LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The real Anaheim Angels can finally stand up.
Garret Anderson and Brendan Donnelly, two of several key Anaheim
players sidelined for extended periods by injuries, made their most
significant contributions of the season Saturday as the Angels
rallied for a 7-5 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers.
Anderson's second two-run homer drove in the go-ahead runs in
the eighth, and Donnelly worked 1 2-3 hitless innings with two
strikeouts for his first win.
"It's nice to come out and help the team, do my part," said
Anderson, who's 22-of-63 (.349) in 16 games since sitting out 42
games because of an arthritic condition in his upper back.
"I was just happy to be back in there," Donnelly (1-0) said
after his fourth appearance this season. An All-Star last year,
Donnelly was sidelined after breaking his nose in 20 places March 9
in a spring training accident. He was activated June 17.
Closer Troy Percival was activated after the game, leaving the
Angels with everyone expected to contribute except third baseman
Troy Glaus, who underwent shoulder surgery May 21 that probably
ended his season.
"Ever since I've been here, we've had injuries," said
Anderson, an All-Star the past two seasons who hit his fifth and
sixth homers to raise his career total to 199.
"You just suck it up and move on. Everybody else has injuries,
Anderson hit a 2-0 pitch from Guillermo Mota (3-3) over the
right-center field fence following a leadoff single by Vladimir
Guerrero to snap a 5-all tie. The Dodgers forged an early 5-2 lead,
but didn't have a hit after Paul Lo Duca's RBI single with one out
in the third.
"Our relief pitching gave us a chance to get back into the
game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
The win was the Angels' second straight after they lost 13 of
19, and their sixth in a row over the Dodgers dating back to last
season. They hit four homers in handing Los Angeles a 13-0 loss on
Friday night and added three more Saturday -- the two by Anderson
and another two-run homer by Guerrero.
The Dodgers have lost six straight since winning two of three
against the New York Yankees last weekend.
"Obviously, the story today was the home run ball," Dodgers
manager Jim Tracy said. "We weren't able to keep the ball in the
Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in the first when Chone Figgins drew a
one-out walk and Guerrero hit Odalis Perez's next pitch an
estimated 435 feet into the left-field pavilion. It was Guerrero's
second homer in two days and 19th of the season. He has an
extra-base hit in 10 of the last 12 games.
Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer, his 17th, off Aaron Sele in
the bottom of the inning. The Dodgers added a run in the second on
Dave Roberts' sacrifice fly and another in the third on Lo Duca's
hit. They had only one baserunner after that -- pinch-hitter Robin
Ventura, who walked off Donnelly in the seventh.
The Angels made it 5-3 in the fifth on pinch-hitter Tim Salmon's
infield out. They tied it in the sixth off Wilson Alvarez on a
one-out walk to Guerrero and Anderson's first homer, which traveled
just over the outstretched glove of right fielder Juan Encarnacion.
Francisco Rodriguez, the fourth Angels pitcher, retired all four
batters he faced to earn his seventh save in 10 chances. He's
5-for-5 since Percival went on the disabled list earlier this
Sele allowed six hits and five runs -- four earned -- in four
innings. He pitched for the first time since June 10, when he left
a game against Milwaukee after six innings because of fatigue in
his right shoulder.
Perez left after five innings because of irritation in his left
rotator cuff. He gave up three hits and three runs while walking
two and striking out five.
"I first felt it in the fourth when I struck out (Darin)
Erstad," Perez said. "The last pitch I threw him was a curveball
and I felt a burning in my arm. I came in and got some treatment
twice, and I feel better now. But I don't know how I'm going to
The game was played before a crowd of 52,715. Friday
night's game was played before 54,617. ... Guerrero's two RBI gave
him a franchise-record 30 in June and 68 this season. ... The
Angels made room for Percival by sending RHP Matt Hensley to
Triple-A Salt Lake. Percival hasn't pitched since June 1 because an
inflamed right elbow. ... After grounding out against Perez, the
right handed-hitting Salmon is hitless in 32 at-bats against
left-handers this season. ... Anderson has two multihomer games
this season and 11 in his career.