Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Anaheim leads 2-0 (as of 6/26)

Game 1: Friday, June 25
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LA Dodgers0
Game 2: Saturday, June 26
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LA Dodgers5
Game 3: Sunday, June 27
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LA Dodgers10

Angels 7

(41-33, 19-17 away)

Dodgers 5

(37-35, 20-15 home)

4:10 PM ET, June 26, 2004

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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W: B. Donnelly (1-0)

L: G. Mota (3-3)

S: F. Rodriguez (7)

Anaheim wins sixth straight over L.A.

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, too."

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 ballpark."

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 month.

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 feel tomorrow."

Game notes


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.

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