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MLB: Dodgers' Maeda picks up 1st save of 2018 season

Kenta Maeda of the Los Angeles Dodgers (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE)(Getty/Kyodo)

ARLINGTON, Texas (Kyodo) -- Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda earned his first save of the season in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Maeda relieved Scott Alexander with the Dodgers up 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth at Globe Life Park in Arlington, only to issue a one-out walk to Nomar Mazara, who came around to score on an RBI double by Adrian Beltre.

Maeda got himself in trouble when Beltre stole third one out later and pinch hitter Joey Gallo walked to put runners on the corners, but the third-year pitcher escaped the jam by inducing a game-ending groundout.

"I didn't do well personally but I'm glad the team managed to pull off a win," Maeda said.

"A pitcher who pitches last is expected to maintain the team's lead until the end of a game, so I think I met the minimum (requirements for the role)," he said.

Manny Machado, Cody Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal all homered and Alex Wood (8-6) pitched seven scoreless innings as the Dodgers stretched their winning streak to five games.

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