Kenta Maeda showed signs of emerging from a mid-season lull by throwing three-hit ball on Saturday and earning his first win since May 31 as the Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0.
Amid concerns about his spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation, Maeda (8-8) struck out six without issuing a walk over the seven-inning, 93-pitch outing. The Japanese right-hander also contributed an RBI as the Dodgers evened the series at home.
“I think it’s a really big win because what I did led to this result,” Maeda said.
“I repaired (the form that) had been crumbling and got back to feeling good about all my pitches. There were a lot of easy innings and I was able to throw ideal pitches.”
Maeda, winless in his last 12 starts, tossed three hitless innings before pitching out of a jam in the fourth after giving up back-to-back singles to Jarrod Dyson and Ketel Marte.
Dyson got caught trying to steal second, but Marte succeeded in his attempt and reached third on a wild pitch before Maeda struck out David Peralta to strand the runner and keep the visitors off the board.
With Corey Seager on third in the bottom of the inning, Maeda put down a successful squeeze bunt off Arizona starter Alex Young and reached first as Seager beat the scoop to home.
Peralta took a Maeda fastball deep in the top of the seventh, but Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger grabbed it at the wall as Maeda retired 11 of his last 12 batters.
Young (4-2) allowed four runs in 3-1/3 innings and was tagged with the loss.
At Fenway Park, Shohei Ohtani went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBIs in the Los Angeles Angels’ 12-4 rout of the Boston Red Sox as the visitors ended an eight-game losing skid. The Angels’ designated hitter singled in two runs in a seven-run rally in the seventh.
“I wanted to keep it simple and put a good swing on a ball in the zone,” Ohtani said of his two-run, seventh-inning single. “Neither of the pitches (I got hits off) were easy. But I think I swung the bat well, and the balls were hit to good locations.”
Before the game, Ohtani threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session, his eighth since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last October. The Japanese two-way player was limited to fastballs topping out around 80 miles per hour (129 kilometers per hour).
“I’m still not throwing at a 100 percent yet, but I really feel like it’s getting better, so I’m satisfied,” Ohtani said. “The biggest thing now is how (my body) responds to this.”