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ANAHEIM -- The Dodgers got spotty results from their spot start, and the Angels rallied for five runs in the fateful fifth inning to win 8-1 on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Mike Bolsinger, on a roughly 80-pitch limit, was pitching in and out of jams all night, allowing at least two runners to reach base in four of the five innings he started. In the one inning he allowed just one baserunner - the fourth - he pitched out of it by inducing two pop outs with Johnny Giovatella stranded 90 feet away from scoring the go-ahead run.

After a leadoff single in the fifth, Bolsinger one out later walked Mike Trout, who earlier lined a rocket 113 mph down the left field line and well into the seats for a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning. That was the end of the line for Bolsinger, who left at 69 pitches in a 1-1 tie, with two runners on base.

Then it all fell apart.

Louis Coleman walked Albert Pujols to load the bases with one out, then induced two ground balls. C.J. Cron's grounder found its way to the hole at shortstop, where by the time Corey Seager came up with it there was no play to be made, scoring the go-ahead run.

Then, a slow grounder was bobbled by fill-in first baseman Howie Kendrick, scoring another run while still leaving the bases loaded and one out. Rafael Ortega then lofted a fly ball to short left field that got past a diving Trayce Thompson for two runs, followed by a sacrifice fly to complete the merry-go-round.

The Angels then added two more runs in the sixth to further blow the game even more wide open.

Trout was 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk. His fellow heart-of-the-order mates Pujols and Cron each had two hits, with the trio combining to go 7-for-10 with three walks, five runs scored and four driven in.

The single for Pujols in the sixth was his 2,700th career knock, the 67th player in MLB history to reach that milestone.

Nick Tropeano held the Dodgers without a hit until the fourth inning, retiring his first 10 batters faced. But a walk to Justin Turner was followed by a double from Seager, his team-leading 11th of the season. After a Kendrick ground ball to third that erased Turner at the plate, Joc Pederson pulled the Dodgers even with a single to left to score Seager. Hoping this catches on:

That was the only run Tropeano would allow in seven innings.

The Dodgers were held without a home run for the first time in 12 games, snapping their longest streak of games with a home run since Sept. 9-22, 2009.

Yasiel Puig was 1-for-3 and walked in the ninth inning, his first free pass since April 24, snapping a string of 82 plate appearances in between walks.

The offense has scored three or fewer runs in 22 of their 41 games, and are 7-15 in such games.

Wednesday particulars

Home run: Mike Trout (9)

WP - Nick Tropeano (2-2): 7 IP, 7 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

LP - Mike Bolsinger (0-1): 4⅓ IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts