ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Kelvim Escobar expressed relief after
snapping a personal seven-game losing streak.
For the first time in more than 30 years, two players recorded their 2,000th hit on the same day: Garret Anderson and Manny Ramirez. That hadn't happened since 1973, when Pete Rose and Willie Davis reached that milestone on June 19, 1973.
And Garret Anderson wasn't in a celebratory mood despite getting
his 2,000th career hit.Both seemed happy just to be on the winning side Saturday --
something that hasn't happened nearly as often as expected so far
this season for the two-time defending AL West champion Los Angeles
Angels.Escobar pitched seven shutout innings, Anderson had two hits
including a two-run double, and the Angels beat the Los Angeles
Dodgers 9-2.Mike Napoli hit two solo homers for the Angels, who snapped a
three-game losing streak and beat the Dodgers for the first time
this season following four losses in which they were outscored
37-8."We put a lot of good things together," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said. "The bottom line is how we play the game and how we
go about our business."The Angels haven't been playing the game very well lately."We are trying hard to get out of this slump," Escobar said.
"We played great today."Escobar (6-9) scattered eight hits while walking none and
striking out six before being relieved by Brendan Donnelly to start
the eighth. Escobar had seven losses and one no-decision in eight
starts since winning five of his first seven outings."It's been tough on me, the last six, seven weeks, pitching
well at times," the 30-year-old right-hander said. "I don't
believe in bad luck. I believe in good results and bad results.
I've had bad results."Anderson's two-run double capped a three-run third, helping
spoil the NL debut of Mark Hendrickson, acquired by the Dodgers
from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last Tuesday.Anderson singled in the sixth to become the fifth active player
with 2,000 hits and 1,000 RBI for a single franchise, joining Jeff
Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Bernie Williams and Frank Thomas.Anderson, who turned 34 on Friday, is the Angels' career leader
in hits, doubles, total bases and RBI."I'm just looking for 2,001," he replied when asked about the
possibility of getting to 3,000. "Personal milestones are always
overshadowed by the way you're playing."Anderson hasn't been playing very well. Hampered by several
nagging injuries, he's hitting just .263 with seven homers and 46
RBI."Garret's one of the guys we definitely need to give us his
normal year," Scioscia said. "Hopefully, we're going to see it."Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera walked in the first to extend
his streak of reaching base safely via a hit, walk or hit by pitch
to 58 games, tying him with Barry Bonds for the longest such streak
since 1960. The major league record is 84 games by Ted Williams.The Dodgers played about as poorly as the Angels played well,
committing three errors that led to five unearned runs and running
into an out at the plate and another at third when the game was
still competitive."It was a long day at the park, and we're glad that one's
over," Dodgers manager Grady Little said.Napoli opened the second by hitting a 3-1 pitch from Hendrickson
(0-1) into the lower left field seats. Juan Rivera and Robb Quinlan
hit two-out singles later in the inning, with Rivera scoring on
left fielder Andre Ethier's error.The Angels scored three more unearned runs in the third. Maicer
Izturis reached base on Hendrickson's throwing error, stole second
and scored on a two-out single by Vladimir Guerrero. Napoli drew a
walk before Anderson split the right-center field gap.Hendrickson allowed seven hits and five runs -- one earned -- in
five innings."My job is to keep the team in the game, but the pitches I made
were not good pitches, and they made me pay," Hendrickson said.
"I left a lot of pitches up that got hit pretty hard. It just
wasn't our day."The Angels loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against
Aaron Sele before Hong-Chih Kuo relieved and walked Chone Figgins
to force in a run. Another scored when Izturis grounded into a
force play, making it 7-0.Napoli hit his second homer and 10th of the season off Kuo in
the seventh.Jeff Kent and Matt Kemp hit RBI singles for the Dodgers in the
eighth, with both runs charged to Donnelly. The Angels got another
unearned run in the bottom of the inning on a throwing error by
center fielder Kemp.
Bonds reached base safely in 58 straight games in 2003. ...
Cabrera has reached base safely in 73 of 77 games this season. ...
Toby Hall singled in his first at-bat for the Dodgers. Hall, a
catcher, came to Los Angeles with Hendrickson for right-hander Jae
Seo and catcher Dioner Navarro. ... Hendrickson was 4-8 with a 3.81
ERA in 13 starts for the Devil Rays before the trade. This was his
shortest outing of the season. ... Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra,
the NL batting leader, singled in the fourth to extend his hitting
streak to 13 games. .. Anderson was mired in an 8-for-56 slump
before getting his two hits. ... Escobar struck out the side in the
second, fanning J.D. Drew, Kent and Ethier on 12 pitches. ... The
game was played before a crowd of 43,891 -- the 17th sellout at
Angel Stadium this season.