TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels closer Francisco
Rodriguez gave up three runs in the ninth inning and took the loss
Tuesday when the San Diego Padres rallied to take a 7-6 victory.
Rodriguez wasn't all that shaky, allowing one hit and walking
two of seven batters. But the Angels' right-hander didn't get much
get much help from his teammates in Los Angeles infield.Ben Johnson's grounder went under the glove of third baseman
Edgardo Alfonso for a hit to bring in the go-ahead run with two
outs, a few batters after first baseman Dallas McPherson committed
an error on a chopper to first."Today we just let a couple get under our gloves late in the
game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.The Padres' Clay Hensley worked a scoreless ninth for his third
spring training save.Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, making his sixth start, had
his best outing in more than two weeks, allowing three runs and
five hits with seven strikeouts over 5 1-3 innings.Padres right-hander Chan Ho Park allowed 12 hits and six runs --
five earned -- in 3 2-3 innings in his second spring training start.
Dewon Brazelton allowed one hit in 3 1-3 innings of relief.Adrian Gonzalez hit his first homer of spring training and Josh
Barfield his second, both off Santana.
Angels DH Tim Salmon continued to make a strong run for a
roster spot with his third homer of the spring, a shot off Park.
... The Angels sent RHPs Scott Dunn and Jason Bulger to their minor
league camp. Bulger, acquired from Arizona on Feb. 28 in exchange
for INF Alberto Callaspo, appeared in eight spring games and had a
6.75 ERA over 9 1-3 innings. Dunn had a 10.57 ERA in six
appearances and 7 2-3 innings. ... RF Vladimir Guerrero had three
hits to lift his average to .500, and Chone Figgins had three hits
to put his average at .346.