ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Garret Anderson's demeanor is pretty much
the same whether he strikes out with the bases loaded or hits a
So reaching the 1,000-RBI plateau was no cause for celebration,
although he expressed satisfaction concerning the manner in which
he got there.
The win gave the Angels a sweep of the three-game interleague
series and extended their winning streak to a season-high six
games. They lead second-place Texas by 6½ games in the AL West.
"The meaning is we won the game," said Anderson of becoming
the first player in franchise history to drive in 1,000 runs. "I
was more happy that we got the two runs there and won the game. I
still have a lot of games to be played. I'll be able to look back
on it when I finish playing. I don't get too high or low on my
achievements whether they're good or bad."
They've been mostly good, and this achievement provided an early
birthday present for Anderson, who turns 33 Thursday.
Anderson has been an Angels' regular since 1995, when he
finished second behind Minnesota's Marty Cordova in the AL rookie
of the year voting. And he's always been a player who's appreciated
by his teammates.
"He's not flashy, he's not showy, he just gets the job done.
He's a humble superstar," pitcher Paul Byrd said.
"He's just an RBI machine, that guy you want in there in those
key situations," first baseman Darin Erstad said.
"You've got to be a really, really good hitter to get 1,000
RBI in this league," catcher Bengie Molina said.
Erstad started the winning rally with a single off Kelly Wunsch
(1-1) to snap an 0-for-14 drought. Duaner Sanchez relieved Wunsch
and gave up a single to Vladimir Guerrero before Anderson doubled
off the right-center field fence.
Shortly thereafter, many in the sellout crowd of 44,029 began
chanting, "Sweep, sweep!'
The Angels obliged to move a season-high 16 games over .500.
They beat the Dodgers in five of their six games this season and
have won 12 of the past 16 meetings between the teams.
The injury-ravaged Dodgers went 2-11 on a 13-game road trip and
fell 6½ games behind the NL West-leading San Diego Padres.
Jayson Werth provided the Dodgers' offense with his third and
fourth home runs of the season -- a two-run shot in the first and a
solo effort in the seventh.
Werth's second-inning homer Saturday night provided the Dodgers
with their only run in the first two games of the series.
"Personally, I've been feeling better and having better
at-bats," said Werth, who broke his left wrist early in spring
training and missed the first 44 games of the season. "But all
things considered, as bad as the road trip was, we just need to
stay positive and look forward to what we have coming up in front
The Angels took a 3-2 lead off Derek Lowe in the sixth when Jeff
DaVanon hit a one-out triple and scored when rookie Maicer Izturis
bounced a single over the drawn in Dodgers infield for his second
big-league RBI. Werth tied it by hitting Byrd's first pitch of the
seventh over the center field wall.
The Angels got a run in the third on a two-out, run-scoring
single by Anderson, and another in the fifth when Adam Kennedy
scored while Erstad was grounding into just his second double play
of the season.
Byrd allowed four hits and three runs in seven innings. He
retired 16 of the 17 batters he faced between Werth's home runs.
Lowe also went seven innings, giving up six hits and three runs.
The three-game series at Angel Stadium drew 132,192. ...
The Angels finished interleague play with a 12-6 record while the
Dodgers wound up an NL worst 5-13. ... Dodgers OF J.D. Drew missed
his fifth game because of a sore left knee. He took batting
practice and said he's close to being able to return to the lineup.
... Angels 3B Dallas McPherson didn't play because of a tight left
groin that cause him to leave Saturday night's game in the seventh
inning. Manager Mike Scioscia said he didn't believe the injury was
serious. ... 2B Jeff Kent, who leads the Dodgers with 14 homers, 55
RBI and 47 runs scored, got what manager Jim Tracy called a
much-needed start off. He pinch-hit in the ninth and popped out to
second. ... Werth hit cleanup for the first time since joining the
Dodgers last season. He had only one homer in 57 at-bats before
Saturday night's game. ... Kennedy went 0-for-1 with two walks,
ending his 13-game hitting streak.