4:10 PM ET, April 3, 2005
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Paul Byrd was sharp in his final preseason outing and the Los Angeles Angels got home runs from pinch-hitters Curtis Pride and Mike Napoli to beat the Dodgers 6-4 Sunday, completing their second consecutive three-game sweep of the Freeway Series.The Angels finished spring training 20-11-1 and the Dodgers were 13-15-3. Both teams begin defense of their respective West Division titles on Tuesday, with the Dodgers sending Derek Lowe against the Giants in San Francisco and the Angels sending Bartolo Colon against the Texas Rangers at Anaheim.Byrd allowed three hits in six innings, including home runs by rookie Jason Repko and Hee-Seop Choi on consecutive pitches in the fourth. The right-hander, who signed with the Angels as a free agent in December, missed the entire 2003 season and the first 2 1-2 months last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Byrd finished the spring with a 2.42 ERA.Dodgers starter Scott Erickson allowed a run and five hits in six innings. The injury-plagued right-hander, who has pitched in only six regular-season games in the majors since 2002 because of injuries, makes his official Dodgers debut next Saturday at Arizona after finishing the spring with a 2.00 ERA.The Angels grabbed a 5-2 lead in the seventh with four runs and six hits against reliever Elmer Dessens. Pride hit a three-run homer to right field on the first pitch while batting for Byrd, and Lou Merloni added an RBI single.The Dodgers got a run back in the bottom half on Jason Grabowski' RBI double, but Napoli responded in the eighth with a first-pitch homer to center.Rookie Bob Zimmerman got three outs for the save despite allowing an RBI single by Grabowski.The Angels got their first run in the fifth on rookie Maicer Izturis' RBI triple. They finished spring training with 32 triples -- just five shy of their entire regular-season total last year.Five Dodgers will begin the season on the disabled list, including pitchers Brad Penny Wilson Alvarez and Darren Dreifort, closer Eric Gagne and left fielder Jayson Werth.Penny, recovering from a nerve injury in his right biceps, pitched four innings against Dodger minor leaguers in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sunday without any discomfort. He will pitch again next Friday, possibly in a Florida State League game. His first turn in the rotation will be taken by Dessens. The Dodgers won't need a fifth starter again until Apr. 19.