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Baseball: Maeda takes loss as Astros hammer Dodgers 14-0

Right-hander Kenta Maeda of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Houston Astros in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, 2018. (Kyodo) zoom photo Right-hander Kenta Maeda of the Los Angeles Dodgers appears dejected in the dugout at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, 2018. He left the mound in the sixth inning of a 14-0 loss to the Houston Astros. (Kyodo)

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) -- Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda was tagged with his second-straight loss Saturday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 14-0 to the visiting Houston Astros.

Maeda dropped to 7-7, while the second-place Dodgers fell to 61-51, one game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the race for the National League West title.

Maeda gave up five earned runs on six hits, with two walks. He struck out four before leaving the game at Dodger Stadium with one out in the sixth inning.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts replaced Maeda with righty J.T. Chargois after the former Hiroshima Carp ace gave up an RBI double to Tyler White that left a runner on third. Maeda surrendered a two-run double to Yuli Gurriel earlier in the inning.

"In the sixth inning I was unable to battle to the end," Maeda said. "The things I've been doing wrong recently all seemed to come out today. It seems like I keep failing in the same way, and I need to fix that."

The American League West-leading Astros went ahead in the second inning when shortstop Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run off Maeda to center field.

The Astros offense added nine runs over the final two innings as they recorded a fourth-straight win and improved to 71-41. Brad Peacock (2-4) picked up the win for the visitors.

In Cleveland, Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts for the Los Angeles Angels in a 3-0 loss to the Indians. After the game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia, the longest-tenured skipper in the majors, told the MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal that this would be his final season. The Angels are currently 55-57, 11 games behind the Astros in the AL West.

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Akinori Iwamura threw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays' game against the Boston Red Sox. Iwamura was honored along with other former members of the Ray's 2008 AL championship squad.

As part of the promotion, the Rays gave away Iwamura bobblehead dolls, showing him recording the final putout of that year's league championship series against the Red Sox.

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