday, as they shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium to pick up a 2-1 series lead.The victory set the tone of the rest of the series, as the Brewers received a solid pitching performance from starter Jhoulys Chacin and their bullpen got out of a few late jams.For the second time in the series, the Dodgers will be playing from behind Alex Bregman Jersey , and they'll call upon Rich Hill to help level the series on the mound in Game 4.The Dodgers are also waiting for an unheralded hero to step up in the NLCS similar to what the Brewers have gotten out of Orlando Arcia. NLCS Game 4 InformationStart Time:9:09 p.m. ETTV:FS1Live Stream:Fox Sports Go or Fox Sports app PredictionsDodgers Benefit from Hill's ExperienceRich Hill isn't going to blow any hitters away with 100-mile-per-hour fastballs, but he also isn't going to put his team in danger of losing a postseason game.The experienced left-hander has been a model of consistency in the postseason, as he's never given up more than four earned runs in nine appearances.A year ago, Hill made four starts for the Dodgers in the NLCS and World Series, and although he didn't last more than five innings, he kept them in a position to win.Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesThe Dodgers have won six of the eight playoff games Hill has started in the last three years, but he's only been credited with a victory once.If Hill steadies the ship in the first five innings, the Dodgers should be able to take the lead through a few scoring opportunities at the plate.In Game 4 of the NLDS against Atlanta, the Dodgers provided Hill with a one-run lead in the first inning, and he benefited from that for the first three innings out his outing.Even though Hill left with a 2-1 deficit on the scoreboard, he didn't hurt his team's chances of winning, which is what the Dodgers need again from the left-hander after suffering a tough Game 3 loss at home.Gonzalez Experiences Another Early ExitGio Gonzalez didn't last long on the mound in Game 1 , as Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell opted to put trust in his bullpen after two innings.Gonzalez enters his Game 4 start fresh, but he'll be out on the bump for a similar length as Game 1, but for a different reason.The Brewers left-hander is going up against a Dodgers lineup that threatened throughout Game 3 but failed to deliver, as they went0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.Jeff Roberson/Associated PressWith a 3-1 deficit staring them in the face, the Dodgers will rally and post a few runs to the scoreboard early to make a statement.In Game 3, the heart of the Los Angeles order produced all five hits, with Manny Machado and Justin Turner combining for three of them.If the Dodgers are able to get one or two runners on base for Turner and Machado in the first inning, they'll rattle Gonzalez and lead him in the direction of an early exit.Even if Turner and Machado don't produce runs in their first time around the order, Yasiel Puig and Enrique Hernandez will turn the order over to set up scoring opportunities.Expect the Dodgers to put a handful of runners on base in the first few innings against Gonzalez, which will force Counsell into a tough decision to either keep his starter out on the mound or allow the bullpen to take over. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.Statistics obtained from Baseball Reference.

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